Eagles coach to lead girls’ team

New Colac Imperials’ under-18 girls’ coach Craig Hardingham is calling on interested players to join the club’s pre-season training, which kicks off tomorrow. The team, featuring Keeley Hardingham, Taylah Hassett and Jess Woods, reached a grand final last year.

Re-appointed Western Eagles co-coach Craig Hardingham is gearing up for a busy winter after taking on a second coaching role leading the district’s up-and-coming junior girls’ footballers.

Hardingham is the Colac Imperials’ new under-18 girls’ coach after assistant coaching the side to an AFL Barwon Division One grand final appearance last year alongside co-coaches Ethan Schroder and Georgia Watson.

He will also retain his role as Western Eagles’ senior men’s co-coach in the Colac district league this year alongside Grant Armistead.

Hardingham said he was eager to get involved in developing Colac and district’s female footballers and give back to the game which had supported him for decades.

“I suppose having the involvement last year, I really enjoyed working with the girls last year, helping Ethan and Georgia out,” he said.

“Tim (Hassett) approached me to see if I wanted to do it and I thought ‘I’m there most weeks anyway’.

“And I guess once again it’s just trying to give something back to a sport that has given me plenty over the years.”

Hardingham’s daughter Keeley will play in the side when she is not playing with NAB League side Geelong Falcons, with the Hardinghams’ winter weekends all but tied to a footy oval somewhere in Victoria.

Hardingham said he was eager to welcome new players, not just into the under-18s side but to the entire female football contingent this pre-season, which kicks off tomorrow.

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