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CowleyBLAIR PITCH PROJECT: Blair Cowley returns as Melville women's coach for 2016

Melville appoints Blair Cowley as women's coach - 2016-02-09


Blair Cowley has rejoined the women's football coaching team at Melville United for 2016.

Cowley, 33, will focus on shaping and reinvigourating Melville's first team while Lance Vervoort and Andrea Timings will concentrate on the development of lower-division players.

Cowley previously coached Melville women in 2011, a season in which he was also named club person of the year.

In 2013 he was coach of the WaiBop FTC U15 girls team, and in 2014 he played for the Melville federation team before getting married last year.

He has a New Zealand senior level II badge and all his junior qualifications.

"I've had some time off and now want to get back into it," Cowley said. "I first got roped into coaching 12 years ago and found I derived enjoyment and satisfaction from it.

"I want to help Lance and Andrea build the women's side of the club."

Cowley said there was great potential to develop women's football at Melville.

"I want to build upon the good work Lance did with the first team last year."

Melville club captain Phil Wheatley was delighted Cowley was again dusting off his coaching manual.

"Blair has been a pillar of this club in a variety of roles, from committee member to senior player to coach, and is held in very high esteem," he said.

"It is most pleasing to be building a depth of resources in our women's coaching ranks, with Lance and Andrea also continuing their involvement."

Melville's first women's muster is on Thursday (February 11) at 6pm at the Alison St (clubrooms) end of Gower Park.

Melville invite all former, existing, and intending female players and request they register their interest as early as possible to allow for the best possible planning for our teams.

For further information, contact Andrea Timings, Ph 0273403841.

Trainings will be held weekly on Thursdays until the conclusion of Melville twilight businesshouse 6-a-side on February 17, then will move to 6pm on Wednesdays (from February 24).