McSherry to take reins at Towns

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Inaugural Towns' women's coach Mandy McSherry, centre, with Towns Football Club president Jimmy Rouse and Roebuck Bay Hotel general manager Stewart Burchell.
Camera IconInaugural Towns' women's coach Mandy McSherry, centre, with Towns Football Club president Jimmy Rouse and Roebuck Bay Hotel general manager Stewart Burchell. Credit: Carly Laden

The 2020 WKFL season will mark a new era for the Towns Football Club and women’s football in the West Kimberley.

Towns, who have enjoyed plenty of success in the men’s competition dating back several decades, are set to be welcoming a women’s team into the fold as they begin their hunt for players.

Although player recruitment is in the early stages, Towns have already named their inaugural coach, Mandy McSherry.

McSherry, affectionately known as Macca, will be joining Towns after stints in the WAWFL at Swan Districts, serving as head coach of the Cable Beach Greenbacks women’s team, and taking the field herself during the 2019 season.

McSherry said it felt very special to be named the inaugural coach for the incoming Town’s women’s team.

“It will be a first for a lot of us at lots of levels not just for the club but for me as well,” she said.

“I’ve never built a team from scratch before, so it will be a challenge but it’s one I’m certainly looking forward to. I would also like to thank Cable Beach Football Club for all the opportunities they have given me over the years.”

McSherry said the level of interest around Broome towards women’s football was very exciting.

“There’s plenty of numbers in the other teams, so I think building a new list is going to be very exciting and challenging at the same time,” she said.

Towns Football Club president Jimmy Rouse said recruiting McSherry was an easy decision after she initially contacted the club. “We looked into her background and found out she’s very prominent in women’s football in WA with a lot of accolades to her name,” he said.

“But when we had a conversation with her and finding out she wanted to develop a club-focused culture, that was when we knew it would be a match made in heaven.

“Developing a women’s team has been on the cards for a while here at Towns to round out the competition and expand our club, so it’s great that we’re making progress.”

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