Coaches – Female Football

Senior Women – Stuart Craven

Stuart lives in Drysdale with his wife Karen & 14yo daughter Tess. He played over 300 senior games ofcravo
football starting with Hallora in 1987, Neerim Sth 1989-91 & Warragul Industrials 1992-1995. In 1996 he
moved to Powerhouse in the VAFA where he won two Senior B&F’s & capatained the 2000 Premiership
side. He arrived at Drysdale in 2002 & that year played in a Grand Final & won the Leaugue Goalkicking.
Post playing he spent 9 years on the committee, coached the Reserves in 2006 & was Senior Football
Director for 2015-16.
Coaching Philosophy:
“ I believe our game is the hardest game in the world & I love constantly teaching the players new things &
watching them improve. I want players to love the game as much as I do, play with passion & always put
their team first. Most of all I want the players to challenge themselves & have a great time – that is what
football is all about”

Under 15’s – Prue Davies

Prue lives in Ocean Grove with her husband Matt. Her Senior footy career started with the North CairnsGirls coach Prue
Tigers in Queensland in 2009 where she also represented North Queensland in their interleague. She
coached the Bermagui Breakers inaugural women’s team in 2016 and the New South Wales South Coast
junior representative side in 2015. In 2017 Prue was part the inaugural Senior Women’s team at Drysdale
Hawks & was a star coming third in the league best and fairest and being selected for the Goldfields team
of the year, she was also runner up best and fairest in the Drysdale Hawks club vote count. In 2018 Prue
was appointed Club Captain.
Coaching Philosophy:
“ I want to be a positive role model, someone the girls can look up to, to become strong, confident women.
For me it goes beyond just teaching them to play footy. Obviously i want them to succeed on the field, but
to see the girls respect one another & show real confidence in themselves is what’s most rewarding”

Under 12’s – Shane Kennedy

Shane lives in Drysdale with his wife Emily and their 11 year old daughter Alice. He teaches Year 6 atGirls coach Shane
Drysdale Primary School. Shane started his footy career at St Kevin’s Old Boys in the VAFA and was a
premiership player in 1996. After moving to Drysdale in 1999 he joined the Hawks, playing as a key
defender in two Grand Finals in three seasons & being selected in the Team of the Decade for 2000-2009.
He first got into coaching as an assistant for the Geelong Grammar 1st XVIII. While working in local
primary schools he invariably found himself coaching the school teams & coached his first girls team in
this environment. Much to the club’s delight he came back to Drysdale FC when the U/12 girls was
introduced this year.
Coaching Philosophy:
“ The underlying theme to my coaching is that my kids need to be improving, but also having fun.
Coaching 20-odd girls in their first ever season of football makes this very achievable. We also regularly
practice how to celebrate a goal and how to slide through a puddle!”

quote tanya brady