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Edwards Reappointed As Lions Women’s Coach

Following an impressive 2017 season in charge, Kingborough Lions United FC have reappointed Simon Edwards as the Head Coach of their Senior Women’s program for the 2018 season.

The 2017 season was a successful one for the Lions Women’s football program, as they stepped up to the Women’s Super League having not played in the pilot season in 2016. Edwards led his young side to a season of significant improvement as they claimed a sixth place finish, chalking up 4 wins and 15 points. After a 2016 campaign that ended with just 1 win and a last placed finish in the Southern Championship; it was a significant leap forwards and a pleasing sign of the development that has taken place under Edwards stewardship. His young squad improved as the year wore on and in the likes of Laura Davis, Emille Tatton and Samantha Watkins they have some very exciting prospects that should only get better and lead to further steps forward in 2018.

Edwards said he was pleased with the development that took place in 2017 and hailed the improvement of his side.

“The 2017 season saw a youthful squad step into Senior Women’s football in our PFD Womens Super League and Southern Women’s Championship teams. We achieved our objectives for the group, including development of the young players’ mental strength and focus. Despite some injury setbacks, there was a clear and significant improvement in the quality of football being delivered by our WSL team. The SCW team also delivered an excellent season. A number of our players were selected to represent Tasmania in National Football Championships which was a pleasing achievement for the program.”

Edwards involvement at Kingborough is extensive, he is currently serving as Technical Director at the club and he has now coached with the Lions for over 9 years.

He will head a coaching team that will include Lions’ 2017 Southern Women’s Championship coach Martin Dunnington and 2017 WSL assistant coach Jaimie Clarke and Ashley Bastock as sports trainer, appointments Edwards praised.

“Jaimie and Martin have excellent football knowledge, coaching skills and are passionate. We are all on the same page with the goals for 2018. I am looking forward to working with them again during the 2018 season”

Edwards added that new players were welcome to come along to preseason as he looks to bolster his playing stocks for next season.

“We invite players aspiring to play at the highest level who want to be part of a great program to get in touch and come along to a session at Lightwood Park, Kingston with pre-season sessions already under way. Cycle 1 commences for the full squad on Monday 20 November 6:15pm ”

Club President Warren Isles was optimistic for 2018 upon finalising the coaching panel.

“Congratulations to the entire Women’s High Performance coaching team. I’m sure you’ll all continue with the great progress made last season.”

The coaching announcement comes after last month the Lions revealed their NPL coaching setup for next season. As the club often referred to as the sleeping giants of Tasmanian football look to improve their fortunes in 2018.