Photo: Yass Magpies KFS (Sharon Prins Photography)

The Yass Magpies Ladies have been working hard throughout preseason training for the upcoming first round in the 2022 Blumers Lawyers Katrina Fanning Shield (KFS).

On April 30 the Magpies face the Goulburn City Bulldogs at 12pm on home turf at Walker Park.

Yass Magpies KFS coach Brendon Housden said they have a good squad this season with about 22 players. The team consists of several locals, a couple of players from Canberra and the surrounding areas and a few rep players.

“It’s looking like it’s going to shape up with a really strong squad this year,” he said. “We’ve got some returning players that have always been a standout in the past and I hope they will continue that trend.”

“Hollie Massey, one of our halves always brings it every week but the whole team’s looking really well.”

“Every player is on the same page and the improvement in some areas from other players has been fantastic as well,” the coach said. “So hopefully, the whole team will stand out once we’re in there and having a go.”

This will be Brendon’s inaugural season as the KFS coach after tearing his ACL midseason last year while playing Reserve Grade and First Grade for the Magpies Men’s teams.

“Unfortunately, I can’t play this year but thought I’d still get involved and coach the girls’ team,” he said.

Brendon said he was a bit hesitant to accept the coaching position at first after considering taking a break from footy.

“But the opportunity came up and I thought, ‘why not?’ and it’s been great so far, I’m really enjoying it.

“The training has been going well,” he said. “Meeting the new and returning players, working on new schemes, new plays, and all that kind of thing.”

The new coach said he was running things a bit differently from how they’ve been run in the past.

Brendon said firstly he hopes to be consistent throughout the season, but the premiership of course remains the goal.

“A premiership looks pretty good if you can play consistent footy throughout the year.”

Last season was cut short due to Covid a couple of weeks out from finals, but the girls were trending in the right direction with a series of wins under their belt.

But Brendon said he’s really looking forward to his first year as a coach. “I’ve helped teams in the past but never had the main job, so just looking forward to a solid year and hopefully we can get a premiership.”

In other news, the Magpies men’s sides take on the Goulburn City Bulldogs at Workers Arena in Goulburn at 1:20pm in Reserve Grade and 3:00pm in First grade this Sunday, April 24.

By Brianna O’Rourke