Lionesses hunting the big game
Andrew Mallett is a builder by trade, and he’s taken a master craftsmen approach to the Coffs United Lionesses who have secured the women’s 2nd Division South Premiership.
The slick United team have gone through season 2021 undefeated – with 15 wins, and a draw. Eighty goals to the good, and just five conceded.
With hindsight, some have countered the club was ready for 1st Division this year, but coach Andrew begs to differ – while relishing the challenge in the top flight in ’22.
“We’ve been rebuilding. We had a lot of players leave through moving away, work and babies. But we were able to keep our general core of young players,” he said.
“We had lots of 16s coming through and they saved our bacon.”
In his fourth year at the helm, Andrew said with a limited group of players to call upon – things were switched up.
“We had to make training fun most of the time, like not doing the same thing,” he said.
“Sometimes you have to take a step backward to go forward.
“But to go through undefeated is a very big thing. The girls have listened and learned.”
One of the club’s innovations has seen their 16s train once a month with the senior women.
“That’s created a good rapport. They (the younger ones) are laughing and joking and getting in the mix and can see what it’s about,” Andrew said.
While the current season isn’t done, Coffs United are already forward planning to joining the women’s 1st Division next year.
Andrew said they were scouting for a few experienced players, to add to the current emerging squad.
“If we had of gone in (to 1st Division) this year we would have copped some thrashings and that’s not good. Next year we believe we’ll be competitive,” he said.