Mick Stinear had no clue he was helping create a future job for himself when in 2008 he helped start a “Girls in Auskick” campaign to get more girls out playing Saturday mornings. Now he’s head coach of the women’s side at pioneer club Melbourne having leapt at the rare chance to shape a team from scratch.
Mick is stoked seeing his players’ rapid progress. As newcomers to elite level football, the girls aren’t used to seeing vision of themselves and their technique at training and he says so much development takes place within one player and within the group just within a single training session.
Mick’s crew also includes 23 off-field staff at a club where he says everyone’s keen to help and improve each other and where the players have got a thirst to develop.
Mick believes the quality of VFL next year for the Women’s will be even higher especially when so many of the players will have done an AFL preseason and played in the 8 week competition.
“Hopefully we’re in a position where the depth is greater with the quality coming through where we can expand the teams and expand the competition length. I don’t see any reason why it can’t sit alongside the men’s comp in years to come. I’m conscious there’s a fair bit of work to be put in prior to that but that’s where it belongs”.