With less than a month to the start of the 2018 National Women’s League, Northern Football Federation are delighted to announce a team of highly experienced coaching staff to lead Northern for the 2018 campaign.Heading up the coaching staff is Gemma Lewis who joins Northern from cross town rivals Auckland Football. Lewis who is also Assistant Coach to both the NZ U-17 and U-20 Women’s teams is looking forward to working with the Women from Northern and is excited to get the campaign underway."I’m really excited, it’s going to be a new challenge for me. I know there is some really good talent this side of the bridge and I’m really excited to work with the girls and get underway"
“Obviously we want to go as far as we can this year, I have always thought that Northern have the potential to win the league each year. The standard of players we have is of a great calibre. I think we would be selling our selfs short if I said we didn’t want to be up there and be pushing to win the league” said LewisJoining Lewis is former Football Ferns Sports Scientist Harriet Steele, former Canterbury Pride Assistant Coach Shane Verma and Goal Keeping coach Kaitlyn Savage."We have a very talented and experienced coaching staff line up including Harriet, Shane and Kaitlyn. They will bring a lot to the table and I think it will be a good group to work together with the players" said LewisWith the changes in the league format for 2018 Lewis believes the quality of the league will only get better and will be even closer than ever."Going to two rounds and playing everyone twice is going to really open up the league. Last year was really close in terms of the competition and with the changes this year, I think we can get really excited about the league"
Check out the full interview with Northern's newly appointed Head Coach Gemma Lewis below
NWL Coaching Staff 2018
The National Women’s League kicks off 16 September with the draw available at nff.org.nz/northernlights
Article added: Thursday 26 July 2018