ONE OF SYDNEY’S OLDEST AFL CLUBS, WESTERN SUBURBS AUSTRALIAN FOOTBALL CLUB (WSAFC), HAVE UNVEILED A NEW NAME AND TWO NEW HEAD COACHES AHEAD OF THE 2019 SEASON.
Western Suburbs Magpies men’s club and the women’s team named the Western Wolves, have officially merged to become known as Inner West Magpies, effective immediately.
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Based in Sydney’s Croydon Park at WH Wagener and Picken Ovals since the early 20th century, there is a proud history across both men’s and women’s competitions and the new name signals a big change for the Club affectionately known as ‘Wests.’
Wests are one of the oldest AFL clubs in Sydney originally playing in the 1926 competition and operating continuously since 1947. The Western Wolves were the first women’s team in the Sydney women’s league and won the first historic grand final at Wagener Oval in 2000.
WSAFC President Nick Miller is excited for the changes at Picken Oval saying it represents the start of the next chapter for everyone involved.
“The Men’s and Women’s teams have previously worked side by side, but this new name officially signals the coming together of an official collaboration between the two and also celebrates the long-standing connection with our local community.
“There is a great atmosphere surrounding the Club at the moment and I know there is an excellent base of volunteers and coaches here ready to develop the talent we have at Inner West Magpies,” he said.
The Club’s Vice President and a Western Wolves foundation player, Yvette Andrews, said she was enormously proud.
“We led the way with the formation of a women’s league in Sydney.
“Now the official joining of these two great Clubs shows how far women’s AFL has come and sets up the Inner Wests Magpies as the premier club of the modern game,” she said.
With over 30 years of coaching experience Kevin Eynaud will take on the position of Director of Football.
As part of his lengthy resume, Eynaud was part of the Adelaide Crows Talent Identification program for six years and has also been involved as a coach for Sydney’s 1st grade representative time on seven occasions.
“I am genuinely excited to see what the future holds. There is a long road until round one, but with a solid preparation and our tight knit community I know we will be able to achieve our goals as a group.
“It’s great to be at a Club where there is a lot of energy and the amount of change which has happened over a short time makes it really exciting,” he said.
Arron Convery steps up from Assistant Coach to Head Coach of the women’s premier division team in 2019 and says it is a great time to be at the Club.
“Since the decision was made in September last year to merge there has been nothing but excitement and enthusiasm from both camps.
Born and raised in Victoria, Convery has played AFL since the age of six, as part of his career he has coached the Navy side three times and also been Assistant coach for the Australian Defence Force (ADF).
“I am thrilled at the talented bunch of women we have here, with a lot of hard work during pre-season I am predicting a strong performance this season.
“I encourage any women out there, whether you have played or not, to get down to Picken Oval for some training and experience what a great group this is for yourself, you won’t regret it,’ he said.
In recognition of their proud history and to the women who brought female football to Picken Oval, the new women’s jersey will likely incorporate the initials WWWAFC.
Pre-season continues for all men’s and women’s senior teams as well as U19 men’s every Tuesday and Thursday from 6:15pm either at Picken Oval or Wagener Oval (check website & social media for latest details).
Picture from left to right : Melissa Freckelton (2019 Inner West Magpies Women’s captain), Christien Specha (Women’s Assistant Coach), Yvette Andrews (WSAFC Vice President), Nick Miller (WSAFC President), Kevin Eynaud (2019 Director of Football), Callum McEvoy (2019 Inner West Magpies Men’s senior player).