Football: Fremantle AFLW captain Kara Donnellan appointed Swan Districts women’s league coach

Kara Donnellan looks forward to the
camaraderie of AFLW. Picture: Bruce Hunt d475708
Kara Donnellan looks forward to the camaraderie of AFLW. Picture: Bruce Hunt d475708

SWAN Districts stalwart and Fremantle AFLW captain Kara Donnellan has been appointed as the Swans’ women’s league coach after a short stint in the role this season.

The 26-year-old premiership midfielder, who is also Swan Districts’ V Swans academy manager, coached the league side following the departure of premiership coach Nicole Graves.

Graves headed east to Carlton Football Club as the head of women’s football in July.

Donnellan (26), who spoke to Community News ahead of tonight’s Fremantle AFLW season launch, said she was excited for the challenge ahead.

“It’s a great feeling to be able to give back to the football club that has given me so much over the last six years, both on and off the field,” she said.

“I am looking forward to having the group from the start and being able to implement a game plan from day one of pre-season and grow on that throughout the season.”

Donnellan said she was looking forward to building on relationships with her teammates, learning from coaches at the club and continuing to build a strong football community.

Her long-term goals included achieving success, providing opportunities for players and helping grow a semi-professional program that bridged the gap between State and AFLW levels.

“I want to help develop our players so they succeed at the current level and provide them with the resources and knowledge that will enable their advancement so they can excel at the next,” she said.

“I want to impart what I have learnt over my last three years in an AFLW system and help bump up the standards of our state league programs.

“I have a game plan that will complement the players at the football club, is easy to understand and will be an exciting brand of football to play and watch.

“As a player I play to win premierships, as a coach that doesn’t change – I want to win premierships and win games and continue the rich history of this club.”

While she was set on “tackling” her third season at Fremantle, she had not thought about playing in the WA Women’s Football League next season as she would assess her body after the AFLW pre-season.