Junior footy player heads back to roots

Zak Mola has been appointed Whitford Junior Football Club’s under-18 head coach.
Zak Mola has been appointed Whitford Junior Football Club’s under-18 head coach.

WHITFORD Junior Football Club has appointed former junior player and WA amateur footballer Zak Mola as this season’s under-18 head coach.

The appointment was a collaboration between the junior club and its aligned amateur club, Whitford Warriors.

Mola represented WA in the under-19s WAAFL side from 2017-2019, was captain of Whitford Warriors’ colts and a 2018 premiership player winning best on ground in the finals, and was a won the Year 10 and 11 Whitford fairest and best along with other awards during his years at the junior club.

He said his coaching philosophy would focus on developing the player as a whole person, rather than just concentrating on physical abilities.

“The under-18 coaching and training will be constructed within an inclusive environment designed to motivate players to increase their overall participation and enjoyment in the game,” Mola said.

“Preparedness, resourcefulness and confidence in a player leads to fantastic results. Every team wants to win but winning will not be over emphasised to the detriment of the reputation of the player(s) and club.”

Whitford Junior Football Club president Barry Lloyd and under-18 head coach Zak Mola.

Club president Barry Lloyd said he was delighted Mola would be continuing to give back to his junior club.

“We have loved watching Zak play throughout the years and develop into a fantastic player and upstanding young man,” he said.

“What excited us about Zak was not only his impressive list of achievements in football to date but also that his values align to those of the club, around inclusiveness, holistic player development and ensuring mutual respect for umpires, spectators, parents and players alike”.

Pre-season training has started, at 5pm on Mondays at MacDonald Reserve in Padbury.

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