DOUBLEVIEW-based Hale Hockey Club has announced the appointment of Hockeyroo and former captain of Australia Madonna Blyth as player-coach of its elite women’s program.
Respected by teammates and opponents for her tactical awareness, on-ball talent, ability to read the game and domination of opponents, Blythe returns to the club where she played when first drafted through the Australian Institute of Sport system in 2004.
She will lead the club’s women’s team, which has won promotion to the State League for the 2017 season.
With a thriving junior program and a host of young talented players, Blythe will lead and shape a new generation of elite women’s hockey at Hale Hockey Club, ably assisted in the coaching ranks by former teammate and 200-game Hockeyroo Nicole Arrold.
Club president Kane Greenaway said he was thrilled to have Blythe back at the club.
“We’re thrilled to get Madonna back to the Hale Hockey Club,” he said.
“This is a milestone day for the club.
“Madonna came here as a young and talented teenager and won many admirers for the way she played the game.
“We’ve watched in awe as her career developed and to have the opportunity to get her to come back here at such a pivotal time in our club’s development is perfect.
“We want her to create a legacy of success that will survive for the club to compete for premierships for generations to come.
“At an elite level in our men’s and women’s program we are now providing the best club coaching in Perth. Put that alongside our facilities and social set-up; we’re the perfect club for hockey players of any level or age.”
Hale Hockey Club has built up a large array of former international players and current international coaches in its elite coaching ranks, including current Kookaburra assistant coach David Guest, and has a thriving Junior Academy in which young players are coached by a group of experienced current internationals.