Netball Queensland is excited to announce Simone Nalatu as the State 19U Head Coach for the 2019 National Championships to be held in Brisbane next year.
Nalatu, a former Queensland Firebird (2005 – 2007) and Fiji World Cup representative (2008), brings an abundance of coaching experience to the role.
Before taking the reins of the 17U State team for the last two years, she coached and played for the Suncoast Lynx in the Queensland State Netball League.
The Head Coach appointment tops off a huge year in which she completed her Elite Coaching Accreditation, the penultimate level in the accreditation framework.
Richard McInnes, Netball Queensland General Manager – High Performance, said that the introduction of the dual assistant coaching team was testament to the quantity and quality of coaches starting to filter through the Queensland system.
“One of our priorities is the development of a local pool of quality coaches, the interest in these roles has resulted in the appointment of a Head Coach and two Assistant Coaches to each program.”
“This is consistent with our approach around the Queensland Firebirds playing list, who boast the largest number of Australians and the largest number of locally developed players of all SSN teams in 2018 and 2019. Netball Queensland are committed to developing and promoting local coaches as often as possible and our new structure provides additional opportunities for coaches who have worked through our competition structures at various levels,” he said.
Jo Morgan, another former Firebird and Australian Diamond will join Kerrianne Farrelly in the joint assistant coaching roles that are being implemented across the high-performance programs next season.
Morgan, who has spent many years coaching in the Queensland school system, will join the state coaching ranks for the first time.
Kerrianne Farrelly retains her role as 19U Assistant Coach, a position she has held for the last 2 years. Kerrianne has shown great commitment to the State program throughout this time, making the long drive down from Hervey Bay to attend trainings and is also a highly regarded coach developer in the Netball Queensland Emerging Talent Program.
McInnes said that over the past few years the underage programs have been restructured to ensure that people living outside the south east corner are not disadvantaged.
“Kerrianne is a great example of the success of that, as was Georgia Cox from Townsville and Rachel Faanana from Cairns, who with funding from Netball Queensland, were last year able to complete all training sessions with their respective state underage teams,” he said.
“It is really important to us that we ensure those players, coaches and umpires in regional centres that have the talent, also have the opportunities to pursue their dreams.”
“This coaching team complements each other, led by Simone whose playing background was in the midcourt. Jo supported the 17U program this year as a specialist shooting coach, and Kerrianne Farrelly worked with the outstanding defensive unit in the 19’s this year.”
To round out the team, Emma Wakefield makes her return to Brisbane as 19U Team Manager. Wakefield has international experience in the role, having managed the Republic of Ireland Netball team across 20 tests between 2012-2014.