WESTERN ROAR NETBALL CLUB COACHING TEAM 2019
Andrea McCulloch – Head Coach & League: Andrea has been the League coach with Perth Lions over the past four seasons. A premiership in her first season in 2015 and top two for all Perth Lions teams in 2018 would indicate the club is headed in the right direction. Previously she was the reserves coach and assistant league coach for Perth Lions. Andrea played her netball with Royals and Storm Netball Clubs before the pull of coaching at the higher level was too strong. She is an outstanding mentor, organised and has a strong development plan for the club. She has coached U/19 and Western Sting teams and been an assistant to the U/17 and U/21 teams previously. Andrea has Netball Australia Elite Coach Accreditation.
Dylan McPherson – Assistant Coach League: Dylan was lured to Perth Lions in 2018 from South East Demons where he was the League Assistant Coach. He has been a valuable acquisition to the club especially with his calmness, passion and ability to relate to the players about the current style of the game having himself played the game at both club, State and National levels. He is a current Australian Men’s Open player and was a part of the successful Trans Tasman Cup winning team in October 2018. Dylan attempts to bring skills and tactics across from the men’s game and believes in the usefulness of thinking outside the box as the sport evolves.
Karen Turnbull – Coach 20 & Under: Karen has coached at WANL level for many years and has won seven WANL premierships over the past seven years in Reserves with Coastal Sharks (2012-2016) and 18 & under (2017 and 2018). Karen has a proven track record that always gets the best out of the team she coaches and develops them to be outstanding netballers. Karen’s experience stems from her early playing career with Royals then Perth Bullets and numerous State teams. She was the inaugural 18 & under Bullets coach in 2000. It was fitting that in the first and last year of the WANL 18 & Under competition, Karen coached Perth Bullets/Lions to premierships. She has coached State underage U/17 and U/19 teams along with her many years at WANL level. As a player Karen was a dour defender and picked off many a ball with her quick footwork. Karen is without doubt one of the best coaches in the State and Western Roar is very lucky to have her as part of our team.
Vanessa Howes – Assistant Coach 20 & Under: Vanessa was born into netball royalty as her grandmother was Maude Matthews (Matthews Netball Centre) and she grew up playing against and with elite netballers under Bette Allison’s tuition at Royal NC. From the age of 14 she represented the state in all under age national competitions from 16 through to under 21’s and then played for the open state team for many years. She participated at club netball for her entire netball career , was selected in the inaugural WAIS program and also the State league competition where she played for Coastals and Perth Bullets spanning for many years.
Ness excelled at every position on the court and her knowledge of the game means she can give all players an insight into tactics and tips on how to improve their own game but also how to stop opponents. Ness has taken on coaching roles for many years at Royals NC and Newman College and has only returned to the state league arena recently.
Rick Berwick – Men’s Coach: Rick brings with him a wealth of experience coaching netball at Rangers and Flames Netball Regions at WANL League level, Orioles apprentice coach, State Open Assistant Coach plus numerous top level coaching positions in Tasmania. He has coached more than 90 League games over eight seasons and in 2004 successfully led Rangers to a Division 1 premiership. He also played in the Tasmania Open Men’s team for four seasons. Rick had a very successful 2018 as the coach of Perth Lions men’s team leading them to top position and narrowly losing the Grand Final. He has assembled an impressive lineup that should give the title a real shake!
Craig Worthington – Men’s Assistant Coach: Craig is a married father of two. He is the current Vice President of the Canning Vale Firebirds Netball Club where he coaches both of his daughter’s teams.
Craig’s previous experience includes coaching at Southern Districts Association and Academy teams for South East Demons Region. Craig joined the Perth Lions in 2018 as the Men’s team Assistant Coach.
Western Roar Squads 2019
Head Coach: Andrea McCulloch
Assistant Coach: Dylan McPherson
20 & Under Squad
Coach: Karen Turnbull
Assistant Coach: Vanessa Howes
Coach: Rick Berwick
Assistant Coach: Craig Worthington
Congratulations to the following athletes