The Woodville West Torrens Football Club is pleased to announce that Tess Baxter has been appointed as the Eagles SANFL Women’s Coach for the 2019 season.

Tess brings with her a wealth of coaching experience from the Adelaide Footy League as a Division 1 Women’s Head Coach for Adelaide University and more recently as an assistant at Norwood’s SANFL Women’s League side. Tess also has a distinguished playing career that links her back to the Club when she represented the Eagles for 2002 to 2008 in Women’s Football.

Tess is currently employed fulltime as the Club Development Officer for the Adelaide Footy League and volunteers as the Coaching and Programs Coordinator for the Adelaide University Women’s Football Club.

“I am extremely excited to be appointed Senior Coach of the Eagles Women’s League team and I fully understand the challenges ahead with establishing a new team that embraces the successful Eagles club culture and philosophies,’ she said.

“The club is making a genuine investment in women’s football by establishing the Women’s Football Committee and is well positioned to ensure long term strategies and goals are implemented for female football.”

Tess appointment follows the formation of the Eagles Women’s Football Committee which was established in June by the Club Board. The committee consists of Christine Williams (Chair), The Hon Susan Close MP, Sally Underdown, Samantha Skuse and Narelle Fletcher. The committee has been established to ensure that the Club positions itself as a leader not only within the SANFL but the broader South Australian sporting community for inclusion and equality in all on field and off field dealings.

“We’re thrilled to have Tess on board – she brings with her significant experience in women’s football coaching and player development,” said Club Football Director David Couzner.

“We are looking forward to working with Tess and the Women’s Football Committee to ensure we implement a high performing female football program, that will ensure not only on field success but more importantly inclusion and equality within the Club.”


Pictured (L-R) – Hon Susan Close MP, Sally Underdown, Christine Williams, Tess Baxter, (Women’s Senior Coach), Samantha Skuse & Narelle Fletcher

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