Ian Rix has stepped down as head coach of the Bakers Creek Senior Women’s team. Photo: Callum Dick
Ian Rix has stepped down as head coach of the Bakers Creek Senior Women’s team. Photo: Callum Dick

Women’s footy dynasty on hunt for next premiership coach

The trailblazers of women’s Aussie rules in Mackay are on the hunt for a new senior coach.

Longtime competition benchmark Bakers Creek Tigresses are so far without a magnet mover in 2021, following incumbent coach Ian Rix’s decision to step away after more than a decade involved with the club.

Rix’s departure has left a sizeable hole in the ranks of the 2020 runners-up, but skipper Dominique Healy says it also presents an opportunity for the team to move in a new direction.

“In a sense it’s a chance for us to reinvent ourselves – not drastically, but just to get a different perspective,” she said.

“A lot of girls who have been coached only by Rixy had maybe reached their peak.

“I think with a fresh set of eyes and some different coaching ideas, we might see more growth in them.”

Healy said the club had undergone a changing of the guard in the off-season, with a new committee and fresh faces in various playing and administration roles across the board.

The Tigresses have also had a sizeable player turnover, though the core group still remains.

“We’re looking for someone who is as dedicated as we are,” Healy said.

“Who is willing to go that extra mile and put in the hard yards for us.

“I think we have a fantastic leadership team and we will take it upon ourselves to get our fitness in check and make sure the rest of the team is carrying its weight, so when it comes to coaching … we need someone who can do the basics right.”

Bakers Creek captain Dominique Healy. Photo: Callum Dick
Bakers Creek captain Dominique Healy. Photo: Callum Dick

A prospective coach would take the reins of the most successful women’s side in Mackay – though no longer considered the benchmark.

The 2018 and 2019 AFL Mackay Senior Women’s premiers came up short against Mackay City in the grand final last year.

Healy said that loss still burns within the playing group and redemption is driving the Tigresses’ 2021 preparations.

“That was an unfortunate loss to the Hawks, but it gave us something to work hard for this year,” Healy said.

“Hawks were certainly the better team on the day and I think that shows just how much the comp has improved. I think a lot of people – some of our players included – were expecting to roll them in the final. “It shows that if you put the hard yards in and have a good coach, anything is possible.”

AFL Mackay 2020 Women's grand final: Mackay City Hawks captain Mel McLeod (left) and Bakers Creek Tigresses captain Dominique Healy. Photo: Callum Dick
AFL Mackay 2020 Women's grand final: Mackay City Hawks captain Mel McLeod (left) and Bakers Creek Tigresses captain Dominique Healy. Photo: Callum Dick

Anyone interested in coaching the Bakers Creek Tigresses in the AFL Mackay Senior Women’s competition this year can phone club president Ash Ryan on 0488 224 224 or message the club on Facebook.

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