Wests Scarborough rugby club has revamped their coaching structure for the 2021 season elevating local coaching talent through their ranks.
Former Director of Rugby and premiership winner Dwayne Grace will return to the head coaching role in 2021 having guided the side to the first of their back-to-back premierships in 2016.
Grace will join current coaches Lio Falaniko and Daniel Whiston who both had an extremely impressive 2020 season taking an incredibly young side to the Fortescue Premier Grade. Semi-Finals last year while gaining valuable experience at that level.
Long-time member of Wests Scarborough, Grace has an extremely impressive coaching resume under his belt both at state and national level. His accolades also include awards as RugbyWA Coach of the Year in 2013, 2015 and 2016.
Adding to an already extremely deep coaching line-up Scott Batters will also join the senior coaching team signing on to work with the Wests Colts side.
New Director of Rugby Bryn Postans has come into the role with a clear focus towards promoting talent internally and Batters new role with the Wests Colts side is a testament to that.
“Wests has identified how important our youth program is to the long-term sustainability of the club and having a coach of Scott’s stature work with these players shows how much we value player development and promoting from within,” Postans said.
“Scott has a wealth of experience and worked with our U18’s last season so was a natural choice as Head Coach.”
Filling out the rest of the Senior Men’s coaching group is James Edwards who will coach the reserve grade side and Former Premier Grade captain Matty O’Brien who will support in the development of the Colts and Reserve Grade playing group.
Wests have also announced the formation of a new Women’s team lead by RugbyWA Women’s assistant coach Christain Cano.
Cano has been assigned the role of the head of both the girls and the women’s rugby programs at Wests
“I am hugely excited and optimistic about the opportunity at Wests,” Cano said.
“Seeing an army of girls play in the junior competition last season was a joy to witness, I want to ensure these girls belong to a program from juniors right through to seniors, cementing a rugby pathway which sees them enjoy the amazing opportunities and life skills the game of rugby provides.”
“The work done to date at Wests has been amazing and an example to all clubs throughout WA, and I can’t wait to see what the future provides”.
Joining Cano to work within the Junior Girls program will be Former Wallaroo and RugbyWA player Natasha Anderson who has signed on to progress her career as a coach.
Anderson has expressed a real desire to enhance the profile of the women’s game here in WA, and in order to do so, she recognises the need to grow the youth side of the game.
She has therefore excitedly put her hand up to assist with the coaching of the Junior Girl’s program at Wests in order to help our young players develop and fulfil their potential.