The Tumut Bulls will enter the 2019 season with some new faces in their coaching roster, including a 26-year rugby veteran swapping her boots for a clipboard.
With the start of the season still over three months away from kick off, the Bulls have confirmed the coaches of all four senior grades, enabling them to set their sights on preparations for next season.
Following the announcement of the new 10s format in the women’s competition, and after a tireless 26-year career, Tumut Bullette Lorraine Ngauma has agreed to steer the club into the new era and hopes to have an impact in women’s rugby in the region.
It will be the first time Ngauma won’t take to rugby field in almost three decades and also her first time coaching a women’s side. Ngauma does have some experience as a coach, having coached junior sides in the past.
But it was the new 10-a-side format of the competition which caused Ngauma to hang up her boots and try her hand at coaching a women’s side.
“This will be my first year not playing in a while so I’m keen to have a bit of a rest,” she said.
“It’s my first time coaching a women’s side, I’ve coached under 12s and 15s but I think the 10’s is why I took it.
“I think for me I just want to introduce stronger rugby.”
Moving from seven players to 10, matches will be closer to the traditional 15-a-side format and allows players more opportunity to showcase their skills.
And it’s the chance to spread the word about the competition which has Ngauama most excited for her new challenge.
“I want to introduce stronger rugby especially for the younger kids,” she said.
“The younger ones are already playing tackle in high school or their grades.
“But if they see us playing with hard hits, they might say I want to play women’s too. “Just getting the word out there would be awesome.”
Also joining the coaching ranks of the Bulls will be the father and son duo of David and Damien West.
The pairing will take over the second-grade side previously coached by Mat Chapman. Second grade was the most successful of all Bulls side’s last year finishing just one game shy of a grand final berth.
Another experienced campaigner, Shane Herrington, takes charge of the Bulls third-grade side following on from their most successful season in 2018. Herrington was a large part of both third and second grade in 2018, and steps into the role after acting as assistant coach of third grade.
Brad Gorman and Morgan Greivas will take charge of the Tumut Bulls first-grade side once against in 2019.