Hervey Bay Seagulls club president and women's coach Brendan Bowers.
Hervey Bay Seagulls club president and women's coach Brendan Bowers. Valerie Horton

Bowers remains Hervey Bay's women's coach

BRENDAN Bowers will remain Hervey Bay's coach after a successful return to Bundaberg Rugby League's A-grade women's competition.

The first women's Seagulls team in seven years reached the preliminary final in 2017, and Bowers, who is also the club's president, will try to take the team two wins deeper in the 2018 campaign.

He said most players would stay for another crack at the BRL title, and indicated there could be some new faces among the squad.

Seagull Faava Rokeni. Bundaberg Rugby League women's match: Hervey Bay Seagulls v Isis Devils at Eskdale Park, Maryborough.
Seagull Faava Rokeni. Bundaberg Rugby League women's match: Hervey Bay Seagulls v Isis Devils at Eskdale Park, Maryborough. Matthew McInerney

"The majority of the team will be staying for 2018, but there's already some girls and women from other clubs who have indicated they want to play for Hervey Bay," Bowers said.

"I think that's paramount to the team we established last year, our first in seven years, and not only for the A-grade but under-14s and under-16s.

"We create the family culture and people will want to come."

Seagull Rose Robe. Bundaberg Rugby League women's match: Hervey Bay Seagulls v Isis Devils at Eskdale Park, Maryborough.
Seagull Rose Robe. Bundaberg Rugby League women's match: Hervey Bay Seagulls v Isis Devils at Eskdale Park, Maryborough. Matthew McInerney

The Seagulls were the only team to beat Past Brothers as the Bundaberg club stormed to another women's title.

Hervey Bay lost five of its final six games to bow out a week earlier than hoped, but Bowers declared the goal was to win next year's premiership.

Bowers said all four Seagulls teams - women's, A-grade, reserve grade and under-18s - would train together in an effort to create a "one club culture".

The Seagulls appointed Alan Ezzy as A-grade coach on Wednesday, and expect to name coaches for reserve grade and U18s in early 2018.



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