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Graham Burgen updated

After initially joining the Club as an assistant coach in 2016, Burgen will now oversee the list strategy for the Blues’ AFLW team. Having held the roles of senior coach at the AFL Victoria VWFL Academy, as well as high performance coach at the Calder Cannons FC, Burgen brings wealth of experience to his new position. His role as senior coach of the AFL Victoria VWFL Academy involved leading and overseeing the development of young talent – a skill that will no doubt be utilised in his new responsibility as list manager.




Responsibilities:

- Ensure elite women’s training and game day environment to give the team the best chance to succeed on and off the field.

- Manage female football support roles

"I have always had a strong passion for sport and using it as a vehicle to empower girls. I strongly believe that when women and girls can walk on the playing field, they are more likely to step into the classroom, the boardroom, and step out as leaders in society. Carlton is giving these women that chance” - Tara Bonello

Twitter: @tara_bonello

Affectionately known as ‘T’, Tennille Hay joins Carlton’s women’s team as its high performance manager, having worked as a strength and conditioning coach for the past eight years. Since 2011, she has been involved in women's AFL including positions at the Victorian Women's Football Academy, Western Bulldogs women's team and Darebin Women's Football Club. 

Tennille hopes to bring her wealth of experience and knowledge in coaching female athletes to Carlton’s women’s team by creating female footballers who are strong, explosive and hard at the ball. She believes the most important part of training is the culture of the team and mental attitude of the players.

Qualifications:

Masters of Applied Exercise Science, (Exercise Prescription)

Graduate Diploma Applied Exercise Science, (Exercise Prescription)

Bachelor Exercise Science, Australian Catholic University

Accredited Exercise Physiologist (MESSA, AEP)

Extra qualifications include:

Level 2 Australian Strength and Conditioning Association coaching qualification

Level 1 Australian Weightlifting Federation Coaching qualification

Lillian O’Sullivan has expanded her role at the Carlton, joining the women’s team as its player welfare manager. Lil has also been the Club’s nurse for the men’s squad for a number of seasons. She will be the first point of contact for the players, as they develop as professional athletes, as well as people. Lil will also work closely with the coaching group to ensure all the players are exposed to furthering their careers and maximising this opportunity.

Riley Bodger graduated as a physiotherapist in Auckland, New Zealand, and has since worked in private practice for seven years. She enjoys working closely with players who have been affected by sports injuries and has tremendous satisfaction in supporting them through post-surgical rehabilitation. As a result of her specialised physiotherapy support to players, she is able to help them back to pre-injury level. Riley will certainly be a major benefit to the women’s team's achievements on field. 

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Damien Ryan continues his role as the team’s osteopath for the second season of AFLW. Damien brings a wealth of knowledge from an extensive football background, both playing and treating players, as well as clinical experience in treating players from sporting codes of NBA, A-League and PGA Golf. Having experienced the outstanding club culture and values set by the Carlton Football Club in the inaugural AFLW season, Damien returns to aid the players in their bid to win the ultimate prize.

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After spending two years at Geelong FC looking after its VFL side, Van Dyke has joined Carlton’s AFLW team as its doctor this year. She completed her medical degree in 2010, and is currently completing her specialist training in Sport and Exercise Medicine. She consults at Olympic Park Sports Medicine Centre, where she sees a wide variety of acute and chronic injuries in both recreational and high-level athletes. Van Dyke has worked in many other sports including track and field, cricket and ironman, and she provides match-day cover for the A-League. She is currently involved in a large study looking at injury and illness rates amongst elite biathletes, which will see her travel to Europe for the Biathlon World Cup in late 2017.

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As well as working for the Blues' AFLW team, Rock also works as a high performance trainer for the Australian College of Sport, and previously gained experience within the high performance department at Coburg in the VFL. He holds a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science (RMIT), a Masters of High Performance Sport (ACU) and is currently completing an honours in Exercise and Sport Science (La Trobe University).

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After spending seven years as a trainer with Carlton’s VFL side, Sneddon joins the ranks as head trainer for the Blues’ AFLW team. As a qualified physio, she has also held similar roles for Cranbourne in the VFLW and was the head trainer for the AFLW Victorian State of Origin team.

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McCall has been a Level 2 Sports Trainer for the past 16 years, joining Carlton’s AFLW team in its inaugural season. She has held the position of head trainer for several clubs, including Corowa-Rutherglen Football Netball Club, Maribyrnong Football Club, Pascoe Vale Football Club and Tullamarine Football Club. While working at these local organisations, she was also a trainer for the Northern Blues and recently left her full-time finance job to work with Carlton’s senior men’s side.

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Having recently completing his second year studying physiotherapy at La Trobe University, he has always had a keen interest in learning and working in an elite sports environment. Prior to joining Carlton's AFLW team, Vorich held similar roles in women's sport at South Melbourne Football Club as well as Powerhouse Rugby Club where he had his first taste of team sport and the exciting, fast-paced environment that comes with it. 

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Kerrigan is a qualified sports therapist and has worked as a trainer for the past four years at the Northern Blues in the VFL. Prior to becoming a trainer, Michael also played for Northern before studying Exercise Science at La Trobe with the goal of becoming a physio. He has also previously worked with the Melbourne Storm’s under-18 and under-16 state representative squads.