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TARA BONELLO

Women's Team Football Administration 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

RILEY BODGER

Head Physiotherapist

The 2019 season will mark Bodger’s third year working with Carlton’s AFLW team. Bodger graduated as a physiotherapist in 2007 after completing a Bachelor degree in Health Science, and is currently completing a graduate certificate and Masters in Sports Physiotherapy. In addition to her role as Head Physio, Bodger will also take the reins of the Blues’ health and well-being department as well. With an interest in acute injury management, sports injury rehabilitation, and prevention of injuries, Bodger also spends time working in private practice too.

ADAM DANCEY

Skill Acquisition and Development Coach

Dancey joins Carlton’s AFL Women’s team as its Skill Acquisition and Development Coach. Having spent the past 18 years gaining experience in high performance programs and coaching, Dancey brings a wealth of knowledge to his new role at the Blues. Holding the position as WA State Academy Head Coach – Female Programs, coupled with his time spent as Senior Assistant with the WA State U18 Women’s team over the last two years, will hold him in good stead as he strives to make an immediate impact on the development of the playing group. Dancey will target the improvement of critical skill KPIs including being clean under pressure and help mature the players ball movement ability through intensive skill sessions.

TENNILLE HAY

High Performance Manager

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

MICHAEL KERRIGAN

Trainer

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.

JACK KNIGHT

Head of Analysis

After two seasons working in the Carlton AFL/VFL program, Knight joins the AFLW team as Head of Analysis. Prior to his time at Carlton, Jack spent two seasons with Melbourne Victory in the analysis departments of both the youth and senior teams. He completed a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science degree in 2016, and has recently completed a research project through Carlton FC as part of his recently completed Exercise and Sports Science Honours degree.

JOSH MILNER

Head of Performance

After spending more than five years as the High Performance Manager across a variety AFL Talent Pathway programs including two TAC Cup clubs, U18 Vic Country, U18 Vic Metro and the AFL Boomerangs Indigenous program, Milner has joined Carlton’s AFLW program as the Head of Performance. He has a strong passion for developing athletes to perform at their very best both physically and mentally, and during his time working within the TAC Cup he contributed to more than 25 players being drafted into the AFL system. Milner holds a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science (VU) and is currently completing a Masters of High Performance Sport (ACU) and Level 2 ASCA. As well as working for the Blues' women’s program, Milner also works as a Sports Teacher for SEDA College Victoria, teaching a combined AFL Victoria and Cricket Victoria class in Metro Melbourne.

LILLIAN O'SULLIVAN

Player Welfare Manager

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.

TOM ROCK

Sports Science Coordinator

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).

DAMIEN RYAN

Osteopath

In 2019 Ryan will continue in his role as the team’s osteopath for the third consecutive season of the AFLW competition. Whilst working in private practice and Carlton AFLW’s program, Ryan also has experience working with numerous sporting athletes ranging from NBA, A-League, Athletics Australia and PGA Golf. With a strong interest in AFL, Ryan enjoys returning players to a pre-injury level and allowing all players to perform at their optimum. He’ll once again be an asset to the team this season.

EMILY SNEDDON

Head Trainer

After spending seven years as a trainer with the Northern Blues, 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.