Shaun Ribbons, former Nuriootpa footballer and current assistant with the Central District under 18 boys side, has been selected as the initial coach of the Central Districts women's team which will commence in the state-wide competition in 2019.
Ribbons said he was excited about the opportunity and was looking forward to the challenge.
“It appeals to me we're starting from scratch,” Ribbons told the Herald.
“This is a unique opportunity to build from the ground up and it (my appointment) was just announced on the cdfc.com.au website last week.
We have a lot of talent in the Barossa Light and Gawler women’s competition and northern suburbs to work with.Shaun Ribbons
“I'm currently the assistant coach to Shayne Collins In the under eighteens and I have been doing that role for three years, the previous two under Darren Reeves who coached the Nuri Tigers to a BLG premiership in 2015.
“My mantra will be to create an environment that rewards a team-first mentality.”
Ribbons confirmed that two Barossa Light and Gawler women's football coaches, Natalie Seaman and Alex Arthur, will be members of his coaching panel as assistants.
“As a part of the agreement we will get young talents Chloe Sheer and Kaitlyn Rosenzweig back from North Adelaide,” Ribbons said.
“We have a lot of talent in the Barossa Light and Gawler women’s competition and northern suburbs to work with.
“Our preseason will start in late October and our first game is on February 16 next year.
Ribbons, now 36, has had a long and distinguished career in country football and also played SANFL under 17, 19 and reserves for West Adelaide.
He is also one of the few footballers that we're lucky enough to play football A grade football with his father.