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Historic first as Vicki leads the Blues

Vicki Mollee has been announced the new coach of Sunbury's first division men's team for season 2015.
Vicki Mollee has been announced the new coach of Sunbury's first division men's team for season 2015. Griffith Thomas

TRY telling Vicki Mollee she isn't a ruthless coach and she has none of it.

Sunbury Blues Football Club has made history by appointing Mollee as the first woman to coach the Blues' senior men's first division team.

After working alongside Josh Linwood as his assistant last year, often leading training in the absence of Linwood, Mollee expects a smooth transition into her new role.

But as a female coaching men, Mollee, not surprisingly, is an anomaly.

Although she believes gaining the respect of the players will be one of her biggest challenges, Mollee said she would not be afraid to make the tough calls.

"It's a big honour, but a challenge," she said.

"If I wasn't committed and keen I would have said no and that I can't do it, but I'm up for it.

"We just need commitment from the boys.

"It's an honour to play first division, so no position will be safe and every player will have to put in the effort and show me they want to play first division."

Football has long been a part of Mollee's life.

She has been involved with Sunbury for nearly 20 years, watching her son Anthony move up from the junior ranks to seniors since first signing him up in 1997.

Like many mothers, Mollee put her hand up to coach and manage numerous junior teams before taking over as coach of the Wide Bay under-14 girls for three seasons.

A woman who wears her heart on her sleeve, Mollee's main objective is to leave the club in a better shape than what it was when she started once she completes her coaching commitment.

Not only is she making history by taking over as coach of Sunbury's men's Division 1 team, she is also going to be tested and will be under pressure.

Yes, she is taking the reins of a team that has struggled to make their mark in the Four Cities League since its inception in 2013, but it's a coaching job in a challenging competition with a club that is built on success and expectation.

"We want to be recognised as a force again; that's the goal," Mollee said.

"There's a lot of work to do.

"If we can aim to make the finals or even win more games I'll be pleased.

"On paper we have the players to do it.

"Last year we had injuries to two of our key players, but if we can stay injury-free and work hard at training sessions then we can do it."

Mollee said she would be lying if she thought some of her players don't give gender a thought.

However, grateful the committee has shown faith in her, Mollee was confident the players would soon know she has the skill to push them in the right direction.

"It's going to be hard for them as much as it's going to be hard for me, but it's going to be a whole different approach," she said.

"Most of these players have been together for a few years now and should be starting to gel together, so maybe with a bit of a change they will step up."

PRE-SEASON KICKS OFF

Sunbury senior men's pre-season training starts on Tuesday night at the Maryborough Cricket Club at 6 o'clock.

All new and existing players are welcome to participate.



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