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Swans Appoint New Women's Head Coach

The Lismore Swans committee have selected 2 x Swans Women's Premiership Captain Laura Cahill as head coach after the departure of former coach Carl Merrison.


Laura Cahill is new Women's Head Coach

For the past two seasons the Lismore Swans women's squad have been fortunate to have Carl Merrison as head coach, guiding the team to back to back premierships in 2017 and 2018. However, Merrison has been deservingly awarded an opportunity at an AFL level at the Gold Coast Suns academy and our entire club is so excited and genuinely proud of him and wish him all the best in his new appointment, and we are so grateful for his time with the Swans. The departure of Merrison has made way for new opportunity for the club to look within for a new coach, especially seeming the women's team have had a rock solid contribution by members who have been pivotal is the formation of the women's squad when it all began back in 2016.

Former Coach, Carl Merrison

The committee was unanimous in its decision to install Cahill as head coach who has been involved with the Swans when the team was first forming in 2016, after she decided to give Aussie Rules a test after many years playing soccer. "I’m really looking forward to working on some fundamentals, whilst keeping the girls engaged with some team building events and getting everyone involved with the sessions" says Cahill. Her progression has been huge from beginner, to women's operations manager/captain, and now after two premierships, as head coach and she is another example of locally made talent from a non Aussie Rules background in to a genuine footy talent, all created from within the doors of the Lismore Swans AFC.

Assisting her is Salvatore Scholl who was also part of the 2018 women's coaching team under Merrison, and even took over as head coach for over a month when Merrison had personal leave in 2018.

Salvatore Scholl

He brings a genuine enthusiasm and guidance to the squad that cannot be under estimated.


The squad also has a Team Manager in Sarah Jones who played in the winning 2018 Grand Final.


Sarah has chosen not to play in 2019, but instead focus on operational matters for the squad and will be a huge help with her fantastic reliable skill set.

Excited by the role, Sarah cannot wait to get to the start of the season. "Looking forward to season 2019 from the other side of the white line. A great role to put my organisational skills to the test. Is it round 1 yet" she says.

Sarah Jones is Team Manager

Good luck to the new coaching squad and we no doubt know you will give 2019 as much commitment as you have in the previous two years. Both our Men and Women's teams are still recruiting and looking for new players either experienced or new, so why not join the Lismore Swans for 2019? Please see our 'Squads' page for joining details.

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