After two seasons, two grand finals, and a premiership, Josh Hardy will depart his coaching role with the Yass Magpies Open Women's Tackle team.
Having been asked by the Magpies to coach the Under 19 side in 2020, Hardy's role with the women's team will be filled this year by Brad Wylie.
"I was approached from the club to take on the [Under 19s] role this year," Hardy said.
"Their coach last year was unsure what his plans were, so I took the role as long as Brad was gonna take over the women's job."
Wylie assisted Hardy with the Magpies women in 2019, and both are currently involved in coaching the Monaro Open Women's side.
Due to their previous experience together, Hardy is sure Wylie is the right person to take the Magpies forward.
"[Wylie] did a lot of hard work in that women's space, he'll have his own things and ideas he wants to implement," Hardy said.
"He's been around Yass for a very long time and played more than 100 games for the seniors ... you couldn't ask for a better club person and you couldn't ask for a better fit with those Yass girls."
The Magpies have dominated the Katrina Fanning Shield for several years now, and there will be a lot of pressure on Wylie's shoulders to maintain that record.
But the incoming coach insists he does not feel any pressure, and was excited to take on the role.
"Nah, I don't think there's any pressure. Obviously there's a few expectations but no pressure," he said.
"At the moment, everything's pretty relaxed and casual.
"I wasn't nervous or anything, I took a bit of time to think about whether I'd do it because I'm also playing this year. I wanted to make sure I had enough time for me and the girls. But everything seems to be falling into place at the moment. It wasn't a hard decision to make."
Far from feeling the weight of expectation, Wylie is eager to get his teeth into the season for several reasons.
"I'm obviously very excited for it, it's a bit of a breath of fresh air," he said.
"Last year there was 22 or 23 in the squad and everyone wanted to play every week. It's always good to show up and have a squad to pick from.
"I think the depth [is a big advantage] and everyone just seems to get on, there's no cliques or anything in the team. Everyone gets together after the game and enjoys each other's company, I think that goes a long way [towards their success]."
The Magpies women will get their training into full swing this week, as they begin preparations for their trial match against Camden in March.
One of Wylie's primary goals ahead of the season is to round out the team's skills.
"[The focus is on] getting their skills better in every aspect of the game," he said. "Everything to do with attack and defence, having them confident they can do everything that's needed."
Meanwhile, Hardy is eager to start working with the Under 19 side and help develop them into first grade prospects.
"It's gonna be a really good challenge, there's some exciting juniors coming through. I'm looking forward to working with them and helping them get on the path to first grade," Hardy said.
'I'm really looking forward to helping them improve."
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