Ed Hollis, new Head Coach for the Tuggeranong United Women’s Premier League program, has gone about strengthening the current squad ahead of the new season. A very high retention rate shows the spirit within the program, with current Tuggies stars Sam Wood, Ann Mayo, Alex Lawrence, Kristy Helmers and Sonia Sheedy confirmed staying in the valley. Ed has strategically added Matildas’ legend Anissa Tan, a veteran of 102 national team appearances, and Amy Readman, a graduate of the Far North Queensland Centre of Excellence.
Anissa will be well known to hardcore Aussie football fans, the first player (man or woman) to reach the 100-cap milestone for their country, Anisssa last played for Canberra Olympic in the WPL and we welcome her to the Tuggies family!
Amy is returning after a year off football to concentrate on her accounting studies at Uni of Canberra. She is a former QLD representative that moved to Canberra in 2012 and last played for Woden Valley. Amy is warmly welcomed to the Tuggies family.
Ed has also retained the services of injured W-League legend Snez Veljanovska as his strength and conditioning coach. Snez will rejoin the playing group as her recovery progresses, but will be invaluable during the important early stages of the 2015 season.
With this mixture of experience and home grown youth, as well as one of the region’s best coaches, Tuggies are shaping up as a club to watch in the WPL in 2015. Coach Hollis pointed out at the team info night that TUFC is yet to win the WPL Championship, Premiership or Federation Cup, and he intends to remedy that situation.