SASI coach ready for Giant challenge

17 Nov 2016

A LIFE-experience and a chance to work with acclaimed netball coach Julie Fitzgerald are the key reasons behind Tania Obst's decision to leave her job as SASI Head Netball Coach.

Tania, who has headed the SASI Netball program since 2010, will join GIANTS Netball as an assistant coach to Julie Fitzgerald in the inaugural National Netball League which begins in February, 2017.

Tania said she was excited with where the next phase of her coaching life would take her.

"It really was a chance conversation with Julie where the chance came about,'' she said.

"To work with her and with a new franchise and one that was aligned to an AFL club (GWS Giants) was just something I could not bypass. We will be in there with new facilities and it will be great to work alongside the Giants. It will be a real team/club environment and it will be good to see how they go about doing things.''

While Tania is looking to develop the next stage of her life and, to a degree, get out  her comfort zone, she is extremely proud of the SASI program she leaves behind.

"The daily environment was great and was always pretty motivating to go to work but I leave now more rounded as a person and as a professional coach,'' she said.

"I look at the girls who have come through the (SASI) program as 15 and 16 year olds,'' she said. "Some are still very young and will be playing in the new national league, while others like Maddy Proud are a bit older, 22, 23.''

While there have been numerous highlights Tania says the victory of the Southern Force in the Australian Netball League in 2012, followed by the victories of the SA 21 and under and 19 and under teams within six months, were special moments.

Tania will keep her position as national 21 and under coach and will be very keen to go one better after the side finished runners-up to New Zealand in 2013.

Tania Obst