Julie Seymour wants Tactix head coach job

BRENDON EGAN
Last updated 05:00 31/05/2014
Julie Seymour
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NEW JOB: Julie Seymour is applying to be Tactix coach after five years as the team’s assistant coach.

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Tactix assistant Julie Seymour has her eyes on the franchise's head coaching job.

Seymour, who has been assistant coach of the team for the past five years, confirmed to The Press she will be applying for the position.

Leigh Gibbs will be in charge of the team for the final time tomorrow when they conclude their trans-Tasman netball league season against the Thunderbirds in Adelaide. Gibbs has coached the Tactix for the past three years and will not be lost to netball, continuing her role as Netball Mainland's high performance manager.

Seymour did not apply for the Tactix head coaching job when it was last advertised in 2011. With only two years as an assistant coach behind her and a young family, she believed she was not quite ready. Seymour has added to her coaching resume over the past two years as assistant of the New Zealand secondary schools side, which won the international schoolgirls challenge title in both years.

"I will definitely be applying, but there's no guarantees," Seymour said. "I do feel I'm ready to take that next step forward."

Former Silver Ferns captain Anna Stanley recently said Seymour deserved to be given the chance to coach the team. She stressed New Zealand franchises had to offer pathways for emerging coaching talents.

Seymour's intricate knowledge of the Tactix systems, players and environment could act as both a help and a hindrance. The Tactix board may decide it is vital to have continuity and someone the team is familiar with. They could opt to shake things up and look for a fresh voice, though, after winning just seven of their 64 games over the past five years.

Despite winning only one game this season, the Tactix have played some promising netball in patches.

Their attacking links between their midcourt and shooters has been a feature of their play, averaging 54 goals per game. Malawi import Mwai Kumwenda, who re-signed with the team this week, has been outstanding in her rookie season. She is on track to finish as the competition's top goal-scorer for the regular season.

Defence has been an issue all season for the Tactix, who are conceding a league-worst 67 goals per game. Signing a marquee circle defender will no doubt be priority No 1 for the franchise.

The Tactix would dearly love to put a consistent 60-minute performance together tomorrow in Gibbs' last game as coach. They have never won on Australia soil in 17 previous attempts.

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AT A GLANCE

Tactix vs Thunderbirds, Adelaide. Tomorrow 2.20pm (NZ Time)

Tactix: Anna Thompson (c), Mwai Kumwenda, Keshia Grant, Jade Clarke, Hayley Saunders, Zoe Walker, Jane Watson, Louise Thayer, Nicola Mackle, Julianna Naoupu, Sophia Fenwick.

Adelaide Thunderbirds: Renae Hallinan (c), Carla Borrego, Erin Bell, Emily Beaton, Andrea Gilmore, Kate Shimmin, Rebecca Bulley, Madeleine Proud, Samantha Poolman, Laura Packard, Cody Lange, Wendy Jacobsen

- The Press

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