LIFE is all about opportunities – and Kyle Cannon has grabbed his big timeat Millers Reserve.
After coaching Seaforth’s AL/1s women’s squad last year, he was going to give up barking sideline instructions in 2018.
A few phone calls late last year and everything changed.
“Pre Christmas, a few girls I know from football circles got in contact with me to see what I was doing this year,” he said.
“All of a sudden the numbers increased and I had enough players to form a squad.
“I met with the board at Manly Allambie, I knew they wanted a women’s Prems team.
“As soon as we got the green light from the MWFA, I got to work.”
Two of Cannon’s starrecruits come from decent pedigree – Manly United.
“Tess Olsen and Ellen Wheatley had been there since they were kids and wanted a change of scenery,” he said.
“I also knew them from futsal, so we sat down and mapped out a plan.”
Last weekend Manly Allambie more than held their own in their season opener, finishing all square in a 1-1 draw with defending champions Manly Vale on home soil.
“I was so proud of the girls, it was a massive effort,” the 25-year-old said.
“To be honest they surprised me, they played great as a team.”
Cannon wasn’t prepared to make any outlandish statements in regards to where his team will finish on the ladder this campaign.
“We are a new squad in a very tough league,” he said.
“I guess we will re-evaluate about 10 rounds in – by that time we will have a gauge on where we are at.”
The coffee machine technician is also playing for Manly Allambie’s AL/1s men’s squad each Saturday.
“It means my weekends are busy, but that is fine by me,” he said.
“In terms of my coaching, my primary aim is to improve on the run.”