Eagle’s wings not clipped

May 12, 2018

Moving the magnets: Layla Sutcliffe (right) has been helping Graham Briggs coach the Northern Eagles Red under-10 side this year.

Northern Eagles did not want Layla Sutcliffe to miss out on being a part of the team this year.

Sutcliffe had to get braces on her teeth, with her parents erring on the side of caution by keeping her out of playing the contact sport.

But Eagles president Craig Potter said the club did not want her to move away from being involved in football.

‘‘Layla is a little ripper,’’ he said.

‘‘She played last year and her parents had to get braces for her so it’s not a big deal but they were a bit uncertain about her playing.

‘‘They didn’t want to risk it and I thought we don’t want to lose a kid to sport so I asked if she would be interested to be an assistant coach.’’

As the Shepparton District Junior Football League’s youngest coach, Sutcliffe helps senior coach Graham Briggs on game day.

Sutcliffe filters between an assistant and what could be considered an interchange steward, making sure players are rotated evenly.

‘‘The kids at that level have to get a taste of playing in each position so to Graham it’s a good help because she can keep track of who’s had a turn in their area,’’ Potter said.

Briggs and Sutcliffe are in charge of Northern Eagles Red under-10 side which face Southern Stars Black today.

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