Werribee’s high-performance team for season 2019 features plenty of familiar faces and a few new ones.
Heading up the whole operation is new high-performance manager Scott Graham, who joined the club in November following roles with Geelong Netball Club, Calder Cannons, and Melbourne Tigers.
Currently in the final stages of his PhD with Victoria University, Graham is responsible for overseeing and co-ordinating Werribee’s strength-and-conditioning, physiotherapy, and medical programs.
Also new to the team in 2019 is Farhan Juhari, who replaces Jono Wallace as strength-and-power coach.
With stints at both the Victorian Institute of Sport and the Western Bulldogs to his name, Juhari brings plenty of experience to his new position.
His role will see him work closely with both Jmara Hockley Samon and Darren Zahra, who continue on in their respective roles of rehabilitation coach and performance analyst.
Sam Rice leads a new-look three-man physiotherapy team that has come aboard following the departures of Joel Martin and Jack Price.
A member of the team at the Geelong-based Corio Bay Health Group, Rice has previously worked with the Geelong Supercats basketball side and the Western Bullodgs.
Patrick Brandner of Ashburton-based practice Warner Ave Physio is also a new addition to the physiotherapy line-up, as is Rice’s fellow Corio Bay team member Mackenzie Bourke.
Dr Naomi Harris continues on in her role of club doctor, as does club nutritionist Byron Manning.
Supporting the physiotherapy and medical aspects of Werribee’s high-performance program both at training and on game days will be Joshua Amarikhas, Samuel Borg, Emma-Louise Bramfit, Joanne Nguyen, Max Novinec, and Lukhanyo Zantsi, who all return as trainers.
The trainer roles will this year be overseen by the physiotherapy team, a restructure that has seen the departure of former head trainer Emma Matthews, who the club would like to thank for her extended service.
Providing general support to both the high-performance team and the football department are Hanna Fosbrooke and Nick Kemp, who have joined the club as interns this season.
In conjunction with the coaching staff, the high-performance team will be working hard behind the scenes throughout the year to keep the Werribee boys fit and firing and provide them with the best possible platform from which to break through to new levels of performance.
BACK ROW: Hanna Fosbrooke (intern), Joshua Amarikhas (trainer), Emma-Louise Bramfit (trainer), Lukhanyo Zantsi (trainer), Samuel Borg (trainer), Scott Graham (HP manager), Jmara Hockley Samon (rehabilitation coach)
FRONT ROW: Farhan Juhari (S&P coach), Nick Kemp (intern), Darren Zahra (performance analyst), Mackenzie Bourke (physiotherapist), Byron Manning (nutritionist), Sam Rice (head physiotherapist), Patrick Brandner (physiotherapist).
ABSENT: Dr Naomi Harris (team doctor), Joanne Nguyen (trainer), Max Novinec (trainer)