Steve Markham named Peel Thunder’s WAFLW’s new coach
PEEL Thunder’s WAFLW side are buzzing after back to back Rogers Cup Premiership Coach Steve Markham was named the new League coach for the 2020 season.
Markham spent three seasons with the Rogers Cup team and made the grand final in each with two premierships.
His coaching career began with Auskick in Port Hedland 12 years ago.
He then moved his way through the ranks with the South Hedland Swans before moving to Mandurah six years ago.
Footy has been a part of his family forever, and he still remembers days spent with his Grandparents at the footy.
Markham still loves the thrill and excitement of game day but working with youth players to achieve success is the real reward for him.
“There’s a lot of satisfaction watching these kids play and get better,” he said.
“It’s rewarding for me to think you’ve had a small impact on their development.”
This attitude led him to the Rogers Cup side where he worked with the players to build strong relationships and an understanding of how they go about their footy as well as how to get the best out of them.
“I understand what makes them tick, what works with them and doesn’t work with them, so they’re coming through and starting to challenge for spots in the league side; we’ve got some great talent in the league side, but there is a lot of talent coming through,” he said.
“I seem to be able to get the best out of them.”
Markham moves into the League role after a disappointing inaugural season for Peel Thunder, but he believes they are better for the experience and the team will be very competitive in the short term, and with all the talent coming through, expects a bright future.
“They understand how I play and how I go so I think we will see them be re-energised and excited about what’s happening,” he said.
He said the battle for league positions this season will be tough with the competition from the talent coming up below.
“They’ll be looked at pretty heavily so they will have to work hard and hold their spots down,” he said.
Markham will look to instil a simple game plan and develop leaders among the squad.
“Early on we will do the hard work in the pre-season to get the fitness base and the skill base; there will be a fair bit of full oval drills once we start to get passed that,” he said.
When asked about what the role meant to him, he couldn’t hide his excitement.
“You’ve got to pinch yourself, it’s very humbling, to be honest,” he said.
“But you’ve got to be realistic, it’s very daunting at the same time, but I’m super excited for the challenge.”
The journey begins on December 3 with pre-season.