Chad Morrison - Co Founder & Head Coach
My name is Chad Morrison, I have been in the professional sporting industry since 1995. My journey began as a professional footballer in the Australian Football League (AFL) with the West Coast Eagles (WCE) for 10 years and Collingwood for 2 years. During my time with WCE, in 1996 I received a rising star nomination and was also awarded third best and fairest in seasons 1997 and 2000. One of my greatest achievements was being selected to represent Victoria in the ‘State of Origin’ in 1999, at the age of 21.
After retiring from football due to injuries, I coached in the West Australian Football League (WAFL) for 3 years, with Swan Districts and East Fremantle Football clubs. In 2007 we won the Colts premiership in my first year of coaching Swan Districts. During my 3 years of coaching, I had the opportunity to develop future stars that are now playing in the AFL. Players include Nic Naitanui, Brad Sheppard, Lewis Jetta (WCE), Michael Walters (Freo), Alex Rance (Richmond), Neville Jetta and Jeff Garlett (Carlton/Melbourne), David Swallow (Gold Coast), Sam Menegola (Geelong), Alex Fasolo (Collingwood/Carlton) and others that were drafted.
In 2008 I was proud to be one of only 12 coaches selected Australia wide to undertake the elite Level 3 AFL Senior Coaching accreditation.
In 2009, after completing Certificate IV in Personal Training, I decided to take a break from football and launch my own business, Chad Morrison Fitness. I completed a Diploma of Pilates in 2012 to further my expertise, which has since become a fundamental part of all my teachings.
Since January 2018, I have been consulting for the West Coast Eagles Football Club as a Talent Identification Head Recruiter and Assistant Craft Coach for the AFL Women’s academy leading into their inaugural inclusion in the 2020 AFLW season.
Football is my life and it ignites the passion in me. So being able to do something I love makes me feel very blessed and grateful.
Ryan Turnbull - Co Founder & Head Coach
My name is Ryan Turnbull, and from an early age I have had a love for Australian Rules Football…it’s in my DNA. Both my father and grandfather played at WAFL and State levels, but this meant nothing unless I worked hard and learnt the basics. This has become my coaching philosophy: ‘Learn the basics and do them well’.
I enjoy coaching both male and female footballers of all ages, developing their general skills and, as a former ruckman and key position player, developing the craft of ruck work and key positional play.
In recent years, woman’s football has started to become an area of real interest for me, especially now being involved at various levels. Seeing how enthusiastic young female footballers are in playing the game is exciting but they have to understand the fundamentals and basics of AFL not only to prevent injury, but to encourage their development and passion for Australian Rules Football. Hence the coming together with Chad Morrison and the formation of the West Australian Female Football Academy (WAFFA).
While studying for my Bachelor of Arts Degree as a teacher in 1989 I started my journey as a senior player and over a 15 year period I played a total of 313 games with the West Coast Eagles in the AFL, East Perth and Claremont in the WAFL, along with a number of State games for WA. Premierships with the Eagles in 1994, Claremont in 1989 and East Perth in 2001 & 2002 are among my career highlights.
During and after my playing career I have coached at various levels: conducting and coordinating football clinics all over WA; a playing assistant coach with East Perth; coaching with the WA state 18’s; coaching both boys and girls teams in junior football; working as an assistant coach at Christ Church Grammar School in the PSA 1st XVIII competition; and since January 2018 a member of the coaching staff at the West Coast Eagles as they prepare for their first season in the AFLW competition in 2020. I work in the media as a commentator of WAFL football and have had stints commentating the AFL.
Jo Beechey - WAFFA Senior Coach
My love for football started in a muddy paddock in South West Victoria kicking a ball around with my younger brother. Fast forward to 2008, when I moved to WA after studying a Bachelor of Education (Physical Education) and to East Fremantle Women’s Football Club – a place which quickly became my home of football.
I played over 100 games at East Fremantle, captaining in 2015 and 2016 and being voted club person of the year in 2013 and 2015. I took up an assistant coaching role in 2018 and, in the same year, I was given an opportunity to be a part of the West Coast Eagles Female Academy in a support coaching role. Further to this, I am also a part of the first Female Coaching Academy which aims to further develop female coaches in WA.
My love of teaching and learning has got me to this point; with a major focus on challenging individuals to strive to better themselves and to find a passion that excites them. I am excited to see the continued growth of females in football and to be part of a journey that gives an opportunity for young females to follow their dreams and be the best they can be.
Parris Laurie - AFLW Player & WAFFA Coach
I grew up in Denmark WA and played football with the boys until I was 11, when I had to stop. Basketball was my main sport growing up but through school I played any and all sports I could. I was chosen for the school nationals basketball team twice, the State U18’s team and captain, State U20’s team, State 3v3 team and played in the SBL.
My football highlights include playing WAFLW for Claremont and also being the captain of the team, the U23’s State team, Fremantle Dockers AFLW team and now signed on with the West Coast Eagles AFLW team.
Outside of football I’m a Physical Education teacher. I currently take the female side of the Hawks AFL Academy at Mater Dei College. I love coaching young female footballers because they are so eager to learn and improve. I believe I am helping to give them the opportunity to change their pathway.
Courtney Guard - AFLW Player & WAFFA Coach
I grew up in Perth, WA and first began playing football at high school (John Septimus Roe) but returned to play in 2017 for the Coastal Titans (now Subiaco Lions). Other sports I played included athletics (state 100m hurdler) and basketball (State League).
Growing up I was always a keen WCE supporter and I loved watching the dominant midfield group of Judd, Kerr, Cousins and Cox. I played WAFLW football for the Subiaco Lions from 2017-19 and AFLW for Fremantle Dockers in 2019. Outside of football I am a Physical Education teacher at Perth College.
I love the physicality and competitiveness of football, as well as the opportunity to run out there with my teammates. What I have noticed about coaching young female footballers is they also love the physicality of the game and are eager to improve their skills.
Emily Bonser - AFLW Player & WAFFA Coach
I was born and grew up in Northam but moved to Perth after school to study Health and Physical Education.
My passion was sports growing up – I played everything and anything I could, from Teeball, Netball, Tennis and Basketball to Hockey, Cricket and Floorball. My brothers taught me to kick a football in the backyard and, when I could, I played footy competitions at school where I was recognised as talent. I then joined a club when I turned 18 to play in the WA WAFL.
I was chosen to compete in the WA State U16’s School Girls Outdoor Hockey, WA State U18’s Indoor Hockey, and U19’s Australian Development Squad for Floorball. I played WAWFL for Swan Districts from 2013 – 2018 (Premiership 2013, 2014, 2016), and chosen as the WA State 23’s Vice Captain in 2016 and WA State Open Women’s Player in the same year.
In 2017 I was drafted to the AFLW Fremantle Dockers and more recently was the Vice-Captain at WAFLW Claremont and signed to the West Coast Eagles’ AFLW team.
I love that football is the most challenging sport I’ve ever played, having to utilise a wide range of hand, foot and body movement skills like no other sports demands. And with coaching, I am helping girls improve their skills and knowledge, to become better at something that makes them happy, fit, healthy and more resilient.
Danika Pisconeri - AFLW Player & WAFFA Coach
I grew up in Waroona, where my family still live now. I grew up in a basketball dominant family – my dad played basketball and I loved going to watch him in the local competition. My oldest brother played football though and I would also go to his games and run the boundary, originally just for some pocket money, but (without telling him) I enjoyed watching him and the game.
I chose to play basketball growing up and I went to the Nationals representing WA five times, once winning a bronze medal, and received a sporting scholarship to a college in America, which was a pretty amazing couple of years.
When I came back to WA, I chose to play AFL for something different, not realising that I would fall in love with it. This was the start for me – I joined a WAFL club the next year and I’m now the Vice-Captain of the Subiaco Lions Women’s WAFLW team. I play ruck and very much enjoy having the ability to impact the game in several different ways.
I am a high school teacher so working with teenagers is something I enjoy, but coaching football gives me a sense of immense pride as I see more and more girls playing and enjoying themselves. It’s amazing to see how quickly women’s football is growing and how girls realise it’s a game for them.
Basil Thomas - WAFLW Umpire & WAFFA Coach
Growing up I lived in Fitzroy Crossing which is around 400 kilometres east of Broome in the Kimberley. It wasn’t until I moved down to Perth in 2010 that I played my first game of football. This was with the Thornlie Junior Football Club.
In 2013, I joined the Demons District Football Umpire’s Association where I umpired my first game of Year 4 football. For the next two years I would play on Sundays and umpire on Saturdays. Ultimately I gave up playing, to focus on umpiring.
Currently, I am listed on the WAFL umpiring panel, umpiring WAFLW League and WAFL Colts grade football. In addition, I am still running with the Demons District umpires.
Jordan Monastra - WAFFA Head Trainer
From a young age I have been a massive Eagles fan and played football from juniors through to the end of high school. My other love is cricket and although I don't play it anymore I love watching it.
I was educated at Trinity College and graduated in 2016. I was fortunate to receive an early entry into Physiotherapy at The University of Notre Dame, which I began in 2017. In the same year I started working as a sports trainer for the Claremont Female Football team. I then joined the West Coast Eagles in 2018 as a sports trainer for the Female Academy and I am still actively involved. In 2019 I started working as a sports trainer for the West Coast Eagles AFL men's team.
When I'm not working or studying my favourite past time is fishing, which I enjoy doing from the land and boat.