Netball Coach Danlee Matthews Gets Head Coach Appointments By Cheryl Roberts

25 Feb


Q and A interview with netball coach Danlee Matthews

Former international netballer Danlee Matthews from Kraaifontein in Cape Town has been appointed head coach of University of the Western Cape (UWC) netball team and the Cape Town-based Tornados netball team, that will play in netball’s national league, and be a representative team of Western Cape netball. Danlee was assistant coach of the Western Cape Stings team in the national league. Working full-time, coaching after work and being a mother is going to be challenging for netball coach Danlee Matthews but she says she’s ready to take it all on, survive and deliver quality netball coaching

Q: Danlee, You recently got two head coach appointments. Tell us more about these coaching positions.

Danlee: Yes I was appointed head coach of Tornados, WP A senior ladies and UWC netball. The Tornados team will take part in the Telkom netball league, the CTNF Senior A team will take part in the SPAR National Championships in Stellenbosch in August 2020 and UWC will take part in USSA ‘s in July 2020 and Varsity Cup end of August 2020.

Q: You already working out strategy and tactics for the national league and varsity netball tournaments?
Danlee: Yes, I have a idea what the netball landscape looks like in SA, but I will predominantly work on my teams strategies and not focus too much on what the other teams are doing.


Q: When did you play for SA and when did you retire?
Danlee: I played for the SA team between 2000-2006, before that I played for the SA U/21 team between 1998-2000. I went to the Senior World Cup in Jamaica in 2003 and the U/21 World Cup in Wales in 2000. I was forced to stop playing at the end of 2006 due to occurring knee injuries.

Q: When did you start coaching?
Danlee: I officially started coaching in 2007 but have been coaching at schools and clubs in my community while I was still actively playing. I obtained my coaching qualifications at Netball SA and am a qualified coach as well as a Provincial Coach Developer.

Q: How will you do selections for the Tornado’s team in the national team?

Danlee: Western Cape Netball Federation has decided that the Telkom Netball League teams for 2020 will be selected from the whole Western Cape and so we have selected best 30 players across WC. The Tornados consists of 15 players of which 12 travelling will travel and 3 non-travelling reserves.

Q: What are you hoping to achieve as a debut head coach in the national league?

Danlee: That my team deliver consistent performances every match, that the players get recognition for their performances by getting call ups to national squads and that we win the league, win promotions and relegation match and play in the top league next year.

Q: How would you like your netball teams and players to improve during 2020?

Danlee: They need to achieve their personal goals(realistic) that they set for themselves, stay true to who they are and where they come from and stick to the basics. All of this is achievable if our belief system is strong and motivated to achieve our goals.

Q: You are a mother and work full-time. And you are a netball head coach. How will you be managing all three responsibilities?

Danlee: I am very lucky to have a very supportive husband and family who helps when I need somebody to look after the two men in my life. I try to balance my time accordingly between work, netball and my private life.

Q: What improvements do you hope to see in netball in South Africa so the game can grow?

Danlee: Consistent elite competition over longer periods of time with the top players in the country so that our players get used to the intensity needed to compete at international level all the time. Also needed are development programs for players in our disadvantaged areas with qualified coaches with technical and scientific programs to ensure they can participate and compete at the highest level when needed.

Q: How will WECSA’s assistance help the Tornado’s preparation to play in the national league?

Danlee: WECSA’s role in the WCNF HP programme is of utmost importance, as they support the scientific services and other services needed to ensure the players are physically and mentally ready to compete at the elite level. This also gives me, as the coach, the peace of mind to know that my players are conditioned and will be supported if an injury might occur.

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