Coaching the next step for Brianna Watson

Cobar Roosterettes’ Best & Fairest Player from 2023 season, Brianna Watson, will step up into the coaching role this season. ▪ File photo

It seems only logical that coaching is the next step for League Tag superstar Brianna Watson.

Last season Brianna was named the Cobar Roosterettes’ Best & Fairest Player and leading try scorer, along with the Castlereagh’s Ladies League Tag Player of the Year title.

She was also selected in the Western Rams and NSWRL Blues League Tag squads (and was named the Cobar’s Australia Day Sportsperson of the Year).

For the young woman who has already accomplished so much in her football career, appointing her as the Cobar Ladies League Tag coach for 2024 was an easy decision for the Cobar Roosters Rugby League Club.

Since joining the Cobar side in 2016, the talented player has earned the Best & Fairest award three times in the past four seasons (and the Coaches Award in the other).

Rugby League is in her DNA as she comes from a family with strong links to the Cobar club.

(Her brother David Watson coached First Grade in 2018, dad Sean Watson also coached First Grade in 1994 and her maternal grandfather, Kevin Miskell, played for the Roosters in the 1950s.)

Brianna said she was prompted to apply for the coaching role as she thought it would be a very valuable learning experience.

“I’m not 100 per cent sure I’ll be playing this year, so this way I will be involved,” Brianna told The Cobar Weekly.

She however had some doubts as to whether she might be capable of doing the role and sought out her big brother for some advice.

“It is a stressful job, and you have to be in it 100 per cent once you take it on; you can’t give up.

“But I think you will be fine mate,”  David assured her.

With any doubts about her ability now banished, Brianna is keen to see what the season brings.

“I am committed to nurturing each player’s skills and talents while instilling a strong sense of teamwork and sportsmanship,” she said.

“We have lost a few key players from previous years but have gained some new recruits.

“Some have never played League Tag before so it’s really nice to see,” Brianna said.

“I will have help on the sidelines.

“I won’t throw any names around in case I scare her off but the conversation has definitely been had!” Brianna hinted.

Her dedication and passion for the sport, coupled with her in-depth knowledge of the game will hold her in good stead as the Roosterettes’ new coach.