Cula-Reid moves on

Penny Cula-Reid (Daniel Pockett/AFL Photos)

Tara Murray

Williamstown is on the hunt for a new Victorian Football League Women’s coach after the departure of Penny Cula-Reid.

The club announced last week that Cula-Reid was leaving the club to take up other opportunities.

“Penny leaves to pursue other football opportunities with the full support of the Club. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank Penny for her contribution and wish her well for the future,” the club said in a statement.

“Joining the Seagulls in 2020, Penny has played an important role in the continuation of the development of the women’s program at Williamstown Football Club.

“As an active member of our football community, she has been passionate about building strong connections and opportunities for local women in football.”

Cula-Reid said it had been a whirlwind three years through the COVID period and the club had been extremely supportive in ensuring the football programs continued to operate.

She said her time at the club was nothing but positive and wished the club luck in the future.

Seagulls chief executive Ashley Baker highlighted the work that Cula-Reid had done including several players being drafted.

Bridie Kennedy (Sydney Swans), Sophia McCarthy (North Melbourne) and Gabrielle Bidenweg-Webster (Gold Coast Suns) were all drafted from the Seagulls during Cula-Reid’s time at the club.

The Seagulls won just two games in 2022, finishing second bottom.

The club will immediately begin the recruitment process of a new coach.