New Kyneton women’s coach Paul Rizio is excited by the challenge of coaching the developing side.

Rizio, who had been coaching Melbourne Uni’s third side last season, was last week announced as the side’s new coach, replacing Ben Muir.

Rizio said jumped at the chance to take on the Tigers coaching role when it came up.

“It’s very exciting with the talent we have out here,” he said.

“These girls want to improve and in the 150th year of the club it’s important to continue that growth.

“I didn’t have a chance to watch the side last year, but I’ve heard a lot about them.”

The Tigers won their first game last season, before going on to finish fifth in the North Country Women’s Football League.

This year the Tigers will play in the newly formed Central Victorian League, along with Bendigo Thunder’s reserves, Kangaroo Flat, Strathfieldsaye and North Bendigo.

Rizio, who lives in Bendigo and is looking to relocate to Kyneton, said the focus was helping the players take their games to the next level.

“Ben did a good job,” he said. “We will step up a lot more.

“We’ll look to bring some more professionalism into it. It’s quite easy with these girls, as they already have the skills.

“We want to build a pathway and hopefully we can play finals this year.”

Rizio said they had added about five new players, but were still looking for players of all abilities for both their women’s and youth league girl’s teams.

The youth girls team trains on Wednesdays and Fridays 4.30 and 6pm and the seniors on Mondays and

Wednesdays from 6:30-8pm.

For more information: www.kynetonfnc.com or 0439 642 192