Dom Thornely, former NSW Blues batsman and Pathways Coach, has been announced as the new Assistant Coach of the Lendlease Breakers. Thornely will be working alongside Head Coach Joanne Broadbent, with a clear vision to play the most exciting brand of cricket possible and successfully defend the WNCL title – which the Breakers won for a record breaking 18th time in 2016/17.
No stranger to pressure on the big stage, Thornely has been part of the Cricket NSW set up for a number of years having debuted for the NSW Blues in 2003, and brings a wealth of first class playing, coaching experience and enthusiasm to the role.
“I’ve always been intrigued by women’s cricket,” said Thornely.
“Since I retired from playing, I’ve seen both the corporate side of the sport from a marketing and sponsorship perspective, as well as the coaching side, and I’ve watched the women’s game develop. I’ve seen some of the challenges the players have faced, how hard they’ve worked and how they’ve grown and developed as athletes.”
When the role of assistant coach to the Lendlease Breakers became available, Thornely jumped at the opportunity and requested the chance to take it on.
“Coaching with the Lendlease Breakers is something that I’ve always had my eye on and the time that I have spent with the team during pre-season has been really positive. They are all entering a new phase of their careers as professional athletes and with the new MOU agreed. I experienced this 20 years ago with the men, now it’s the women’s turn.”
“The leadership in the team is really strong, and the attitude and work ethic amongst the players is fantastic. They are very aware that they are standing on the edge of achieving something great, not just for themselves as professional athletes, but for future generations of female cricketers. They want to learn, improve, grow and experiment.”
Thornely concluded, “I feel as a female cricket coach we need to coach them to entertain, almost like teaching them the “slam dunk” in a female sporting domain –hitting more sixes, bowling faster, diving catches! Being more athletic and playing a more entertaining brand of cricket. As a coach it is incredibly gratifying to see them listening to what you have to say, processing it and then putting it into action. With that sort of positive attitude you’re able to gain so much improvement in short periods of time, we all have a very exciting season ahead of us.”