Bayside Coaches

Bayside Netball Club have invested much time and energy into finding the right coaches for the 2017 season. These coaches include State and National Coaches, as well as some apprentice coaches that Bayside will develop for the future. All coaches work together to perform a structured combined session each week targeting a particular skill set, leading to individual team coaching and structured game play.


Janine Olivier – Head Coach of Under 13’s

I started playing netball when I arrived in Australia in 1999 and am still playing today. I play in a local competition in Bayside and attended the PanPac games for the last few years. I am also in a team going to the World Masters in NZ in April. My preferred position is probably shooter but for some reason I have always landed up in defence. I assumed it had something to do with my height. I enjoyed the sport so much I decided to do my coaching courses and started coaching in 2002. I spend most of my coaching career at St Leonards Club and also managed the Sandringham Rep Side program for 2 years. I have now been with Bayside for 2 years and still enjoy developing players of all ages.


Rob Whittaker – Head Coach of Under 15’s

I have been coaching for over 15 years starting at club level first at Kingston after getting certain criteria I moved into the Rep program about 10 years ago and have obtained my Intermediate level in coaching.
In Rep I have coached from Under 11s through to Under 15s first at Kingston Netball Association and in 2015 began coaching at Bayside which I am enjoying thoroughly.


Karen Meredith – Head Coach of Under 17’s

After many years coaching my daughters at club level netball, I started working through my coaching accreditation which I now have attained the Advanced level.
This led to an opportunity to coach at representative level for Yarra Ariels 2009 – 2011
I joined the VNL coaching panel for YVG Ariels as Assistant Championship coach 2011-2012 and I took the reins of YVG Ariels Div 1 as Head Coach 2013 – 2015
Whilst coaching VNL for YVG Ariels I also coached in and was Head Coach of their VNL Development program Yarra Jets 2012 – 2015
I joined Southern Saints as Assistant Div 1 coach in 2016 and in 2017 have been named Head Coach of Division 1
I also coach at Caulfield Grammar in their Saturday school & primary school netball which I started in 2015
This current year I am also Head Coach at Pakenham Lions Netball Club


Tim Blackwood – Head Coach of Open

Victorian Player – 2005 – 2010
Australian Representative – 2007, 2009
Doncaster Premier League Coach 2006
Bayside Premier League Coach 2007 – 2008
Southern Saints Championship Assistant 2009, 2010, 2012
Southern Saints U/19 Head Coach 2011
St Paul’s Football and Netball Club Head Coach 2016