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Stinear was appointed Melbourne’s women’s senior coach and development coach for the men’s team in September 2016.

A small defender/midfielder in his playing days, he was regarded as a fine leader from a young age.

In 2002, Stinear was vice-captain of the under-18 Vic Metro team, which featured the likes of Jobe Watson, Kade Simpson and Nick Malceski. He also won the 2002 best and fairest for Dandenong Stingrays, before he became a Carlton rookie list player in 2003.  

In 2004, he moved to Queensland, winning the 2004 Grogan Medal with Mt Gravatt – the Brownlow Medal equivalent in the AFLQ. He later played in a flag with the Vultures, along with former Melbourne player Rohan Bail.

Stints with St Kilda City, De La Salle and Dalyston followed, before he spent 2011-16 as an administrator/coach with Oakleigh Chargers in the TAC Cup.

He coached the Chargers to back-to-back flags in 2014-15 and guided the club to the preliminary final in 2016.

Stinear is the brother-in-law of highly respected commentator Anthony Hudson.

Radford was appointed women’s assistant coach in October 2016.

He coached Parkdale from 2011-16, which included back-to-back flags in 2011-12 and runner-up in 2014.

Radford has also coached St Bedes College since 2011, where he is a teacher.

He previously coached St Paul’s Altona from 2001-07 and was playing assistant coach of Chelsea from 2005-09.

Radford played in the TAC Cup for Sandringham (Prahran) Dragons in 1995 and later for Sandringham Zebras in the VFA/VFL from 1997-2004.


Peter Mercoulia joined Melbourne as an assistant coach of the women’s team in November 2016.

Mercoulia, an assistant coach with Oakleigh Chargers in 2015-16, has an extensive football background.

He has been involved with Glen Iris, Oakleigh Chargers, St Paul’s and Springvale/Casey.

In his first year as midfield coach with Oakeleigh, the Chargers made the preliminary final.

When he was a playing/assistant coach of St Paul’s, he won the club best and fairest in 2013-14 and played in its 2011 and 2013 premierships.


Lange, who will coach the forwards, is regarded as one of the most talented coaches in women’s football. She is also the first female coach to join Melbourne’s coaching panel since the club entered the AFLW. 

“I played footy for 10 years at Darebin Falcons and I got into coaching in 2011, helping out with the women’s academy and being an assistant for the Victorian women’s state side,” Lange told

“I then had roles with the VFL academy, the VWFL academy and the Western Bulldogs for four years in the exhibition series.

“I’m head coach of Darebin at the moment – I’m in my second year – and last year I was in a playing-coach role. I’ve hung the boots up and now I’m just coaching and then I was at Carlton in a forward role this year.”

Lange, who is a full-time secondary school teacher at Northcote High School, said it was amazing to be involved in the inaugural AFLW season and she couldn’t wait to continue her journey with Melbourne.