Cass Davis is not only the player-coach of the successful Warners Bay team in the Herald Women’s Premier League, she has also been an integral member of the Newcastle Jets W-League team since 2013, and recently qualified for the semi-finals in 2017. Cass has spent the majority of her career playing and coaching for multiple clubs and special programs around Northern NSW, but off the field, she’s extremely active and contributes often in local football communities. Cass and correspondent Quentin, discussed her awesome WPL and W-League career so far.
Where and when did you start your junior career and how did you progress into senior football?
I started my junior career at Warner’s Bay, as well as played for Macquarie Football Academy. That then helped me progress into Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) programs where I was selected into senior teams and programs like the Emerging Athletes, NNSW Institute of Sport and W-League Jets)
What teams have you played for and when?
I started with Warners Bay Football Club and Macquarie Football Academy at the age of 12. I then progressed into the Emerging Athletes Program and then into the NNSW Institute of Sport. From there I progressed into the the WPL for Lake Macquarie, Valentine and now Warners Bay. During that time, I also played for NNSWF in Nationals Championships at Coffs Harbour.
What do you like to do in your spare time when you’re not playing football?
I coach a lot of the time so there isn’t all that much time outside of football, but I enjoy hanging out with my friends, watching sport and enjoying the sun in summer.
What do you do for work or study?
I work at the Newcastle Jets Office as a Community Liaison Office and also study primary school teaching at the University of Newcastle.
What was it like making your W-League debut?
Making my debut was the best feeling – it was something I worked so hard for. I was nervous, but once I got out there, I just wanted to give everything for the team.
Which player has been one of your favourite players to play with and you have admiration for? Why?
Hayley Crawford. She helped me a lot when I was younger with football and then I got the awesome opportunity to play alongside her in W-League. She taught me a lot about being a leader as well as the role of centre back.
Which player is the hardest to play against?
Jess Fishlock. She’s just an all-round quality player and has lots of flair makes it hard because you never know what she’s going to do.
How difficult is it managing playing for both the Newcastle Jets, and for Warners Bay?
It’s a challenge, especially when it begins to overlap, but I like the challenge and it makes it easier because I have a good group of girls at Warners Bay and the club supports me through it.
Do you find it challenging being a player and coach all at the same time?
Yes I do – especially on game day. But the more I do it, the more I learn and understand how I need to approach things. I really enjoy it but.
Most memorable moment(s) of your career so far?
Playing the semi-final for the Newcastle Jets last season.
Most influential person in your career?
What are you hoping to achieve for this year’s season?
As a club at Warners Bay, we all want to achieve Minor and Major Premiers. But I also want all 4 WPL teams to make the Grand Final and achieve their goals.
What’s your plans for the future of your career? Where are you hoping to progress?
I want to keep playing for the Jets and hopefully one day captain the team. But also, I will always work towards trying to make the Matilda’s squad as well.