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A teacher by profession, but is now in his 37th year as a football writer. Has written for "Soccer Action" (Melbourne), "Australian Soccer Weekly" (Sydney) and "World Soccer" (London), as well as for several Tasmanian newspapers. Currently contributing to "Goal!Weekly" in Melbourne and the Australian magazine "Soccer International". Played for Croatia-Glenorchy, Caledonians, Metro, Rapid and University in Tasmania, as well as in the United States of America. Coached University, Metro and Croatia-Glenorchy.

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Photo:  Chris Hey has successfully switched from men's to women's coaching [PlessPix]

Hobart Zebras’ women’s PFD Super League team have won all 20 of their league and cup games this season and the league title is in sight.

Coach Chris Hey has renewed his contract as head coach and the Zebras players are delighted.

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Photo:  Chris Hey and Zebras captain Madeline O'Brien at Tuesday's media conference [PlessPix]

Hey took over from John Moutsatsos after not having his contract as Zebras’ men’s coach renewed.

He had planned to become a mere spectator, but Zebras’ women’s captain Madeline O’Brien persuaded him to take up the women’s coaching position following Moutsatsos’s decision to step down.

Zebras won the women’s pre-season trophy by beating Taroona in the final and they made it 20 wins in all competitions in a row on Sunday when they downed University 5-0 in the league.

The Zebras also won the women’s State-wide Cup, beating Launceston City in the final, so it looks like a hat-trick of trophies coming up in Hey’s inaugural season in charge.

There are eight league games remaining, including big matches against Launceston City and Olympia Warriors, and they are 6 points in front at the top of the standings.

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Photo:  Zebras captain Madeline O'Brien has made a successful transition from midfield to centre-back [PlessPix]

Zebras captain Madeline O’ Brien is glad to have Hey recommit to the club.

“The girls are happy to have Chris back on board for another hard season and hope to build on what Chris has brought to the team this year,” O’Brien said.

O’Brien was moved from midfield to centre-back by Hey and she has starred there with her vision and ability to read the game.

This Zebras squad finished fourth in the Southern Championship last season.

Zebras president, Nick Di Giovanni, has expressed his delight to have Hey on board again in the 2018 season.

“We were delighted to keep someone of Chris’s experience at the club for 2017, especially within our growing women’s program,” Di Giovanni said.

“His successes this year are phenomenal and we look forward to another season with Chris at the helm.”

Hey was disappointed at losing the men’s job to Peter Savill, who had won the NPL Tasmania title with Devonport City, but he doesn’t hold grudges.

Having turned his attention to coaching the women’s team, he is enjoying tremendous success.

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0 #10 Flabbergasted 2017-07-10 06:32
#9 Gonomore, what flag? Are you an AFL supporter? They win flags but football teams don't.
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0 #9 gonomore 2017-07-10 05:41
Quoting anon:
Unfortunately I think the Zebras might slip up at some point although I certainly hope not. Unfortunately however Olympia won't and may well win it. How awful will that be?

If Olympia win the flag it will be the well paid imports and not the local talent
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-1 #8 Anon 2017-07-07 23:35
I think Chris has found his place.
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-5 #7 Benfica 2017-07-07 22:22
Good to see Chris have some coaching success.

He was a bit unlucky with Knights a few years ago. They lost many close games under his tutelage.

His predecessor, Mouse, and his assistant, Ronny, were excellent player managers for female footballers.
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+4 #6 anon 2017-07-07 08:52
Does anyone know why the Olympia Taroona game seems to be postponed. Has not been that wet or anything.
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+4 #5 anon 2017-07-07 00:39
Unfortunately I think the Zebras might slip up at some point although I certainly hope not. Unfortunately however Olympia won't and may well win it. How awful will that be?
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-1 #4 anon 2017-07-06 13:07
Quoting Anon:
The Player's have done really well and deserve the credit bit over Hey and his ego .

Ego what ego read the comments Chris has no ego.
The girls are happy and Chris has gelled them into a team and you say ego what a load of crock.
Of course the girls deserve the credit but I'm sure if you asked them they could not have done it with guidance
Chris has not taken any credit and you say he has an ego are you for real sour grapes on your behalf.
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-3 #3 Sth Champ 2017-07-06 12:05
chuffed to see Chris succeed. the guy is totally committed to his craft.
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-1 #2 Anon 2017-07-06 10:58
The Player's have done really well and deserve the credit bit over Hey and his ego .
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-1 #1 anon 2017-07-06 07:00
Hey and his coaching team have done well as there are much more talented players in other teams but his ability to encourage his team is admirable. The old saying of no "I" in team certainly applies.
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