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Socceroos goalkeeper coach Tony Franken. Photo: Getty Images.

Socceroos keeper coach gives local advice

Raphael Canicosa

Two Western Australian goalkeepers recently benefitted from the coaching experience and expertise of Socceroos coach Tony Franken.

Franken, who was Australia’s goalkeeper coach during qualification for the past three FIFA World Cups, was back on home-soil to provide local goalkeepers Morgan Aquino and Miranda Templeman with specialised training.

He also provided guidance to National Training Centre coach Dylan Cope.

U17 NTC coach Jessine Bonzas praised Franken’s contribution.

“He comes from WA and it is wonderful seeing him give back to his local community,” she said.

“The NTC, Goalkeepers, and coaching staff are very grateful to have his support, expertise and greatly value his time, energy and effort.”

Franken, who has played and coached at the highest level, conducted three sessions with Aquino, Templeman, and Cope over a week at Celebration Park in Balga. He also provided feedback on video analysis taken from an internal NTC game.

Franken had identified Aquino and Templemen during the National Youth Championships in Coffs Harbour.

Aquino was recently selected to join the national team to compete in the AFC U16 Women’s Championship in Thailand, while Templeman won her second consecutive goalkeeper of the tournament award in the NYC back in July.

“They’re both up and coming goalkeepers and Tony coming here sets the bar for training extension and for challenging and developing them,” Bonzas said.