Developments for women's football

IT WILL be an interesting 12 months for women’s football, admits Rockhampton-based administrator Berneice Reynolds.

On the local scene the women’s game has continued to improve, but still needs to go to another level to assist the development of young players coming through the system.

Reynolds is an influential figure in the women’s game, chairing the state’s standing committee for women’s football.

Last season the Rockhampton and District competition had three or four very competitive teams and a couple more able to cause problems for those leading sides.

Capricorn Coast, a club developing young players over the past few years, broke the stranglehold of the Nerimbera Magpies to win the local grand final.

Magpies maintained their place as a force in the game, however, by winning a fifth premiership in a row before faltering in the finals.

The question at the end of the program was, where from here?

Gladstone has some quality teams in its competition and so the obvious answer is combining, in some way, the two divisions.

“At the moment we are waiting on the Capricorn League and see what clubs would be interested,” Reynolds said.

The administrator admits any such competition might not be conducted weekly, but with fixtures fortnightly or even monthly.

Reynolds said juniors in Central Queensland appeared to be heading towards a Super League and the women’s game could be organised as a similar model.

While having a closer competition with Gladstone would be exciting for players wishing to make progress in the sport, Reynolds admits it is still in the hands of clubs.

With the popularity of women’s football increasing, Reynolds said also on the rise were opportunities for players to be identified.

A state team, below W-League level, is travelling to Japan this year giving players another opportunity of playing at a higher representative level of the sport.

With the Rockhampton season traditionally starting in April, Reynolds said there was no indication of the number of teams prepared to compete.

Last year a JPL side, under 16 girls, was in the senior competition and while that worked well with the team making the grand final, it was still not certain whether they would enter again.

Also, the Nerimbera club struggled to have two competitive teams on the park, but Reynolds said the composition of any league would not be known until clubs were required to enter their final nomination.

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