Western Pride FC

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Western Pride
Western Pride.jpg
Full name Western Pride Football Club
Nickname(s) Pride
Founded 2012
Ground Briggs Rd Sporting Complex
Ground Capacity 3,000 Approx
Owner Football Ipswich Inc.
Manager Graham Harvey (Men) and Belinda Kitching (Women)
League NPL Queensland
2016 10th (Men) and 8th (Women)
Website Club home page

Western Pride Football Club is a soccer club based in Ipswich, Queensland. They participate in the NPL Queensland, which was established in 2012 to replace the Queensland State League.[1] The club was founded in 2012 by a new entity called Football Ipswich to represent the Greater Ipswich Region and surrounding Western Corridor.[2]

Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale promised in August 2013 to build a 15,000 seat stadium at North Ipswich Oval if a licence for the A-League was secured.[3] The club's local popularity could emulate the success to that of Sydney-based club Western Sydney Wanderers.[4] Football Federation Australia has identified Ipswich as an expansion area.[5]

Senior Men Managers[edit]

Period Name
2012–2014 Kasey Wehrman
2015 Karl Dodd
2015– Graham Harvey

Senior Women Managers[edit]

Period Name
2015 Lorena Maggio
2016 Len Manwaring
2017 – Belinda Kitching

Senior Men squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Australia GK Thomas Sullivan
Australia GK Justin Weier
Australia GK Max Davison
Rwanda DF Jean-Delors Tuyishime
Australia DF Corey Lucas
New Zealand DF Hayden Mchenery
Liberia DF Karamo Kamara
Australia DF Will McFarlane
Australia MF Jesse Rigby (Captain)
Australia MF Nielen Brown
Australia MF Gabriel Hawash
No. Position Player
Australia MF Adam Endean
Australia MF Joshua Wilson
England MF Sam Fitzgerald
Australia MF Jacob Minett
Australia MF Jordan Lambi
South Sudan FW Bonventure Thomas-Remijo
Australia FW Dylan Wenzel-Halls
Australia FW Joe Duckworth
Australia FW Mitchell Bird
England FW Oliver Smith
Democratic Republic of the Congo FW Salomon Lukonga

Senior Women squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Australia GK Kirsten Veeren
Australia GK Elli Chapple
Australia DF Jasmin Graham
Australia DF Montanna McAvoy
Australia MF Georgina Adnum
Australia MF Emma Barnes
Australia MF Nayoka McLennan
Australia MF Melissah von Bishcoffshausen
No. Position Player
Australia MF Stephanie White
Australia MF Mackenzie McAvoy
Australia MF Ella Roosen
Australia MF Caitlin Devin
Australia MF Sophie Lamberton
Australia FW Zozia Sen
Australia FW Lani McKenna

2013 season[edit]

Western Pride FC finished eighth in their inaugural season, with 27 points (8 wins and 3 draws) from 22 games.

2014 season[edit]

Coach Kasey Wehrman resigned in July 2014 to return home to Norway after two seasons at Ipswich.[6]

2015 season[edit]

In October 2014, former A-League player Karl Dodd accepted the position of Head Coach of the Western Pride FC Senior Men's Team in the National Premier League (Qld). Former Matilda Karla Reuter signed on as Assistant Manager of the Men's team.

Dodd lead the team to an impressive start to the season, however in June 2015 was recruited by Brisbane Roar FC to take up a position as the High Performance Manager.[7]

Dodd was replaced by former Whitsunday Miners FC coach Graham Harvey.[8]

Pride Women's were lead by player/coach Lorena Maggio, a W-League player with Adelaide United FC (W-League). The team finished 8th in the inaugural NPL Queensland Women's competition.

2016 season[edit]

In 18 May 2016 Pride Men played the New Zealand national football team at Briggs Rd Sporting Complex as part of the visitors preparations for the OFC Nations Cup.

New Zealand prevailed 2–0 in front of a crowd of 1,200 fans.[9][10]

Pride Men signed Papua New Guinea international Nigel Dabingyaba late in the season, who became the first current international to play in the NPL Queensland competition.

Pride Men finished 10th after a last day win away at Olympic FC saw them jump above Sunshine Coast Fire.

Two of Pride's 2016 squad were signed by Brisbane Roar's Youth team. Hayden Mchenery signed mid-season after 12 months at Pride where he rebuilt his career after suffering Osteitis pubis.[11] Joe Duckworth signed at the end of the season after top scoring for Pride with 11 goals in 21 appearances.[12]

Pride Women went into the NPL Queensland Women season having lost most of their senior squad, instead relying on a far younger squad with half the first team squad turning 16 during the season.

Pride Women finished 8th, equaling their 2015 league placing but greatly improving their goal difference and goals against statistics.

2017 season[edit]

Former Australia women's national soccer team goalkeeper and Ipswich player Belinda Kitching was appointed manager of the Senior Women side during the off-season.[13]

Kitching was joined by her former Ipswich and international teammate Bryony Duus who took up the role of U17 manager and assistant coach to the Senior Women's squad.[14]

Goals On Pride Debut[edit]

  • Will Jordan – v Queensland Academy of Sport (10/3/2013)
  • Peter Drager – v Queensland Academy of Sport (10/3/2013)
  • Lorena Maggio – v Peninsula Power Women (15/2/2015)
  • Joe Duckworth – v SWQ Thunder (28/2/2015)
  • Harrison Sawyer – v SWQ Thunder (28/2/2015)
  • Gabriel Hawash – v SWQ Thunder (28/2/2015)
  • Corey Lucas – v Sunshine Coast Fire (27/2/2916)
  • Rahni Pritchard – v Redlands United Women (28/2/2016)^
  • Anthony Poljak – v Gold Coast City (10/6/2016)
  • Lani McKenna – v Eastern Suburbs Women (22/4/2017)

^ indicates game was also Senior Career Debut

Former Players[edit]

  • List of former players who played professionally or have represented there nation at senior level.
Papua New Guinea
  • Australia Lorena Maggio
Kuwaiti Premier League


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