Western Pride FC

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Western Pride logo.png
Full nameWestern Pride Football Club
GroundBriggs Rd Sporting Complex
Capacity3,500 approx
OwnerFootball Ipswich Inc.
ManagerAndrew Catton (Men) and Vacant (Women)
LeagueNPL Queensland
2017Champions/3rd (Men) and 9th (Women)
WebsiteClub website

Western Pride Football Club is a soccer club based in Ipswich, Queensland. They participate in the Junior and Women's NPL Queensland competitions, the 2nd tier of Australian football, while the Men will participate in the Queensland Premier League in 2020.[1]

The club was founded in 2012 by a new entity called Football Ipswich, that set up local football clubs to represent the Greater Ipswich Region and surrounding Western Corridor.[2]

Ipswich Council 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] Football Federation Australia has identified Ipswich as an expansion area.[4]

Senior Men managers[edit]

Period Name
2012–2014 Kasey Wehrman
2015 Karl Dodd
2015 Karla Reuter and Wayne Heath (Caretakers)
2015–2018 Graham Harvey
2018 Reggie Davani (Caretaker)
2018 - 2019 Sergio Raimundo
2019 Terry Kirkham
2019 - current Andrew Catton

Senior Women managers[edit]

Period Name
2015 Lorena Maggio
2016 Len Manwaring
2017 – 2019 Belinda Kitching
2019 Connor George (Caretaker)
2019 - 2020 George Kalogeridis

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 Reynolds
Australia GK Tom Lynch
Australia DF Rhys Webster
Australia DF Kelton Scriggins
Australia DF Griffin Trevett-Lyall
Australia DF Aiden Norris
Australia DF Ben Piper
Australia DF Alex Sargent
Japan DF Ryu Yonezawa
Australia DF Connor Maynard
Australia DF Jarrod Hyslop
No. Position Player
Republic of Ireland MF Killian Flavin
Australia MF Nielen Brown
Australia MF Adam Sawyer
Australia MF Will Orford
Australia MF Matt Haspels
Australia MF Nathan Yoon
Australia MF Jackson Bray
Australia FW Ryan Richani
Japan FW Yuta Hirayama
Australia FW George Freeman
Australia FW Franco Aceto

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 DF Kyarna Bousen
Australia MF Maia Tighe-Watt
No. Position Player
Australia MF Mackenzie Jones
Australia MF Nadia Monteiro


2017: National Premier Leagues Queensland Champions[5]

Competition history (Senior Men)[edit]

Season League FFA Cup
Division (Tier) Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Position Queensland Finals NPL Finals
2013 NPL Queensland (2) 22 6 3 11 41 49 −8 21 8th DNQ DNQ Not yet founded
2014 NPL Queensland (2) 24 5 0 19 39 73 -34 15 12th DNQ DNQ Preliminary Round 4
2015 NPL Queensland (2) 22 7 2 13 39 57 -18 23 11th DNQ DNQ Preliminary Round 5
2016 NPL Queensland (2) 22 6 6 10 39 43 -5 24 10th DNQ DNQ Preliminary Round 5
2017 NPL Queensland (2) 22 12 5 5 73 27 46 41 3rd Champions DNQ Preliminary Round 5
2018 NPL Queensland (2) 26 19 0 7 96 33 63 57 3rd Semi Final DNQ Preliminary Round 5
2019 NPL Queensland (2) 28 8 1 19 37 70 -33 25 13th DNQ DNQ Preliminary Round 5

Source: [6]

Key: Premiers / Champions Promoted ↑ Relegated ↓

The tier is the level in the Australian soccer league system

Competition history (Senior Women)[edit]

Season League
Division (Tier) Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Position Queensland Finals
2014 SEQ Premier League (2) 19 0 0 19 18 108 -90 0 14th DNQ
2015 NPL Queensland (2) 22 6 1 13 42 94 -52 19 8th DNQ
2016 NPL Queensland (2) 20 5 2 13 18 48 -30 17 8th DNQ
2017 NPL Queensland (2) 18 1 0 17 11 76 -65 3 10th DNQ
2018 NPL Queensland (2) 26 6 2 18 61 110 -49 20 11th DNQ
2019 NPL Queensland (2) 24 3 2 19 28 95 -67 11 11th DNQ
2020* NPL Queensland (2) 1 0 0 1 0 4 -4 NA NA DNQ

Source: [7]

Key: Premiers / Champions Promoted ↑ Relegated ↓

The tier is the level in the Australian soccer league system

  • Western Pride withdrew from the Senior Women's competition after one match of the 2020 season.


Before World War II, Ipswich had been an important region for Australian football, with a number of Australia national soccer team representatives hailing from the region, including the Socceroos' first captain Alex Gibb.[8]

Ipswich clubs Dinmore Bushrats, Bundamba Rovers, Blackstone Rangers and St Helens won 19 Brisbane Premierships between 1920 and 1957. However, ethnic community clubs formed after World War II migration brought professionalism to club football, drawing players from Ipswich to Brisbane, seeing the fortunes of Ipswich clubs wane.[9] Ipswich would see a brief return to dominance in the mid-1980s when Ipswich United (1985 Premiership/Championship double) and Coalstars SC (1986 Championship) saw the last time the region won a Men's title in the highest division.[10]

Ipswich continued to produce international and professional footballers, but the rate slowed dramatically. Most recently Coalstars SC produced Australia women's national soccer team FIFA Women's World Cup players Belinda Kitching and Bryony Duus, Socceroo Neil Kilkenny,[11] and Everton F.C., Stoke City F.C. and Crewe Alexandra F.C. goalkeeper Jason Kearton.

Western Pride was created in 2012 when a group of Ipswich football identities and local clubs Ipswich Knights FC, Western Spirit FC, Ipswich City FC, Springfield United and Colleges United formed Football Ipswich with a view of creating a club to meet the entry requirements to the then Australian Premier League (now National Premier Leagues Queensland).[12]

Western Pride was created to provide a more professional pathway for Ipswich youngsters within the city, having seen many young Ipswich players move to successful Brisbane clubs such as Olympic FC and Queensland Lions FC.


Pride's inaugural men's player/coach was former Socceroo Kasey Wehrman who led the team from 2012 until his resignation in July 2014 to return to Norway.[13]

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 led the team to an impressive start to the season, however in June 2015 he was recruited by Brisbane Roar FC to take up a position as the High Performance Manager.[14]

Dodd was replaced by former Whitsunday Miners FC coach Graham Harvey.[15]

Pride had a Women's team in the local Brisbane leagues since its inception, but gained a licence to the new newly formed NPL Queensland competition which commenced in 2015. Pride appointed player/coach Lorena Maggio, who had been a W-League player with Adelaide United FC (W-League). The team finished 8th in the inaugural NPL Queensland Women's competition, after which Maggio returned to Adelaide United.

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.[16][17]

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

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.[18] Joe Duckworth signed at the end of the season after top scoring for Pride with 11 goals in 21 appearances.[19]

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.[20]

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.[21]

Former player Harrison Sawyer re-signed for the Men's side after stints at A-League sides Brisbane Roar and Newcastle United Jets. He scored four hat-tricks in five games, and 15 goals in his 7 games back with the club before returning to professional football in the Philippines.[22]

In the final round of the regular season Pride Men secured a historic 3rd-placed finish and a first-ever club finals series following a run of 9 straight victories.[23] Pride won the right to host the Grand Final after defeating Gold Coast City FC 3-0 in the semi-final, and seeing Premiers Brisbane Strikers lose to 4th place Moreton Bay United FC in the other semi.

Pride defeated Moreton Bay 2-1 in the Grand Final at Briggs Rd in front of a crowd of 3383. Goals from Cameron Crestani and a last minute Dylan Wenzel-Halls free-kick gave Pride its first major trophy.[24]

Two weeks earlier Pride's U18 Boys won the Premiership - the club's first competition win at any level in its five-year history.[25]

Pride Women finished second-last after a string of injuries deprived the team of many of its experienced players. A decision was taken to promote U17 players with a view to giving them experience ahead of the 2018 season.[26]

2018 season[edit]

Striker Dylan Wenzel-Halls scored 23 goals in 11 appearances, before being signed by Brisbane Roar on a professional contract.[27][28]

Coach Graham Harvey lead Pride to 2nd in the table by Round 16, before departing to take up a professional contact in Hong Kong.[29]

Notable players[edit]

  • List of current and former players who played professionally or have represented their nation at senior level.
Papua New Guinea
South African Premier League


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