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Ipswich Pride kicking goals

YOUTH POLICY: Western Pride head coach Kasey Wehrman is close to finalising his squad for next year’s Australian Premier League state competition.
YOUTH POLICY: Western Pride head coach Kasey Wehrman is close to finalising his squad for next year’s Australian Premier League state competition. Claudia Baxter

WITH competitive teams formed, a passionate new treasurer on board and key people working together, Pat Boyle feels satisfied heading into his Christmas break.

Reflecting on progress made by the Western Pride Australian Premier League franchise, the general manager sees an exciting 2013 season ahead.

"What we have achieved in such a short space of time is a credit to all people involved,'' Boyle said.

"Basically, we've kicked goals we never thought we'd achieve (so soon).''

Boyle said 12 Pride teams from juniors to seniors were taking shape for next year's inaugural APL state competition.

"The quality is pretty impressive so I'm very happy there,'' Boyle said.

"Apart from the ladies 14s and 15s, and the boys 16s, everyone else has got a full quota.''

Pride officials have also welcomed respected Ipswich accountant Dean Gibb as treasurer on the executive.

Gibb's great grandfather Alex was the Socceroos first captain on the 1922 tour to New Zealand.

Alex's son Lex also represented Australia in eight internationals from 1938-48.

"He's fantastic,'' Boyle said of Dean.

"Given his family history and also what his family has achieved in football, it's a perfect fit.

"It gives us the passion as well as the professionalism.''

The Pride club has also secured a new goalkeeping coach in Scott Housden.

He has worked with the Brisbane Roar women's team.

In another step forward, Western Pride officials outlined a business plan and updated sponsors at a special session on Monday night.

"It highlighted this is a state-wide comp with national recognition at the end of the year given that the top two teams from every state will play off similar to a champions league,'' Boyle said.

"Their business exposure won't be just confined to this area.''

Boyle said the most satisfying part of his job was working with a board of directors "that are all professional people with professional business sense''.

"On top of that, being able to engage Kasey's (coach Kasey Wehrman's) services. Also how Western Pride and the council are working together.''

Wehrman accepted the most important playing/coaching role after completing his A-League stint with the Newcastle Jets.

Boyle said Wehrman's presence was just what the new club needed.

"The best thing we did was Kasey being involved because he's not familiar with what these guys can and can't do,'' Boyle said.

"So he's based his whole knowledge on what they showed at trials. There's absolutely no bias.

"He's picked them on what they have shown ability-wise.''

Boyle thanked Mayor Paul Pisasale and Cr David Morrison for backing Ipswich's football initiative.

Topics:  australian premier league, pat boyle, western pride football club



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