News

New APL club keen to work with others next season

Western Pride Football Club chairman Kym Wickstein (right) seen here with club GM Pat Boyle.
Western Pride Football Club chairman Kym Wickstein (right) seen here with club GM Pat Boyle. Sarah Harvey

WESTERN Pride FC chairman Kym Wickstein welcomed a meeting with representatives from Ipswich City Council, Ipswich Rugby League and Ipswich Jets to solve likely scheduling and shared facility issues next season.

While appreciative of council's support, Wickstein said the new Pride entity needed a home base for matches.

"Ideally we suggested IRL, Jets and IJRL play out of North Ipswich Reserve, and Pride adopt Briggs Road as our home," Wickstein said.

"But there would need to be work done on the (Briggs Rd complex) pitch and extra change rooms."

Wickstein said Pride were happy to work with council on managing facilities for next year's inaugural Australian Premier League state competition.

The Pride will be like the Jets - playing teams from around the state in Ipswich.

Wickstein offered other key issues to discuss in ground sharing arrangements, including:

How any damage to the field from rugby league games would be repaired for soccer matches, especially after rain.

How the field will cope during the winter months when grass does not grow?

How fridges, food utensils and cooking equipment can be shared on the same weekend so that the rugby league and soccer clubs can retain their independent revenue sources at North Ipswich Reserve.

"One alternative would be for someone to manage the venue and provide bar and canteen facilities," Wickstein said.

"(But) this would mean lost revenue for both Jets and Pride, something that we will rely on for income and funding."

Wickstein said a meeting of key parties was essential to ensure the region's elite sports teams could work out their "rights and responsibilities" before next season.

Topics:  australian premier league, ipswich city council, ipswich jets, ipswich rugby league, western pride football club




Man secretly stalked, filmed children at water park

New Zealand national used videos to satisfy his own sexual urges

Allison Baden-Clay would want you to show kindness

The late Allison Baden-Clay.

Day honours the late Allison Baden-Clay

Patient stable after shed fire at Eastern Heights

photo Lea Emery / Fraser Coast Chronicle

Emergency crews were called to the site shortly after 2am

Latest deals and offers

Lindsay Lohan 'calls off engagement'

Lohan reportedly called off her engagement to Russian millionaire

Rob Kardashian 'neglected' by Blac Chyna

Friends say they are now 'back in love'

Isla Fisher: I don't like talking about my private life

Isla Fisher shut down TV hosts when they asked about her husband

Mariah Carey: I 'can't believe' Prince has gone

'Prince was one of the best people I've met'

Joe Jonas' 'tough' pals

Joe Jonas' pals are 'tough' with his potential partners

Australia Post to open at Orion

Australia Post.

Service to open to customers in late August

Town with 'unique country flair' will be ruined: resident

Jonathan Emms of Rosewood is concerned about a proposed townhouse development for this John Street block of land.

Residents concerned by high density development proposal

You can own this Queensland town for just $1

Yelarbon

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

72-year-old Coast developer set to start new project

GREEN LIGHT: The Cosmopolitan has been approved for development at Cotton Tree.

Meet the Canberran set to deliver another chapter for Coast suburb