Springfield club kicks ahead

Representing Springfield United's three grand final-winning football teams are under-15 captain Anthony Longhurst,  Steelers skipper Hayden Brook and Spartons captain Connor Fisher.
Representing Springfield United's three grand final-winning football teams are under-15 captain Anthony Longhurst, Steelers skipper Hayden Brook and Spartons captain Connor Fisher. Contributed

FOR a small, ambitious football club, Springfield United is progressing along the right path.

Three junior teams recently won Football Brisbane divisional grand finals after enjoying successful seasons.

The club's winning combinations were in under-13 Division 5 and Division 6 South, and in the under-15 Division 7 competition.

However, with 28 teams and more 350 players involved from under 6 to over 35s, club president Scott Harding is keen to make growth and success two Springfield United catch cries in the future.

"Fortunately, we've got all these sporting fields that are actually coming online next year that we'd like to move to,'' Harding said.

Harding said Springfield United were hoping to be part of the Southern Sporting Fields hub being created in Springfield Central.

Currently leasing fields at Woodcrest State College, Springfield United sees an exciting future having access to the multi-sport facility, where the first stage is expected to be open the middle of next year.

Ipswich councillor David Morrison confirmed 10 ovals would be available for community sporting use once the complex is finished.

He said important regional clubs like Springfield United could soon tender to share the facility.

During the recent grand finals, Springfield United's U13 Division 5 side beat Redlands 1-0 after being runners-up in the premiership.

The club's Division 6 U13 team were premiers and won the grand final 4-1 over Redlands in extra time.

Springfield's 15 years team beat The Gap on penalties in the grand final after being runners-up at the end of the premiership rounds.

"We are still only a young club so to make three finals and win three against the likes of Redlands was pretty good,'' Harding said.

Springfield United's masters side won the Division 4 Lions competition.

Springfield United also fielded a women's City League 3 team this season, with some promising signs in the 11 years girls ranks.

"We're starting to really boost those numbers,'' the club president said. "And hopefully we are creating a pathway.

"We've got to bear in mind that we need to be sustaining the growth.

"In three, four years time, it would be nice if we were in Cap 2 (Capital League 2 competition).

"It would be nice if we were winning some senior premierships.

"That might be the hallmark of success but more importantly, it's bringing some of these young kids through into those teams.''

Growing with Western Pride a goal

SPRINGFIELD United Football Club president Scott Harding is keen to forge strong links with the Ipswich region's National Premier Leagues club.

After a successful season developing more players, Harding said Springfield United were eager to work more closely with Western Pride.

The Springfield United Football Club was formed in 2008.

Harding, who has been president since October last year, has coached for 20 years in England and Brisbane Boys College.

He welcomed coaching sessions from experienced Pride footballers as the community Springfield United club looks to develop further.

"We're trying to form some sort of academy with Pride,'' he said.

"That would be a really important thing because this, being a growth area, is really good to attract players to an area like this, to potentially help guys further down the track as well.''

Topics:  football brisbane junior competition, ipswich football, springfield united football club, western pride football club

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