TUSSLE: Western Pride's Georgina Adnum battling for the ball in a friendly against Mitchelton.
TUSSLE: Western Pride's Georgina Adnum battling for the ball in a friendly against Mitchelton. Chris Simpson

Blockbuster double-headers headline Pride's 2018

REIGNING National Premier Leagues Queensland champions Western Pride have confirmed Saturday nights at Briggs Rd will be bigger and better this season, with the club's senior women and men's sides set to play double-headers throughout the season.

The release of the 2018 National Premier Leagues Queensland and NPLW draws confirmed Briggs Rd will host the Pride women at 5pm, followed by the men at 7pm, a total of 11 times this season.

The first home ties are on February 10 with the Pride women facing newcomers Mudgeeraba, followed by the men's first Ipswich-Brisbane clash of the season against Olympic.

Pride men start the defence of their NPL Championship a week earlier with a blockbuster away tie with NPL Premiers Brisbane Strikers at Perry Park.

The two sides could not be separated in 2017, having contested a pair of 2-2 draws.

The 2018 NPL season sees the addition of Gold Coast United, Lions FC and Mackay Magpies Crusaders to the state-wide competition.

Two teams have re-branded, with Northern Fury now known as North Queensland United and FNQ Heat renamed Cairns FC.

Pride's three trips north all fall in the first half of the season, with trips to Magpies Crusaders and North Queensland on back-to-back weekends before jetting off to face Cairns FC in Round 10.

Pride face a highly-anticipated new derby against Lions FC at Richlands in March, before renewing their traditional rivalry at Briggs Rd with SWQ Thunder later that month.

The Pride women start their season away to Thunder in a repeat of last season's closing game.

The NPLW has undergone significant changes this season with the introduction of Lions, Moreton Bay United, Mudgeeraba, Gold Coast United, Sunshine Coast Wanderers, Capalaba, Mitchelton and Logan Lightning.

The new derby with Lions will see Pride travel to Richlands in April with the return leg the last home game of the season.

Both of Pride's senior sides close the season away on the last weekend of August with the women at Moreton Bay and the men travelling to Brisbane City.



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