Coach thanks NZ visitors, his team for great effort

"THANKS New Zealand Football. That was massive.''

Western Pride head coach Graham Harvey was proud and appreciative after watching his team create some fine history in Ipswich.

Apart from the opportunity his players received against the New Zealand All Whites, Harvey was optimistic the well-supported match would help football in the region.

A big crowd supported the night, with kids from schools like Ipswich Grammar, West Moreton Anglican College, St Augustine's College and Boonah State High gaining inspiration from seeing international footballers in action.

"Hopefully the young kids coming to watch that were excited by it,'' Harvey said.

"To see international football in Ipswich is a rarity.

"I hope I see everybody at seven o'clock on Sunday against Olympic.''

Sunday night is when Western Pride play their next National Premier Leagues match at the same Briggs Road Sporting Complex venue. Pride tackle Olympic.

Western Pride technical director Gabor Ganczer (left) and head coach Graham Harvey thank New Zealand coach Anthony Hudson and his team for playing a match in Ipswich.
Western Pride technical director Gabor Ganczer (left) and head coach Graham Harvey thank New Zealand coach Anthony Hudson and his team for playing a match in Ipswich. David Lems

Wednesday night was a chance for the Pride speedsters to test their talents.

The home team didn't let the fans down with their speed and enthusiasm.

"I was just delighted that we could play well and showcase our skills,'' Harvey said.

Harvey thanked New Zealand Football and everybody involved in bringing the match to Ipswich.

"They have been an absolute joy to work with,'' he said.

The success of the match proved again that Ipswich can host elite teams and put on a sporting spectacle to be proud of.



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