Ipswich Knights players (from left) co-coach Belinda Scott, Shani Wilton and Stevie Whisson.
Ipswich Knights players (from left) co-coach Belinda Scott, Shani Wilton and Stevie Whisson. David Nielsen

Loyal co-coaches keep Knights women competitive

AFTER losing the services of experienced coach Paul McCulloch, the Ipswich Knights women were unsure who would guide the side this season.

Pastor McCulloch has left Ipswich through work after giving the club terrific service.

But rather than let a promising team meander through another season, two dependable women have offered to guide the Knights team in a revamped Capital 1 football competition.

Player/coach Belinda Scott and former player Leah McKendrick (nee O'Doherty) will share the role as the Knights prepare for their opening game against Caboolture at Bundamba on February 28.

"Last year was really good. Just disappointing at the end,'' Scott said. We've just got a little bit of tweaking to do yet.''

The Knights women were undefeated through last year's premiership season before losing the grand final to Logan.

The talented side added the City Cup (knockout competition) title to their premiership success.

Scott, having played for 22 years, is pleased McKendrick has stayed involved with the club after badly breaking her leg a couple of seasons ago.

Although losing two key players in goal scoring ace Hannah Bianchi (hip surgery) and retiring captain Lailey Hunt, Scott backed the team to hold its own.

"I'm confident that we'll do well again,'' Scott said, yet to name a new skipper.

"We've got the under 18 girls, which we hope will fill in for us when we need help.''

The team has already had productive trials against Taringa (winning 1-0) and Moggill (losing 1-0).

The Capital 1 competition is a level below the Brisbane Women's Premier League premiership.



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