Western Pride footballer Zoe Lambi works hard the last time the team played Mudgeeraba.
Western Pride footballer Zoe Lambi works hard the last time the team played Mudgeeraba. Chris Simpson

Pride wary of wounded Roos

FRESH from a confidence-building win over SWQ Thunder last weekend, it was "business as usual” at Western Pride women's training this week ahead of today's NPLW clash against Mudgeeraba at Briggs Rd.

Pride have a big opportunity to make it two wins in a row to start the season, against a Mudgeeraba outfit which was outclassed by reigning premier The Gap 17-0 last weekend.

But Pride coach Belinda Kitching said there would be no taking the Gold Coast outfit lightly, particularly since the two sides played out a hard-fought draw in pre-season a fortnight ago.

"We've improved as a squad from when we played them on the Gold Coast, but it won't be an easy game,” Kitching said.

"Mudgeeraba will want to bounce back from that, knowing they drew with us two weeks ago. It will probably be a good contest.”

With Pride facing The Gap in a few weeks, Kitching has implored her charges to focus on developing their game and not so much on the result each weekend.

"(After the Thunder win) it was straight back into training, and working on things that can take us to that next level,” Kitching said.

"Yes we have a game to play this weekend and want a result, but our focus is on building and improving.

"I'm seeing in each session there's an attitude among the group - we have a big task ahead but (the girls) all seem to be ready and willing to take it on.”

Kitching said it was too early to determine what a realistic ladder position for the fledgling squad would be, but she said a mid-table finish is not beyond them.

"This year is about establishing the women's program first and foremost,” she said.

"The squad is looking quite strong, now we just want to go week by week with a plan to becoming a competitive side.

"Anything above that is a fabulous bonus.”

Today's match is the first of 11 home games aligned with the men's team this season.

The women's coach said her side was itching to get onto the Briggs Road pitch in front of a vocal home crowd.

"To have 11 home games with the men this year, we're excited to get that feel,” Kitching said.

"A lot of the girls are new to the squad and club.

"It will be a good chance for them to get a feel for what the atmosphere will be like.''