Wests women take year off

EXPERIENCED Ipswich coach and umpire Kel Iszlaub had hoped to help the Wests club rebuild its A-grade women’s team this season.

Happy to coach the side for the first time, Iszlaub started recruiting numbers and building a team for the 2011 season starting on March 11.

However, after consulting with Wests officials this week, Iszlaub agreed to withdraw the Magpies from this year’s top grade competition.

“It’s unfortunate,” Iszlaub said yesterday.

“I am disappointed but you’ve got to be realistic about it.”

Iszlaub said Wests couldn’t guarantee the 24-25 players needed for a competitive A-grade side.

He hoped Wests would work with their Reserve grade side to build for the future.

“We lost a couple more players and we had a think about it,” Iszlaub said.

“We thought it would be better off having one side (Reserve grade) and go with that.”

Wests’ withdrawal leaves a five-team competition in women’s A grade.

Swifts, Hancocks, Norths, Easts and Bellbowrie are committed to playing this season.

Long-time Ipswich supporter Iszlaub is unsure whether he’ll receive another coaching opportunity this close to the season start.

“I’ll be able to sit on the fence and heckle from the sideline,” he joked.

The withdrawal of the Wests A-grade women’s side comes the same week as the Springfield Lakers confirmed they were unable to field sides this season.

Despite months of preparation from club development co-ordinator Peter Maslowskyj, the recent floods took their toll.

“Our base at Springfield was okay but we cover a large area of south west Brisbane as our future potential and existing players,” Maslowskyj said.

“We have deferred our inaugural year to 2012.”

Maslowskyj said the new club would continue to battle on in its bid to enter future junior and senior teams in the Ipswich competition.

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