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United Warriors kick off Wide Bay League season at home

A NEAR-decade of development has United Warriors well-placed for their Wide Bay League campaign.

The Hervey Bay club has invested heavily in the development of its female players, which leaves them with strong squads in both first and second divisions.

Division 1 coach Belinda Kitching said the playing stocks are in a great position.

"We've developed something over the last seven-eight years so our two senior women's divisions are strong already," she said.

"For us it was just to get back into training and separate into first and second division.

"I've got quite a lot of options this year.

"I've got a very young first division, there's a couple older guys in there and three or four new faces."

Kitching has also attracted several players who were formerly based in Brisbane.

"I've picked up quite good quality there but I've got young girls who are very coachable," she said.

United, Sunbury, Doon Villa and a combined Hervey Bay side will represent the Fraser Coast in the eight-team competition.

The combined Hervey Bay side is made of players from Hervey Bay clubs who do not have enough players to field first division, but are good enough to play in the competition.

"It's a team of two or three clubs who will help each other out," she said.

"It's a trial and error this year but we hope in 12 months they all have first and second division."

The games will usually be played immediately before the men's Wide Bay League fixtures, and the aim is for all clubs to boast first and second division sides for both genders.

For Kitching, the biggest benefit is that it provides a clearer pathway for junior female players.

"We are struggling with youth girls (16-and-under), so to develop that we need to ensure our senior competition is established," she said.

"Hopefully by the end of the season we get more numbers and can have a comp going next year."

Fixtures
Last night
Brothers Aston Villa v United Park Eagles
Doon Villa v Hervey Bay

Today, 4pm
United Warriors v Bingera at Hervey Bay Sports.
Diggers Bundaberg v Sunbury Blues at Martens Oval.

Topics:  belinda kitching, united warriors, wide bay league



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