BACK ON FIELD: United's Belinda Kitching. The former Matildas goalkeeper will play the rest of the season after first-choice keeper Marni Rice left the area.
BACK ON FIELD: United's Belinda Kitching. The former Matildas goalkeeper will play the rest of the season after first-choice keeper Marni Rice left the area. Matthew McInerney

Former Matilda keeps Warriors on track to finals

BELINDA Kitching might have already taken the field for United Warriors this season, but her appearance in goal must have sent shivers up Brothers Aston Villa players' spines.

The former Matildas goalkeeper was at home in the net as United beat Brothers 1-0 on Saturday.

While the win came on the back of an outstanding team performance, in which United relied on five second division players, Kitching's presence in goals lifted her team.

United's regular keeper Marni Rice moved away, forcing Kitching to pull on the gloves, a role she will maintain for the rest of the season, including finals.

"I've played the last few weeks out in the field to get the games up for finals," Kitching said.

"You always miss it."

Kitching coaches United's womens teams, who will have the bye this week, and currently runs a weekly program designed to teach girls the basics of football and develop their skills. The 60-minute sessions run from 4.30pm every Friday at Hervey Bay Sports, and continues until September 2.

The end goal is to develop female-only competitions, both in juniors and seniors.

This year's women's Wide Bay League features eight teams, four from Fraser Coast, but Kitching's long-term view is to build more teams and competitions in all age groups.



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