Bund­aberg player makes the move to higher level

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I’m look­ing for­ward to the quality down here be­cause I want to be able to make the next step and bet­ter my foot­ball.

Bund­aberg’s Ashley Com­mens will be sur­rounded by fa­mil­iar faces when she takes the next step in her foot­balling ca­reer.

The former United Park Ea­gle has joined Ip­swich-based Na­tion­als Women’s Premier League side the Western Pride af­ter fin­ish­ing her ed­u­ca­tion at St Luke’s Angli­can School last year.

The teenager will joined at the club by a fel­low Wide Bay re­cruit, Her­vey Bay’s Vic­to­ria Mer­rick, with former Matilda and Fraser Coast res­i­dent Belinda Kitch­ing the coach.

The trio pre­vi­ously came to­gether at the Wide Bay Rev­o­lu­tion in 2013 when the side was in the NPL.

Com­mens and Mer­rick cel­e­brated the re­union with a 2-0 win on Satur­day in a pre-sea­son friendly against Lo­gan Light­ning.

Com­mens said the move had been great so far and praised Kitch­ing’s coach­ing.

She made 15 ap­pear­ances for the Ea­gles in the Wide Bay League last year.

“I’ve only been play­ing at Pride for three weeks un­der her now and I’ve al­ready learned so much,” she said.

“Belinda’s sides were a lot more or­gan­ised than us,” Com­mens said.

The de­fender said join­ing the Pride was per­fect for her fu­ture ca­reer.

Com­mens said she was keen to de­velop as much as pos­si­ble at the Pride be­fore mov­ing to the US col­lege sys­tem at the tail end of the sea­son.

“I’m mov­ing to Amer­ica to play soccer,” Com­mens said.

“I’m join­ing Pride to get as much ex­pe­ri­ence un­der Kitch as I can be­fore I head to Amer­ica in Au­gust.”

At just 17 years of age, Mer­rick was look­ing for­ward to learn­ing as much as she could in a more com­pet­i­tive league.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to the quality down here be­cause I want to be able to make the next step and bet­ter my foot­ball,” she said.

“It’s pretty tough here but we just have to work that ex­tra bit harder, es­pe­cially com­ing from a ru­ral area where we didn’t have any path­ways to the NPL.”

The Pride starts its cam­paign this Satur­day against the South West Queens­land Thun­der in Toowoomba.


GO­ING WEST: Bund­aberg's Ashley Com­mens in her Western Pride jersey.

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