Ju­nior women in state comp wilder­ness

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

NORTH Queens­land Foot­ball will not be part of Foot­ball Queens­land’s women’s un­der- 13, un­der- 15 and un­der- 17 com­pe­ti­tions.

The Townsville Bul­letin un­der­stands North Queens­land Foot­ball, who joined forces with the North­ern Fury ear­lier this year, will be de­nied en­try into the new- look com­pe­ti­tions be­gin­ning in 2018 when Foot­ball Queens­land of­fi­cially an­nounces its changes to the state league com­pe­ti­tion setup.

The Fury men’s team has al­ready been granted a fiveyear li­cence to par­tic­i­pate in the men’s Queens­land NPL com­pe­ti­tion from 2018, but there will be no women’s Fury teams, with the Fury un­able to field a team in the women’s pre­mier league.

Clubs lodg­ing bids were ex­pected to be able to field teams in the statewide se­nior women, un­der 17, un­der 15 and un­der 13 di­vi­sions.

Clubs through­out Queens­land were no­ti­fied over the week­end, with the ma­jor­ity of clubs ac­cepted into the women’s com­pe­ti­tion hail­ing from Queens­land’s south­east re­gion.

The Fury had pushed hard for a place in the women’s state- league team, with one player even pen­ning a let­ter to Foot­ball Queens­land power­bro­kers.

Foot­ball Queens­land boss Ge­off Fos­ter said late last year the gov­ern­ing body wanted to en­sure the league had long term sta­bil­ity.

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