Prepare for a royal arrival
THOSE fortunate enough to have seen the Tweed Valley Kings women's side in action may already see the new female force as genuine title contenders.
However, coach Belinda Dawney believes tomorrow's carnival in Nerang will be their true judgment day.
Not intimidated by the imposing reputation of Palm Beach in the Gold Coast Soccer Women's Premier League, the TVK women announced their arrival on the football scene with a convincing 3-2 win over the noted powerhouse.
“I was very impressed with the way the team played, considering it was the first time they had played a game together,” Dawney said.
“We will really know how we're travelling after tomorrow's tournament.”
The trial game was played over three 30-minute thirds, with Kings stars Izzy Briggs, Maddy Roberts and Jess Shepherd all scoring goals in the decisive and encouraging victory.
“Palm Beach was a good hit out for the girls,” Dawney said.
“It was also a good chance to see how well the girls had been training and put those performances into a game situation.
“I am really looking forward to the season opener.”
As the latest and largest football venture on the Tweed, TVK has a strong focus on developing local talent for both men and women, and appears to have struck the right chord with the female footballing population.
Securing Dawney as coach early on in the project was a real coup for the club and they haven't looked back since, with the Tweed local using her connections and influence to lure players back to the region from Gold Coast clubs.
During her career, Dawney studied football at the Australian Institute of Sport and was selected in the Australian Matildas squad, but now she has returned to the Tweed to enhance the standard of play locally.
Kings president Christopher Davis believes the entity have a highly competitive squad, with a strong blend of talented, local youth which makes for a well-balanced team.
“The women of the Tweed had never really been represented in football circles as they are now,” he said. “The Kings women look very strong and we have high hope that they will do extremely well.”
TVK's first official fixture of the 2009 season kicks off against Coomera next Sunday.