2018 - A Game Changer for Mitchelton FC

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On the eve of the start of the WNPL and FQPL 2018 seasons, our head coaches give us an insight into the mood!
Daniel Pennisi - Head Coach, Mitchelton FQPL

What a transition it has been for our proud club from the Capital Leagues of Brisbane Football, into the Brisbane Premier League and now into the FQPL. A old club with plenty of tradition, but a new beginning in attempting to create a pathway for aspiring players in our region. This weekend sees our 1st match of the competition where we face FQPL Favourites Peninsula Power away at AJ Kelly Part. Despite their relative youth, Peninsula have already achieved a great deal on and off the park and we look forward to a great chance for our young squad to find out exactly where they are at; and where they need to be.

2018 is a long season with 26 rounds now being played instead of the customary 22 that we had been used to- hence the earlier start to the season. This means that clubs with new squads are still finding their feet, trying to gel and gain the fitness levels required to play at this level. Our team has made incredible progression and will continue to progress throughout the season. They are extremely motivated to improve each time we get together and their attitude & application has been 1st class.

As a player, coach and club- you always want to play against the best. This week will be the first test of many throughout the year and will a great chance for the development of our players. 

Being a new competition, there’s plenty of unknowns in relation to opposition teams etc so it’s great to finally kick start the season on our journey towards a successful 2018. Playing the competition favourites, on a terrific surface with a great crowd… what more could you ask for?!

Zoe Bickerstaffe - Head Coach, Mitchelton NWPL

When I first arrived at Mitchelton, you could sense it was a club that has a special feeling. The facilities were there, the right people were there, and most importantly of all, the vision was there. The vision was to build Mitchelton into the home of women's football - a place where women and girls of all ages could come and play the beautiful game.

Reflecting on this journey on the eve of one of the biggest moments of this clubs history is quite surreal. There have been tears, laughs, late nights, early mornings and more strapping tape than you can imagine...but we are finally here.

I am incredibly proud that Mitchelton FC can now provide a platform for players of all ages and levels. The National Premier League gives girls and women a chance to play in the W League and beyond, yet we develop our strength and passion through our community program that keeps us grounded.

We have had to start from scratch in terms of developing our elite program but with the help of some incredible coaches, administrators, parents and players we are here, and we are as ready as we can be. We take on each game knowing we want good football but also knowing we are the first representatives for this club...it's time to get the ball rolling.

We have had great success on the field over the last couple of years and have managed to fill our trophy cabinet, but 2018 is a new challenge and will prove to be very tough. My coaching team and I have developed a team that is smart, technical, strong and have a formidably mentality - I couldn't have asked for a better group of players to work with.

Saturday will be huge. We hope to see as many people as we can to cheer on the Mustangs.

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