Wide Bay's credentials questioned as NPL fallout continues

WIDE Bay's women's football credentials have been questioned as the fallout from Football Queensland's women's National Premier League announcement continues.

FQ announced the composition of the new-look 14-team competition on Tuesday.

Wide Bay Buccaneers were granted a licence, while the likes of Western Pride (Ipswich) and Northern Fury (North Queensland) were overlooked.

The Pride has already indicated it would appeal FQ's decision.

In a statement to players and parents, Pride general manager Pat Boyle said the club had already commenced their appeal for reinstatement to the competition.

"We stress Pride promotes equality and our women/girls program is important to our club," Boyle wrote.

"We already have support from both local and state politicians who, like us, believe our female football program is of great importance to the Ipswich region."

Attached to a link containing FQ's response to criticism, Northern Fury FC specifically targeted the Buccaneers' inclusion in a Facebook post on Saturday.

"What part of the criteria did North Queensland Football application for a PS4 NPL Women's License fail?," the post reads.

"Surely Wide Bay is not ahead of North Queensland considering we have had a successful program for the past five years."

The current holders of Northern Fury's licence were not involved with the club's submission so could not appeal their omission. Future licence holders North Queensland Football are yet to make any future moves public.

Football Queensland Wide Bay president Stuart Taylor said North Queensland Football had done good work in promoting the women's game.

"The organisation is doing great work, but every zone should be commended for the work they've done (in women's football)," Taylor said.

FQ's statement said the 23 clubs were graded against a list of 12 criteria: teams, youth development, coaching, governance, finance, facilities, organisational structure membership protection, medical, reporting, competition and commercial rights.

The Pride, Brisbane Olympic and Sunshine Coast Fire all lost their licences, while Gold Coast City chose not to renominate.



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