Ward ready to drive women's game


Gary Ward with Jets Senior Women in 2015. Now he's in charge of three teams. Picture: Albert Perez

I'm absolutely up for the challenge, says Gary 


GARY Ward, Moreton Bay United’s new Director of Coaching for Women, wants to make the club a “driving force” in Brisbane’s northern suburbs.


Ward, who coached Jets’ Under 13 Girls and Senior Women in 2015, starts by overseeing the girls’ trials, which get under way on Monday.


“I’m looking forward to it,” he said “I’m absolutely up for the challenge. We want Moreton Bay United to be a driving force in the northern suburbs.

“The big picture is to build a program which enables players to reach their full potential.

“I want to work with the women’s team coaches to help the club realise that goal, to generate a sense of purpose and working together.

“(Technical director) Adam Piddick has a very modern, progressive vision and we’ll be adopting the Moreton Bay United playing style.”

Ward, who will coach Jets’ new Under 17 Girls team next season, said the early signs for 2017 were “very positive”.

He expects “good numbers” at the Under 13, 15 and 17 trials, with returning Jets players alongside others from Albany Creek Excelsior and around the region.

Looking further ahead, Ward believes “ideally” Football Queensland would like Jets to field a senior women’s team in 2018. But his primary concern is “developing and nurturing” the new under 17 girls.

Before crossing the Tasman Sea, Ward worked at New Zealand Football’s National Talent Centre and as development officer with Mainland Football.

He coached the Mainland Boys Under 15s at the 2014 national tournament and was head coach of Canterbury Under 15 Girls in 2013 and 2014.

Places are still available for girls wishing to trial for Moreton Bay United’s Under 13, Under 15 and Under 17s. Visit moretonbayunited.com for details.