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Jets' new challenge

Jets' Alex Armstrong, Alex Mackie and Madison Franke

A new chapter in the history of Moreton Bay United’s senior women’s teams will start tomorrow at Wolter Park.

Many of last season’s Under 23s, who reached the NPL grand final, have graduated to the top side with coach Greg Bradley and open their FQPL 1 season against SWQ Thunder at 3pm.

Our new-look Under 23 side, coached by Matt Van Daalen, faces the same opposition at home in its opening round at 1pm.

Both teams have 21 FQPL 1 fixtures in eight-team divisions which also include Brisbane City, Broadbeach, Logan, Robina, Virginia and Western Pride.

“We have had a lot of changes,” said senior coach Greg, who is also Jets’ Head of Female Football Development.

“There are players who have stepped up, new players who have joined the club and we have some who will arrive in mid-season.

“We have worked on bringing everyone together and each week taking small steps forward.

“Pre-season has finished now, but this process will continue - trying to get better week-by-week, training session by training session.

“We know we can improve and we know it will take hard work to get there. But I think we have a good group which is keen to learn.”

New signing Madison Franke will be facing her former club, having spent many years with Thunder, before a brief spell at Caboolture and now Jets.

She also has a leadership role within the group and on signing for Jets was described as “a good talker, experienced, quality,” by Greg Bradley.

Ella De Silva, Sunshine Rutch and Holly Cawthorne have all rejoined Jets and will be alongside the likes of Alex Armstrong and Alex Mackie from last season’s 23s.

Both had keys roles as Jets snatched a place in the finals with a late run. Alex Armstrong played every match and Alex Mackie averaged a goal every two games.

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