Beaudesert Kingfishers Senior Women to play first match of 2019

The Beaudesert Kingfishers open women's team is preparing for its opening match of the year to be played on Saturday with kick-off at 2.30pm.

The squad of 24, including 12 players who are returning from last year's side which was the club's first since 1979, will travel to Ormeau to face the Shearers on their turf.

Despite limited experience, the ladies did exceptionally well in their debut season, improving constantly throughout to finish sixth in an SEQ Senior Women's division three competition which featured 11 clubs.

They will be looking to do even better this time around, with coach Joeanne Holland having her sights firmly set on a finals berth.

"It is a great bunch of ladies," she said.

"We want to hit the finals."

Holland said the Kingfishers would work relentlessly in training and aim to learn from each game in order to make that goal a reality.

She said pre-season commenced on February 14 and players had already been picking up valuable pointers from club stalwart Rob Brown.

"The girls enjoy having Rob there," she said.

"We were also lucky enough to have (former Brisbane Bronco) Micky Hancock run several sessions last year."

Beaudesert faced Ormeau twice in 2018 without victory, though they closed the gap between the sides considerably in the second outing.

Holland said to secure a breakthrough win against the Shearers, the fledgling outfit would look to its leaders and draw on the knowledge and skills gained last season, as well as an injection of new talent, including several players who previously took to the field as children.

"Having the girls come back is an advantage because we are not starting from scratch," she said.

Holland encouraged anyone keen to head along to Ormeau to support the Kingfishers.

The team plays its first home game on March 16 against Jimboomba.

The SEQ Senior Women's division three season commences on March 29.

Holland thanked Rob Brown and Micky Hancock for their assistance.