ACE launch their Women’s Capital League 1 campaign on Saturday at Taringa (5pm) with coach Jamie Sanckson, pictured above, saying this week: “I think it will be an exciting year for us”.
Promotion to the Brisbane Women’s Premier League has been the long-term aim for director of female coaching Jamie and the ACE women’s program.
Now, with a number of new signings the coach believes he has the “best squad of players I’ve worked with to date, not only technically on the field, but also their mentality.
“We know we have some fantastic quality all over the pitch, but without the right mentality the girls know we will struggle to hit our targets,” he said.
“We’ve made some important additions again this season and I’m so happy with how they have come together as a group.”
On the Capital League 1 challenge, Jamie said: “Everyone wants to win the league and trophies. Some teams have recruited and, Taringa on Saturday is our first big test. They will be looking to get back to the premier league too.”
ACE’s recruitment includes Lex Ball, Jess Scicluna, Bronty Geddes, Mykaela and Jorja Rolls joining the core of last season’s squad with the likes of Tiarna Toye, Nat Finney, Morgan Schroeder, Morgan-Lee Martin, pictured above, Chloe Globke, Rebecca Voigt and Caitlin Watts all re-signing.
“We talked about three-to-four years and building a squad of players capable of gaining promotion, but also being able to handle that level when we get there,” said Jamie.
“I know the feeling around the club is this year we can really give it a go. I know the girls are eager for success, but we also know it won’t be easy. There will be some other good sides in the league again.
“Hopefully this season being a full round of fixtures we will be around where we want to be at the season close.”
ACE were seventh in Capital League 1 in 2019 and topped the Plate ladder in last season’s split season. This year they had a flying start in the Elaine Watson Cup winning 7-0 at Southside Eagles, before rain and Easter disrupted preparations.
“We’re all just looking forward to getting started,” added Jamie, “there’s a lot of anticipation around, the girls have produced some really entertaining stuff in our few preseason games and Elaine Watson cup tie.
“Hopefully we can get off to a good start in the league on Saturday and then we move on from there.”
ACE Women’s Reserves start their Women’s Capital League 1 season at Taringa on Saturday, kick-off 3pm.