Words: Thibault Berthier | Image: Football Queensland
Gold Coast City Women's striker Brie Bond said her side's relocation to new training facilities at the Gold Coast Sport and Leisure Centre is a major boost ahead of Sunday’s clash with SWQ Thunder.
City are looking for their second consecutive PS4 NPL Women's Queensland win when they host Thunder at Duncan Mckenna Field.
City have recently moved to new training facilities at the Gold Coast Sport and Leisure Centre, which boasts three pitches and a pristine playing surface.
Bond said the new facility will be hugely beneficial for her side as they eye a move up the table.
“The girls are really happy with the new facilities, the fields are world class, they’re really professional to train on,” Bond said.
“It’s much smoother, it gives us a good chance to practice our set plays.”
“In our team combination play is one of our strengths and because we are playing a new formation it does give us more opportunity to do it.”
City secured their first three points of the season in an emphatic 6-1 victory over Sunshine Coast in their last outing - which included a stunning four goal haul from Jayde Lowe.
Bond explained the win had left her young team with plenty of belief going forward.
“The confidence is high, there’s a good vibe at training,” she said.
“We’ve just got to keep believing that we can keep going with it and that we do have a good a team.”
“It is pretty much mindset and preparation for whatever team we’re coming up against”.
Thunder currently sit one spot below City in sixth position on the PS4 NPL Women's Queensland table after three rounds.
Bond expects the Toowoomba-based club to provide a stern test on Sunday but also believes her side is a match for any team after pushing competition powerhouse The Gap in their last home match.
“We’re expecting them to come out pretty strong, it’ll be a pretty good match up with them,” she said.
“If we can hold out The Gap I think we can hold out any team, we’ll get better each week and see what happens.”
“We’re confident with any team we come up against, it’s just a matter of getting ready at training to face them this weekend,” Bond concluded.
City will be boosted for the match by the return of key defender Joy Forsyth.
PlayStation 4 NPL Women's Queensland 2017 - Round 4
Gold Coast City FC v SWQ Thunder FC
Sunday, April 23 | 2:00PM
Duncan McKenna Field, Palm Beach
Gold Coast City FC Squad: 1. Ellen HEPBURN (gk), 2. Teleya REYNOLDS, 3. Georgia ELLISTON, 4. Lily LOWE, 6. Neesa DOYLE, 7. Jamilla RILEY (c), 8. Charlotte RAYNER, 10. Jayde LOWE, 11. Brie BOND, 12. Joy FORSYTH (IN), 13. Emily BENTON, 14. Courtney BLACK, 20. Emily ANDERSON