TOP TALENT: Bundy's Kijah Stephenson and Gin Gin's Bree Wallace could play for Wide 
Bay in a junior state competition next year.
TOP TALENT: Bundy's Kijah Stephenson and Gin Gin's Bree Wallace could play for Wide Bay in a junior state competition next year. Mike Knott BUN070617SOCCER2

WOMEN BUC'ING TREND: Everyone gets behind side

FOOTBALL: "We need this, we need to develop the women's game in the region.”

Football Queensland Wide Bay administration officer Peter Guest has hit back at claims the region does not deserve a spot in the new women's National Premier League.

The Wide Bay Buccaneers last week were given a licence to the new competition created by Football Queensland which will start next season.

It follows the side earlier this year getting a men's Queensland Premier League licence.

The Buccaneers got the women's nod ahead of Ipswich and North Queensland, prompting a fiery response from club side Northern Fury about why its region missed out in favour of Wide Bay.

"It's unfortunate for them guys and we understand their issues,” Guest said.

"But we keep losing families every year (to other clubs around Queensland).

"We need to keep families in the region.”

The Wallaces are one family doing that with Bree playing for the Sunshine Coast Fire in the under-15s.

The family travels up to three hours a week just to train and play.

Now, with the Fire not getting an NPL side next year, Wallace may come home to play.

"We haven't thought about it yet, it's too early to discuss,” Bree's mother, Felicity, said.

"It's fantastic though and it would considerably reduce travel times for us with games at Martens Oval.”

But Felicity said people need to get on board, with sides planned in U13, U15, U17 and open.

"Parents with young girls need to get behind and support it,” she said.

"The new club provides a pathway that can lead them to the NPL one day.”

Bree said it would be a great opportunity if it happened.