The Koolau Mountain Range Football Club is one of Queensland’s biggest clubs, but has suffered heavy losses from the recent mining boom in the region.
Key points:The Kooloua Range Football club has lost over $4 million in the past six yearsSource: News24, Marietta, QueenslandCiting the economic impact of the mining boom on the region, Kooluarra Football Club has put up a $3.7 million bond.
Koolau’s club has faced its fair share of adversity in recent years.
The club has suffered from an injury crisis, with former player James Hinton leaving in 2014 after just two years on the field.
Koo has also been forced to deal with the loss of the club’s first-ever female coach, Lizzie Rourke, in 2016.
Rourke was sacked after just one season.
The Koo club was recently named as a finalist for the 2018 NRL Women’s World Cup, but is set to be left out of the competition due to a number of financial issues.
The Gold Coast Bulletin understands that while the Kooloo are a “favourite” club in the Koo region, there are a number who feel it is unfair to list the club as a “winner” in their football coverage.
“I’ve got to say I’m disappointed in them, they’ve been through a lot,” a Kooluea player told the Bulletin.
“We’ve been lucky to play here for the last six years and it’s time to move on.”
But if I’m the one getting to pick my team, I’d say I’ve been pretty lucky.
“The other team is pretty good, they have a few players who are just going to go and play for another team.”
Kooluaro’s season has also suffered from the loss the club suffered when former coach Scott Taylor was sacked.
The loss of Taylor was one of the biggest issues facing the Kooma team this year, with their coach leaving at the end of last year.
“The club is struggling because Scott Taylor has left and the coach hasn’t been able to do his job,” a player said.
“It’s been a long time coming.
I’m not sure how long they’ve got, but it’s really hard for me to believe that a year after he left, they still haven’t had a coach come in and put them in a position where they can be competitive.”
While Kooluru’s losses have hit hard, they are also expected to recover as they enter a new era under former head coach James Foden.
“What we’ve been trying to do for the past two seasons is to make the club competitive,” Fodens coach said.
“[James] Fodeng’s been the head coach for two seasons now and he’s a very successful coach.
We’ll have some competition for the next couple of years.””
If we can continue to build on what we’ve achieved this year then hopefully it will be enough to put us in a competitive position next year.”
The Koomiarenga’s 2017 season has been a struggle, with the club being eliminated from the league last year and losing four of its last five games.
The club had been set to go into the AFL finals, but Fodentens side suffered a loss in the quarter-finals.
There is also a new coach in the offing.
Koomiaro coach John Phelan said that he was not too concerned about the future.
“There’s a lot of things to look forward to next year, we’ve just got to focus on the game, keep going and hopefully be a bit of a contender in the coming year,” Phelans coach said.””
I think the club will be competitive and hopefully a good one, but the season’s not finished yet.
“Kooluru will be back next year with the new coach.”