A small number of clubs formed earlier in 1921. Brisbane and Australia’s first club, Latrobe Ladies, appear to have formed prior to 7 July 1921 (Telegraph, ‘Soccer Football Paddington Girls Form a Club’).
Credited with the side at Latrobe, Paddington, R.J. Powell was only a few days behind the formation of two Toowoomba Clubs (29 June) but a few more ahead of those formed 8 July 1921.
It is reported in a number of Queensland papers that 100 or so keen players met in the Brisbane Gymnasium, and on the night, elected to form The Queensland Women’s Ladies Soccer Football Association. Two teams were announced almost immediately, North and South Brisbane, with the prospect of three more being formed in the coming days. The Brisbane Gymnasium which stood on Turbot Street was demolished in the late 1930s but there are still images of the building (on bottom right). With 100 players in the Gym, we imagine the atmosphere would have been very exciting.
This meeting at the Gymnasium led to practice matches, which took place in early September – September 4 most likely – at Bowman Park, Paddington (now Bardon). Four teams were involved: Brisbane City, Latrobe Ladies, Celtic and Brisbane Ladies.
The players used an aluminium painted ball on specially organised training nights arranged and run by Mr W.G. Betts.