State play­ers re­turn

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS - SOC­CER

MOSS­MAN soc­cer play­ers Casey Toft and Maru Ni­tor-Zam­mataro have re­cently re­turned from Townsville hav­ing been part of the Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence Fu­sion Un­der-15 side which was crowned Un­der-18 cham­pi­ons for North Queens­land.

The Fu­sion de­feated the Un­der-18 Townsville mi­nor pre­miers Olympic FC 2-1 in the Crad Evans Tro­phy.

The boys and their coach, Moss­man lo­cal Doug Baird, have en­joyed un­prece­dented suc­cess this year.

Firstly the squad won their age group in the Rebel Sport Ju­nior Premier league which is con­tested among all the Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence squads from Rock­hamp­ton north.

They then won the Un­der-18 mi­nor pre­mier­ship in the lo­cal Cairns league, fol­low­ing up with a crush­ing 5-0 win against the sec­ond placed In­n­is­fail Un­der-18 side in the grand fi­nal.

“Whilst we were used to play­ing against big­ger older boys, the Olympic side were with­out doubt the big­gest most phys­i­cal side we had come up against all sea­son and it is a credit to the boys that they re­fused to be in­tim­i­dated by them, stuck to the game plan, played the bet­ter football and ran out de­served win­ners,” Baird said.

The squad have all been in­vited to trial for places in the Aus­tralian Premier league en­tity the FNQ Football Club Ltd which will be field­ing teams at Un­der16 and Un­der-18 lev­els in next year’s com­pe­ti­tion.

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