Fury’s fall shatters dreams
FOOTBALL Federation Australia’s decision to axe the North Queensland Fury has shattered the sporting dreams of 11-year-old Bailey Simmons.
The pint-sized football fanatic has aspired to play for the Fury since the club’s inception in the A-League more than two years ago.
The talented youngster was picked to represent Townsville last year and became a member of Townsville’s Junior Premier League this year.
Bailey has put his heartache down on paper in a letter addressed to FFA chief executive Ben Buckley.
The Year 7 student has been rallying his friends to secure a football team in North Queensland. Bailey said the news was heartbreaking.
‘‘ I wrote the letter because I thought it might make a difference,’’ he said. ‘‘ I wanted to play for the Fury some day but there is no Fury anymore.
‘‘ I have spoken to a lot of my friends and they are saying the same thing.’’
The St Joseph’s Mundingburra student idolises Fury striker Chris Payne and trains three days a week.
Bailey’s mother, Madonna, said the decision to axe the local side was set to land a killer blow to the sport in the region.
‘‘ I don’t think a lot of these people realise that a decision like this affects the kids more than we think,’’ she said.
‘‘ Like a lot of kids his age, all Bailey wants to do is play soccer, so he was so excited about the prospect to go on and play for a team in North Queensland.
‘‘ Both my sons love the game and they had something they could relate to on the television while they were watching the players from the same city as they are.
‘‘’’ Bailey is just lost at the moment. He keeps asking ‘ who am I going to play for now Mum’.’’
HEARTFELT PLEA: Bailey Simmons, 11, has written to Football Federation Australia CEO Ben Buckley pleading him to reverse the decision on the Fury