Fa­rina tro­phy fires up ri­vals

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - ROHAN O’NEIL

THERE will be more than three NPL Queens­land com­pe­ti­tion points on the line tonight when the in- form North­ern Fury host tra­di­tional ri­vals Far North Queens­land Heat at Brolga Park.

The ri­valry be­tween the Townsville- based Fury and Cairns- based will heat up tonight with the win­ner of the match to earn the right to hold the Frank Fa­rina Cup for the next 12 months.

The tro­phy is named af­ter North Queens­land’s most suc­cess­ful foot­baller, Frank Fa­rina, who en­joyed a dec­o­rated play­ing ca­reer both do­mes­ti­cally and over­seas be­fore go­ing on to coach the Soc­ceroos as well as A League teams Bris­bane Roar and Syd­ney FC.

Fury chair­man Ra­bieh Krayem said the cup would add fur­ther in­trigue to the derby match as the Fury look to push fur­ther ahead of their north­ern ri­vals in the NPL stand­ings.

“The North Queens­land ver­sus Far North Queens­land derby is al­ready the big­gest ri­valry in re­gional Queens­land football and play­ing for the hon­our of the Frank Fa­rina Cup makes it even more so,” said Krayem.

“Frank is a re­ally good ex­am­ple of a kid from the coun­try who went all the way in football, when it was even

The Fury ver­sus the Heat derby is al­ready the big­gest ri­valry in re­gional Queens­land football

more dif­fi­cult to do so com­pared with now.

“It’s good to be able to say to promis­ing young Fury and Heat play­ers that dreams can come true if they’re pre­pared to work at it.”

To date the ri­valry has been fairly one- sided with the Heat un­de­feated in all but one derby fix­ture in the past two sea­sons and the Cairns side will be feel­ing good af­ter a last start 3- 0 win over the Bris­bane Roar youth team.

While history isn’t on their side the Fury are cur­rently three points ahead of FNQ FC in the stand­ings and will also head into this week’s game high on con­fi­dence af­ter wins over South West Queens­land and the Sun­shine Coast in the past fort­night.

There will be two ju­nior fix­tures at Brolga Park in­volv­ing Fury teams be­fore the main game kicks off at 7pm.

RA­BIEH KRAYEM

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