Farina trophy fires up rivals
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.