Reece to make international debut
By CRAIG ROSScraigr@gladstoneobserver.com.au
FORMER Gladstone district soccer talent Reece Veenhoven is champing at the bit to make his international debut for the Australian schoolboys side against New Zealand in Sydney in October.
Veenhoven won selection in the side after starring for Queensland at the national titles in Cairns last week, scoring three goals in five games for the trophy-winning side.
The 17-year-old former Gladstone State High student now attends Cavendish Road State High which houses Queensland's school of excellence soccer program.
Veenhoven, who cut his teeth with the BITS and Clinton clubs in Glad-stone, said he was 'stoked' to have gained Australian selection after the disappointment of missing a Queensland Academy of Sport spot last year.
Veenhoven said training in the school of excellence program and playing in the Brisbane under-19 competition with Southside United had helped his game tremendously.
'It's been really good,' Veenhoven said. 'I'd experienced senior football in Gladstone but coming down and playing under-19 football has helped my game, given me a bit of variety.
'It's obviously a better league with some of the players in the (Queensland) Roar shadow squad.'
Veenhoven also has ambitions to one day play for the Roar but has plenty to keep him occupied.
Veenhoven and the Australian schoolboys squad will tour the United Kingdom in January.
'I can't wait,' Veenhoven said, already counting down the days.