Reece Veenhoven was the only Gladstone player to turn out for the Capricorn Cougars
Reece Veenhoven was the only Gladstone player to turn out for the Capricorn Cougars

Young gun takes a rest after hectic season

By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au

CLINTON soccer young gun Reece Veenhoven is enjoying a well-deserved rest after the Frenchville Sports Club Capricorn Cougars team's final Queensland Soccer State Cup clash last weekend.

The Cougars finished an encouraging debut season in the statewide competition with a 1-0 win over the Mackay Red Devils and finished third in Group B.

Sixteen-year-old Veenhoven was the only Gladstone player in the inaugural Cougars squad and proved to be one of their most consistent performers.

Reece began the season as a substitute, but quickly progressed into the starting line-up with some excellent games up front and in the midfield.

The season was one of discovery for the talented youngster who shared his thoughts on his season with The Observer.

"It was just a buzz to be part of the team, it is the biggest competition in Queensland and the competition was very strong.

"To play against the Brisbane Lions who had some National League players in their team was the highlight,'' Veenhoven said.

As one of the younger members of the Cougars squad, Reece added he benefited greatly from the closeness of the squad.

"We had such a short time to get used to each other and how we played, the team were very close and I think that helped me out a lot.

"The Cougars were a great bunch, we spent a lot of time together and had some great experiences like when we went to Mount Isa on the smallest plane ever,'' he said.

Reece also gained a real insight into what it takes to play at the higher regional level.

"I learned a lot playing for the Cougars, our training sessions were well structured and we had all our games taped for us.

"That was a great thing for everyone because you could watch yourself and know when you did something right or wrong, so you could learn from it,'' he said.

Reece is undecided about his soccer future, but added if he was still in Central Queensland next year he would love to play for the Cougars again.

"It was great to be a part of it this year and be good to do again,'' he said.



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