Keely Hooper has scored 37 goals with the under 13 girls and under 14 boys teams for Centrals
Keely Hooper has scored 37 goals with the under 13 girls and under 14 boys teams for Centrals Mike Richards GLA290616SGAL

Brisbane Roar keeper likes what he sees in soccer talent

GOALKEEPERS around the Gladstone junior soccer competition would be nervous whenever Keely Hooper is within striking distance.

The Central Leopards under 13 girls player has scored 25 goals in just eight games and she was a part of the Michael Theo Clinic yesterday.

As well documented, Theo is the Brisbane Roar goalkeeper and he noted Keely’s immense skills and talent.

Despite Keely’s ability to find the goals, she says she has learned a lot from the best.

“It has been a good opportunity for me to learn new skills,” Keely said.

Fellow first-class coaches Kirsten Veeren, Duncan Short, Brendan White, Michael Weir and Liam Booth-Mowat joined Theo in handing down their knowledge of the “world game” to the youngsters in the clinic.

“We have been taught how to curve the ball as well,” Keely added.

She has also scored 12 goals in seven games for under 12 boys team Central Pumas.

Clinton under 17 keeper Liam Gifford says he will add to his game by better positioning himself between the goal and the player with the ball.

“It’s been great to meet such high-standard players,” Liam said.



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