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SOCCER: Central Queensland Spirit organiser Kym Donald said she was confident there would be more teams from the region in next year's Australian Indigenous Football Championships.
It came on the back of the success of the CQ Spirit men and women's teams which played in Logan.
Both made it to the Plate Grand Finals, but lost narrowly at 2-1 and 1-0 in the men's and women's sections respectively.
"I didn't expect the teams to make it so far and it was unexpected but outstanding," Donald said.
"The teams showed a great spirit and camaraderie."
It was the first year these championships were held in Brisbane. Donald said CQ Spirit had played last year in New South Wales.
"It was great to be held in Queensland for the first time and great for the more-northern players to play in it," she said.
"It was a dream to get it together."
Keagan and Baillie Yasso, Jordan and Jaleel Donald, Isiah, Jai and Lachlan Ghee and Dylan Clark were players from the Gladstone region who teamed up with others from Rockhampton, Brisbane and Sydney in the three-day championships.
The women's team included seven players from Gladstone.
Planning for next year's championships starts now in a competition that is locked in Logan for the next three years.
"We're looking in for lock-away early sponsors and it costs $20k to take away two teams," Donald said.
"Next year will be bigger and better and we had people approach about getting more teams now that the word is out."
She also said players would be encouraged to play for a club.
"There were a lot of players there who don't play for a club and they may now want to get back to playing," she said.