GREAT SPIRIT: The CQ team is looking forward to a challenge in Brisbane in two weekend's time.
GREAT SPIRIT: The CQ team is looking forward to a challenge in Brisbane in two weekend's time. Contributed GLA241018CQSPIRIT

History to be made and in great soccer spirit for CQ region

SOCCER: Eight talented male Gladstone players will represent Central Queensland Spirit at the Australian Indigenous Football Championships.

Keagan and Baillie Yasso, Jordan and Jaleel Donald, Isiah, Jai and Lachlan Ghee and Dylan Clark will join eight other players from Rockhampton, Brisbane and Sydney in the three-day championships from November 8-10. CQ Spirit team organiser Kym Donald said planning began earlier in the year and it also includes a women's team which includes seven from the port city.

"This is the first year that CQ Spirit has been formed and we started getting the men's and ladies team together in early January," she said.

"Being our first year, we had just advertised for players on Facebook and approached indigenous players from the CQ region to fill both teams."

With an abundance of talent in the CQ region, Donald and Rockhampton-based Roy Bob, wanted to expose indigenous talent on a national scale. "We wanted to start our own men's and women's CQ teams and give our indigenous players the opportunity to represent the CQ region and provide an opportunity for our players to showcase their skills at the national event," Donald said.

Donald said the concept will gain more traction next year.

"Although selection trials weren't necessary this year, we're certain that media coverage from this years event will cause a flurry of interest in 2019 and players will have to trial for a position in the team," she said. The draw of the championships will be shown live on the AIFC Facebook site.



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