It will be a nervous wait for soccer kids
SOCCER: Six of Gladstone's most promising players have been short-listed to make the Queensland Country state team.
But they will be having an anxious few days with a top-16 state squad to be announced sometime next week that will play in the National under-15 and U13 Youth Championships in Coffs Harbour in October.
Baden Larken, Fateh Brar and Tyler Wise are part of the extended U14 squad while Logan Costello, Ky Geddy and Shalom Mangweza are part of the U13 contingent.
They have recently played in the Intercity Cup Challenge State Championships in Mackay.
While the CQ Mariners U14 and U13 teams did not have any success on the scoreboard, the main focus was to get as many local players into the squad.
The players then went through a rigorous three-day training camp.
It's the best-performed youngsters who will make the cut.
"I got a few different aspects out of it and the camp just reinforced what I already know,” goalkeeper Baden said.
He is a product of the Clinton Football Club for whom he had played for four years ago.
Midfielder Fateh, who first played for the Meteors Soccer Club, joined the CQ Mariners two years ago.
"It's half-half to make the top 16 I think, but at the camp I got to know the most important things about soccer,” Fateh said.
CQ Mariners U14 team manager Craig Wise said just to make the squad was a huge accomplishment and anything beyond what might eventuate was a bonus.
"It's a huge compliment for all of the coaches, the Queensland Country training squad was from 120 boys,” Wise said.
He said the training camp was conducted by Queensland's U14 and U13 head and assistant coaches.
"It was specific skills in order to embed this type of football into matchplay and there was also match simulation,” Wise said of the training camp.
U14: Baden Larken - GK; Fateh Brar - mid; Tyler Wise - left-wing
U13: Logan Costello - mid; Ky Geddy - defender; Shalom Mangweza - back-mid