These soccer women will be thrilled to display class
SOCCER: Two teams will showcase the best talent in Gladstone when Central Queensland Spirit and Central go head-to-head in tomorrow's game at Marley Brown Oval at 1pm.
It's also the curtain-raiser to the 3pm Gladstone Team Select and Brisbane Roar match.
But for these women, their game will be a highlight itself.
CQ Spirit organiser Kym Donald said the team will use the match as preparation for the Australian Indigenous Football Championship at Caboolture in November.
"The girls are really excited about the game but are feeling quite nervous about playing in front of a generous crowd at Marley Brown Oval," Donald said.
The CQ Spirit side will be represented by several clubs from the region and the team has a strong family connection.
The sisters are Kyeema and Breanna Beazley and also Alana and Jacynta Sailor.
The mother and daughter combination are Naomi Taylor and Sciara Mckenzie
"Our team is made up of players from five different clubs in the CQ region and they are Central, Meteors, Boyne Tannum Sharks, Gladstone United and Rockhampton club Cap Coast," Donald said.
"We have two sets of sisters playing, a mother and daughter combination and cousins who have all joined together to proudly represent their indigenous heritage and showcase their football talent."
Donald hoped the match would be one of many moving forward.
"Our aim right now is to promote CQ Spirit within the Central Queensland region and to find games against other teams in the area," she said.
"It's difficult to pull a team together with players from different clubs all over the region so game time will be the key to success as we prepare for the Australian Championships."
The team missed out to play in a recent competition in Mackay, but tomorrow's game would offer perfect practice for the Spirit and Central.
"CQ Spirit offers a pathway and opportunity for indigenous men and women aged 15 and over to showcase their football talent at a higher level," Donald said.
Melissa Ghee; Janara Donald; Grace Moore; Jacynta Sailor; Jazmin Donald (C); Danika Renz; Vanna Stanley; Alana Sailor; Kyeema Beezley; Marni Broomham; Sciara McKenzie; Jossie Law; Naomi Taylor; Ebony Yasso; Breanna Beezley