Coach: Greg Coombes
Manager: Brad Drummond
Players: Ryan Jones (C), Zach Gillies (VC),
Harley Brown, Luka Marinov, Zac Vaughan, Trent Hoare, Aiden Elton,
Adam Shepherd, Jake Kratzmann, Aydan Dwyer
Nearly a year in the Planning.....The Queensland Under 17 Boys will head to Malaysia next month to take part in the Darul Eshan Futsal Cup.
Queensland Youth Program coordinator Kieran Cooper has selected a squad of 10 players to represent the State and is quite excited about the teams prospects.
Cooper Said" "This is a very strong squad of players. They have trained hard and have responded very well to all our instructions. It would not be out of the question for these boys to go far in the tournament. In saying that, and while we all like winning. I am more than happy to see the boys develop as players and young men. This is more important to me then winning trophies.
Cooper also appointed long serving coach Greg Coombes to lead the boys in Malaysia.
"I appointed Greg because I have seen first hand since my time with AFA the way he coaches the boys. I know the boys have the upmost respect for him"
Coombes coached the Under 16 State teams to victory at the National Club Championships in Sydney last January. Some of these players are in the squad for Malaysia. Two of the players have already been identified to be added to the Atletico Brisbane men's team training squad.
Cooper Said " The tournament in Salangor, Malaysia will be a fantastic experience for these boys. We are going to a country with a completely different culture. The Boys will play against sides from Malaysia, Borneo, Pakistan, India who may very well have a different style.It will also be a great way for our boys to interact and meet new friends".
The Boys will depart Australia on Monday 10th July. The Tournament itself will take place from 12th to 16th July.
Coopers Youth program is open to all players (16 - 20) who participated in Regional Championships. He has already taken 2 Squads to Borneo last year for the Borneo Under 19 Cup. In November this year he will take 2 Squads to China for an Under 21 Tournament. The Youth program will identify players for the National Club Championships in Sydney and also International Tournaments. It is Coopers hope that the word will spread throughout Australia and more States will jump on Board.