Premier opportunity for young footballers
FOOTBALL: THREE Football Stanthorpe representative players have made the top 23 for the South West Queensland Thunder side which will compete in the 2015 National Premier League competition.
Asbjorn Gaskell, Nathan Oudman and Josh Gower all made the squad after successfully completing three intense trial sessions in Toowoomba.
Both Asbjorn and Nathan qualified for the under-15s, while Josh will compete in the U16 competition.
Early next year the boys will find out whether they are in the starting 11, or one of the five subs or seven shadow players.
This year was the second time Asbjorn, who is just about to complete Year 9 at St Joseph's, had trialled for the team.
He missed out last year and was stoked when he learned he had made the squad this time around.
The Inter FC player started playing football when he was just five years old.
"I want to play in the NPL for the experience and to play in a more competitive competition," Asbjorn said.
"I was looking to do something a bit broader with my football.
"It is also a chance to play against different people and a pathway to Darling Downs."
Stanthorpe State High School Year 9 student Nathan, who played for Stanthorpe United this season, is hoping the experience will help him improve his football skills and fitness levels.
This year was the first time Nathan had trialled for the team.
"I decided I wanted to try out to further my football career," he said.
"I also think it will be a great experience and I'm looking forward to the chance to play against people from different places."
Nathan, who is hoping to be selected as left defender, said he was "pretty happy" when he found out he had made the squad.
"I was actually away at camp when the emails were sent out so I didn't find out until a week after," he said.
This year was also the first time Tenterfield player Josh Gower had trialled for the team.
"I was not expecting to get in at all so I was pretty excited when I found out I'd been selected," he said.
"I trialled because I wanted to go to a bigger league."
Josh has been playing football for five years now.
"My favourite part of the sport is being part of a team," he said.