Stanthorpe boys taking on the rest of the world
FOOTBALL: Stanthorpe's Joeys Mini World Cup representatives are in the midst of a busy week as they continue their adventure at the competition.
The young rep outfit took the field for their opening two clashes in Hervey Bay this afternoon (no outcomes known before print deadline), pitted against Spain and Argentina.
Each side is allocated a country, with Stanthorpe flying under the flag of Uruguay for the week-long competition.
The side has a strong coaching contingent joining them, with able assistance being provided by Brian Westerhout, Parry Clark, Tony Webb, Shaun Kelly and Barry Jones.
Speaking to Westerhout ahead of their opening tie, he said the boys arrived yesterday and were buzzing to hit the pitch.
"We went up to the fields, checked them out, got the balls out and got used to the grass - because there's actually grass on the fields,” he joked.
"It was so soft and green as. The fields are beautiful.
"The boys are very excited. Pretty keen. It has been a long road to get to where we are here.”
The side has been training weekly for the past few months and enjoyed a last hit-out on Thursday night in a friendly game against Stanthorpe United's men's team.
"We've been training for months and months and now we're here we can't wait to start,” Westerhout said.
"A lot of these guys have been together basically since under-8s in the rep team. But the new ones who have come in have certainly bonded with the other guys.
"They're getting on really well.”
Games are played each day from Monday to Wednesday, with a break on Thursday and finals on Friday evening.
"We watched the German team boys play last night, the actual team that has come over from Germany, and they were pretty slick,” Westerhout said.
"Anybody that beats them is going to have to play pretty well.
"I think we'll be happy to sort of get middle of the road I think.”
They continue their competition with games against Croatia and Portugal tomorrow.