Bundaberg will be well represented on the Gold Coast this weekend when 10 futsal teams take the court for this year’s Craig Foster Futsal Challenge Cup.
Widely regarded as Queensland’s most prestigious futsal event on the Football Queensland Futsal calendar, the tournament has been running for four years, and this year Bundaberg will take its biggest contingent, with 76 players making the trip south.
Bundaberg Futsal registrar Yvonne Cairney said the number of teams showed how much the club had grown since its inception three years ago.
“This will be the third years we’ve taken teams to the Craig Foster Cup and this is definitely the most teams we’ve had,” she said.
“This is the first time we’ve taken a men’s side and I think they are more excited than the juniors.”
As well as the men’s side, Bundaberg will take under 9s, 10s, 11s, 12s, 13s, and 15s boy’s sides as well as under 12s, 14s and 16s girls sides.
Cairney said she expected all the sides to come up against tough competition, with teams from all over Queensland, northern New South Wales an even the Solomon Islands taking part.
“Last year the competition was really tough so I don’t expect anything different this year,” she said.
“They are all our rep players so it’s a great opportunity to test their skills against quality opposition.”
Of the 76 Bundaberg players, 11 juniors will meet the teams on the Gold Coast after they wrap up play at the Futsal Nationals, which is currently underway in Canberra.
Cairney said each team would play a number of games dependant on how many teams were in their age group, and hopefully all Bundaberg tams would do well enough to make the finals series on Sunday.