Around 150 young male and female footballers showcased the talent emerging through the Central Queensland (CQ) and Mackay development pathways at the Regional Talent Support Program (TSP) Carnival in Rockhampton on Sunday.
Frenchville Sports Club provided the backdrop as CQ and Mackay’s brightest 13 to 16-year-olds demonstrated the development made within their respective training environments.
Football Queensland (FQ) State Technical Director Gabor Ganczer attended the landmark event and was impressed with the quality on display.
“The TSP fixtures at Frenchville Sports Club involved excellent teams from Magpies Crusaders FC and Central Queensland and also set some milestones in regional football,” Ganczer said.
“First of all, a representative junior football event returned to Central Queensland after almost a decade.
“The weekend also marked the first time that a regional Central Queensland girls squad selected from local club players performed in front of a home crowd.”
Football Queensland Central Operations Manager Kerry Gray said there was plenty to be pleased about after welcoming high-quality representative football back to the region.
“The day ran smoothly and it was fantastic to see the development of the players and competitive nature of the games,” Gray said.
“Players and spectators were respectful of the COVID-19 regulations with many of them appreciating a regional event where they were not having to travel to larger metropolitan areas.
“I want to give warm thanks to Frenchville Sports Club for hosting the TSP Carnival and Doblo’s Farmers Market for donating fruit for the weekend.
“I would also like to thank David Perna, Rockhampton Junior Referee Development Officer, for coordinating the referees for each match and State Technical Director Gabor Ganczer for his support of the TSP program in Central Queensland.”
The Rockhampton event took place at the same time as a separate TSP Carnival for North Queensland and Far North Queensland teams in Cairns.
The next TSP events will involve regional and metro teams and are scheduled to take place in Brisbane during the September school holidays.
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