Moreton Bay United will have a record number of players in Queensland Metro Boys teams at the National Youth Championships (NYC) in Coffs Harbour from September 30 to October 4. Jets' technical director Matt Poole gives us an insight into the selections and each player.
State Under 13 Metro squad:
Dunia Kambona (centre back)
Declan Parkinson (midfield)
Oliver Williams (goalkeeper)
State Under 14 Metro squad:
Liam Byrne (winger)
Riley Moore (striker)
“From a club point of view, this is the highest number of state representatives that we have had. It is testament to the work that the coaches have done with all players through the season," said Matt.
“I’m really happy that these five boys have been able to gain State Team selection.
"The trial process was long and rigorous, which meant that the players had to deal with the mental and physical repercussions of juggling this with their normal NPL training, and of course their schoolwork.”
"Knowing the individual journeys that each of these players have gone on to get to this point really adds to their achievements.
“This time last year I was watching Dunia and Declan play for the Sunshine Coast Under 12 Schoolboys. Just for them to come to Moreton Bay United was massive. For both of them to now be State representatives is fantastic.
“After narrowly missing out on selection for the Roar Academy for this season, I am really pleased that Olly has been able to gain state team selection.
"He has a great attitude and it's great to see him rewarded for his performances.
“This is Riley’s second state team selection in a row, which is a great achievement in itself. Riley has a large drive to improve his game, and it’s great to see him rewarded for his efforts.
“I’m sure Liam will admit that this time last year he was at a bit of a crossroads with his football. It’s unbelievable to think that just a year later he is a state team player!
"His performances for the Under 14s this year have been fantastic and his selection is thoroughly deserved.
“I would also like to congratulate Jamie Waddington (Under 13), Bailey Brandtman (Under 14), and Kent Vega (Under 14) on their selections as shadow players for the respective state teams."