Gympie girls score spot on Wide Bay soccer team
TWO Gympie girls, Alex Lobegeier and Storm Reed, have been selected for the 2015 Wide Bay Open School Girls Soccer team.
The girls played four solid games at Hervey Bay for the Wide Bay School Sport Trials against teams such as Bundaberg and Maryborough to make the final 12 spots in the team.
Gympie coach and Gympie Lions president Mark Jabore was proud of their achievement and said the girls did well to be selected at such a competitive level.
The pair will play in the Queensland State Secondary School Open Girls Football Championships against players from across the state, at Kunda Park, Maroochydore from May 21-24.
"It's a fair jump in ability and makes it difficult, playing harder teams," Jabore said.
Jabore has been coaching the Wide Bay open girls team for the past nine years.
His goal is to help all players develop at least one aspect of their game to lift their standard of football and take it back to their local clubs.
He said players will have two training sessions before they compete, to focus on getting the girls comfortable playing as a team.
Both girls will be eligible for selection in a Queensland team that will progress to a national level.
At this stage Reed is looking to be playing up front while the agile Lobegeier will play across the park.
Both players have been involved in soccer since starting in under-6s at their local Gympie clubs.
It will be Lobegeier's fifth year in a Wide Bay team while an excited Reed will be competing at this level for the first time.
Year 11 Gympie State High School student Lobegeier said she had previously played for Gympie Diggers but in recent years has played representative football only.
She began playing when female soccer was thriving in Gympie but in recent years, had been forced to move as numbers thinned.
Reed, who is 16, played in a local football competition for Columbia, having taken up the sport after being influenced by other family members already playing.