Brisbane Roar supporter Joshua Henwood and mate Darryl Manton will get up close and personal with the Roar during their pre-season trial match against the Sunshine Coast Fire in Gympie this evening. The pair will sit on the Roar bench during the game and enjoy dinner with the team afterwards.
Brisbane Roar supporter Joshua Henwood and mate Darryl Manton will get up close and personal with the Roar during their pre-season trial match against the Sunshine Coast Fire in Gympie this evening. The pair will sit on the Roar bench during the game and enjoy dinner with the team afterwards. Renee Pilcher

Henwood in for a roaring time

GYMPIE’S Joshua Henwood is the envy of football fans everywhere ahead of the Brisbane Roar’s pre-season trial match against the Sunshine Coast Fire in Gympie this evening.

Henwood entered The Gympie Times’  Brisbane Roar competition and despite the mountain of entries received, was lucky to win.

Winning the competition means Henwood sits on the bench with Roar players during the trial match at the One Mile Ovals, giving him a unique experience of the game.

In addition to warming the bench with some of the big names in National Hyundai A-League, Henwood will also attend dinner with the team afterwards.

Best of all, he gets to share the experience with mate Darryl Manton.

Henwood said he was shocked when learning he had won the competition.

“I was very surprised and excited when I discovered I had won,” he said.

“I only had put in three of four entries, so I was very lucky.”

Henwood is a self-confessed football fanatic and a big fan of the Brisbane Roar, attending their home games in Brisbane whenever he gets the opportunity.

He also plays the game and may find himself able to learn a few secrets when sitting on the bench with the Roar players.

The competition winner said he wasn’t feeling nervous yesterday ahead of rubbing shoulders with the team.

“I don’t feel nervous at the moment but I think it will hit me once I start meeting the players,” he said.

The Brisbane Roar and Sunshine Coast Fire friendly is part of the Roar’s Roadshow Tour, bringing the team’s pre-season preparations to regional areas of Queensland.

To date, the Roar has a robust record in its pre-season matches – six games, five clean sheets and 19 goals scored.

Although a friendly hit out, the Roar will be out to win and will play hard.

Gympie fans couldn’t ask for a better display of national standard football in their own backyard.

Admission is free and after an autograph session at 5.10pm, the match kicks off at 7.15pm.

Gympie Times


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