Gympie players Sam Klein (ball) and Darryl Barton. Queensland School Sport 10-12 years State Championships, Roma. Photo Contributed
Gympie players Sam Klein (ball) and Darryl Barton. Queensland School Sport 10-12 years State Championships, Roma. Photo Contributed Contributed

Klein named in Qld team

FOOTBALL: One young Gympie footballer returned from the U12 Queensland state football titles this week with more than a few more goals under his belt.

Creative mid-fielder Sam Klein, 11, was one of 15 boys chosen across the state to represent Queensland at the Australian Pacific School Games in Adelaide later this year.

The Gympie player, who represented Wide Bay alongside Gympie boys Darryl 'Buddha' Barton, Myles Drescher and Joshua Horvath, was "shocked" when his selection was announced at the end of the carnival.

Klein and his Wide Bay team members played against 11 teams from across Queensland at the four day carnival at the South Pine Sporting Complex in Brisbane.

After failing to make the pool of top six teams in the competition, the Wide Bay side went on to secure seventh place.

"It was a tough competition with all teams finishing very closely," Klein said.

The young player, who idolises the footwork of ex -Liverpool football player Steven Gerrard, scored four goals at the tournament and set up a number of others.

While the St Patrick's Primary School student has kicked a football since he could walk, his first official run on a field was with Bradwell Bombers, an English junior team he played with when his family lived in England when he was six.

"Lots of people played soccer on the streets in England- it was really fun," the youngster said, which helped cement his love for the game coupled with the example of father Gympie Diggers Division 1 player/coach, Joachim Klein.

In Australia, the youngster played for Gympie Diggers and this season plays for Columbia Soccer Club in Gympie's Youth 2 (U13-14) and Youth 3 (U11-U12) side.

Klein's Youth 2 coach Billy Bayldon, who was the last Gympie player to make the U12 Queensland football team, said he was not surprised the 11 year-old had made the team.

"He is a good little soccer player. He is good at running and keeping the ball, they are his main strengths," he said.

Klein will travel to Adelaide on November 21-28.

Gympie Times


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