Annika Coyne has been selected as the only regional player of a 16-member national squad for an invitational tour of England this month.
Annika Coyne has been selected as the only regional player of a 16-member national squad for an invitational tour of England this month. Craig Abbott

Miners young gun UK bound

THE season is over for the Gympie women’s Miners following a controversial loss to Maroochydore last Friday night but a big month lies ahead for talented player Annika Coyne.

Coyne has been selected as the only regional player of a 16-member national squad for an invitational tour of England this month.

The squad flies out for England on September 15.

Joining the Gympie player on the trip of a lifetime is soccer coach Jeff Manthey.

Manthey became involved in the tour when head coach George Cowlie approached him for his assistance.

Manthey said he was thrilled to become involved.

“George is a former player for Scotland and once coached the Solomon Islands national team,” he said.

“He wanted to know if there were any players from this region and I thought Annika was an ideal candidate.”

Now coaching the Buderim A Grade side in the Sunshine Coast Competition, Cowlie is turning his attention to developing young Australian women in the sport.

Flying out to England, the invitational squad will have a stopover in Brunei for a practice match before continuing on its journey.

In England, the squad will play a series of games, take part in coaching clinics and immerse themselves in the football culture.

“It’s a massive opportunity for Annika and I think her game will really benefit from it,” Manthey said.

Coyne may have missed a shot at grand final glory with the Gympie women’s Miners this season but a trip to England is a new opportunity certain to take her game to a new level.

Gympie Times


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