ON THE BALL: The Wide Bay Buccaneers will field six teams at next week's Joeys Mini World Cup.
ON THE BALL: The Wide Bay Buccaneers will field six teams at next week's Joeys Mini World Cup. Matthew McInerney

Buccaneers ready for new opportunity at the Cup

BUCCS: Wide Bay may have finished its first Football Queensland Premier League season but the opportunities for high-quality football have not stopped coming.

As many as six team from the Buccaneers will take to the Tavistock St fields in the jerseys of countries from across the world, including Croatia, Argentina and Australia.

The majority of players are from the Fraser Coast, Bundaberg and Gympie, and are involved in Skills Acquisition Program (SAP) teams.

For the Buccaneers, the Joeys Mini World Cup is another opportunity to give the club's players more playing time against new and high quality opposition from across Queensland and interstate.

The youngest Buccaneers have competed at SAP carnivals in Brisbane, the majority of the club's juniors will play at the Mini World Cup, and preseason games against NPL opposition may also be on the cards.

For the under-15 Buccaneers, the only Wide Bay team to have finished in the top four of its Football Queensland Premier League division, they will compete in the U15s and have a chance to be one of the few teams to beat the much-vaunted team from Frankfurt/Oder in Germany.

It is not all about results for the Buccaneers, as the club approaches the week to celebrate its inaugural year in the FQPL.

While the club will also get to look at some of the combinations it can look forward to for next year's season, the players are on a mission to simply enjoy playing football.

For older juniors, it shapes as another chance to stay match-fit ahead of trial games against Brisbane Roar in November.



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