Star set to join state youth side
SOCCER: Scarness soccer player Justin Turner’s dreams of playing the sport at the highest level are coming true a little earlier than expected.
Turner boards at The Cathedral College in Rockhampton and was a member of the Rockhampton under-15 grand final winning side last year.
He was also a member of the Central Queensland Regional team and won the under-18 grand final with that side.
After an exciting 2009, during which he toured the United Kingdom with Football Queensland, Turner expected to play in the Rockhampton District competition in third and second division, backing up occasionally for first division.
The day he travelled back to school, however, he was contacted by the coach of the Rockhampton State League Youth team, which is an under-19 side, to ask if he would play with the team.
The Youth Team competes in the Rockhampton District A-grade competition.
“Initially I thought I’d pass up the opportunity as I felt a bit young, and I thought I’d have the opportunity to play more than once a week if I played for my club’s teams.
“But the CQFA invited us to a meeting on Sunday to explain more about our future chances if I played in the State League team set-up,” Turner, who is currently recovering from a hip injury, said.
As well as playing in the A-grade competition, the Youth Team will also travel away at least three times with the State League team to play against other state under-19 teams.
“It’s great to start feeling like a professional with kit and travel being provided after years of practice, including during the holidays skills-training with Dad on the high school oval or on the Seafront Oval.”