UK tour great for young player
HE SCORED a goal but unfortunately it wasn’t enough to get Queensland over the line against Scotland.
Scarness soccer player Justin Turner has been touring the UK with Football Queensland and the team took on Scotland’s under 15s side at Scotland’s national football stadium at Hamden Park in Glasgow last week.
Queensland lost 2-3 but Turner was definitely a standout, not just scoring a goal but also being credited with an assist.
Turner has had the chance to play at several different grounds during his time there and has experienced a variety of surfaces.
“Most of the clubs and schools had Astro-turf – soccer fields which give a flat, consistent surface with no bumps.
“The worst day I had was playing on an outdoor artificial grass surface, the same as some tennis courts here, early one morning in Liverpool, as the surface was iced over and we could not get a good grip wearing our normal boots.”
Turner switched to the boots he uses to play indoor soccer, or futsal, which have a lot more grip.
“The biggest difference in play from us to the British boys, even in the school teams, is that they don’t do any tricks but they have perfect first touches and perfect passes. They control the ball straight away on first touch,” Turner said.
The cold weather in the UK has also had an impact on the team.
“Once you start running it’s alright but mentally you have to prepare to train when it’s really cold.”
The team also enjoyed a visit from Socceroos goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer during the tour.