REP STARS: Southern Downs Football Academy representative players (front, from left) Charlie McConville, Oly Swift, Finn Campbell, Jakie Fox, Percy Manfield, Riley Butler, Jayden Temple, (second row), Cooper March, Tanner Grant, Hayden Gaske, Denika Murray, Denovan Oloman, Jacob Welling, Jakob Butler, (third) Harry Coleman, Paige Bain, Alix Weatherstone, Caity McMahon, Ethan Oloman, Maddy Goodwin, Ethan McConville, (back) Tim Gaske, Harry McMahon, Declan Clegg, Mark Canton, Pat Dromgold, Tony Oloman. Matt Kairouz, Charbel Kairouz, Ben Lyons, Scott Clegg, Max Lomas, Adam McDonald, Ryan Callow, Lillian Jessen and Ella Briggs are not in photo.
REP STARS: Southern Downs Football Academy representative players (front, from left) Charlie McConville, Oly Swift, Finn Campbell, Jakie Fox, Percy Manfield, Riley Butler, Jayden Temple, (second row), Cooper March, Tanner Grant, Hayden Gaske, Denika Murray, Denovan Oloman, Jacob Welling, Jakob Butler, (third) Harry Coleman, Paige Bain, Alix Weatherstone, Caity McMahon, Ethan Oloman, Maddy Goodwin, Ethan McConville, (back) Tim Gaske, Harry McMahon, Declan Clegg, Mark Canton, Pat Dromgold, Tony Oloman. Matt Kairouz, Charbel Kairouz, Ben Lyons, Scott Clegg, Max Lomas, Adam McDonald, Ryan Callow, Lillian Jessen and Ella Briggs are not in photo. Gerard Walsh

Success for football academy on Southern Downs

FOOTBALL: The Southern Downs Football Academy is proving hard work and commitment to football training is paying off.

Head coach Tim Gaske said as the largest regional Queensland academy, 29 players had made a mix of representative and National Premier League teams.

"We are a supportive academy in providing training for all kids (aged 4-17) of any ability with the opportunity to learn and master skills,” he said.

"The proof is in the pudding with so many of our academy making their way into representative teams.

"Not only the players, five of our coaches have taken up spots in representative teams as coaches and assistant coaches.

"In September this year, we will be taking teams to Hervey Bay for the Joeys Mini World Cup for possible selection for a tour of Germany.”

Gaske said SDFA was all about being a professional training provider.

"We want to develop football skills as well as personal development,” he said.

"It's all about providing a pathway for the kids to whatever level they want to get to.

"Our aim is to hopefully train a future A-League or international star.”

Away from training and football, SDFA members have also been busy volunteering at the recent Killarney Picnic Basket Day and the Polocrosse World Cup.

Gaske said it was great to get out and be a part of these community events.

"We meet so many new people and get our brand seen. After all the successes of late, the SDFA are offering a two-week free trial for ages 4-13,” he said.

"We have many supporters and people in the wider football community who are really taking notice of what we are providing.”

SDFA has teams playing in Toowoomba under-11, under-13 (mostly 12-year-olds), under-15 and under-17 competitions.

The under-17 team is in the top two and the three younger teams are undefeated.

Information from Gaske 0434211441, Paul Butler 0423647890 or Scott Clegg 0425350203.

Representative players

SWQ Thunder - Finn Cambell, Jake Fox, Max Lomas, Hayden Gaske, Tanner Grant, Riley Butler, (former members Jack and Mel Reedy, Boyd McDonald)

Gold Coast United - Charbel Kairouz

FQSW Zone - Hayden Gaske, Riley Butler, Charlie McConville, Tanner Grant, Cooper March, Denovan Oloman, Jacob Welling, Jakob Butler, Declan Clegg, Ethan McConville, Ben Lyons, Denika Murray, Ella Briggs, Maddy Goodwin, (former member Jesse Holley).

School Border Districts - Caity McMahon, Denika Murray, Lillian Jessen, Ryan Callow, Harry Coleman, Glen Jon Cruda, Harry McMahon, Declan Clegg, Ethan Oloman, Pat Dromgold, Paige Bain, Alix Weatherstone.

Southern Downs School team - Adam McDonald, Cooper March, Callum Oloman, Charlie McConville, Riley Butler, Tanner Grant, Hayden Gaske, Olly Swift, Max Lomas, Charbel Kairouz, Percy Manfield.

Granite Belt School team - Jayden Temple

Coaches - Tim Gaske and Mark Canton FQSW under-12, Tony Oloman FQSW under-13, Scott Clegg FQSW under-16, Matt Kairouz is helping across all Gold Coast United Sap teams 



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