Northern Fury’s high performance junior development program continues to earn plaudits where it counts – on the field – with more elite level selections for young players.
Hot on the heels of Northern Fury’s India Kubin being called into the national training camp for the U16 ‘Junior’ Matildas, two more Fury girls have been selected to take part in the joint Brisbane Roar/Football Queensland National Training Centre.
Summer Walters and Elli Chapple will join another two former Fury players now living in Brisbane, Taylor Roncato and Dominique Spampinato. All the girls impressed state and national selectors at the recent national youth championships for girls.
Ten Northern Fury boys (six in Under 13 and four in Under 14) are included in the Queensland Country teams for Football Federation Australia’s national youth championships for boys to be held in Coffs Harbour in October. A further player from each age group is part of the shadow squad.
Giving further impetus to Northern Fury’s goalkeeper development program introduced this year under the guidance of goalkeeping coach, Ken Mitchell, all of the club’s junior goalkeepers have been selected in a state-level squad. To cap it off, Mason Blizzard has been selected to join Brisbane Roar’s national youth league squad.
A total of 22 Fury players are included in the North Queensland Under 15 schoolboys (9 players) and schoolgirls (13 players) teams for the Queensland state titles.
Another high school student, Charlie Slaney, is in the Queensland Open Schoolboys team. Charlie has also played with Northern Fury's senior Play Station 4 National Premier League team this season.
Even at primary school level, young Fury players are being noticed. Four girls have been selected for the Under 12 Queensland schoolgirls team to take part in the national titles in Perth in August.
The junior development program program at Northern Fury has been put together by Director of Coaching, Ian Ferguson, Technical Director Bill Mitchell and Ken Mitchell.
“We’ve set the platform for increasing the number of young players achieving state selection. At the same time, their skills are improving and their game awareness levels are on the rise.
“We’re really pleased with the way the girls’ teams have gone this year in particular. Some changes such as starting training earlier in the season have paid big dividends and we’ll be looking to replicate that for the boys next season,” Ferguson said.
“Other changes such as combining age groups for the boys have also made a difference. It’s raised the quality of football at training and in games, and has helped them grow in confidence around their decision-making.”
Ferguson said that the club is already well into planning mode for the 2017 season.
Northern Fury has development squads for 9, 10 and 11 year olds, and has teams as part of the Play Station 4 National Premier League Queensland competition from Under 12 through to the senior squad.
See the complete list of representative players from Northern Fury here.
Northern Fury’s commitment to the development of young football players has received a welcome boost with the inclusion of India Kubin in a national Under 16/17 Women’s training camp starting tomorrow.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for India, and encouraging news for what we’re doing to support the development of young players,” said Director of Coaching, Ian Ferguson.
“Being selected for a national team training camp could be the beginning of a pathway for India through the national women’s teams. If India grabs this opportunity, and plays to her potential, it could take her to Asian and eventually world competitions.”
India, who is an Under 15 player with Fury, has been part of the development squads since their establishment three years ago under the guidance of Ferguson, together with Technical Director Bill Mitchell and goalkeeping coach Ken Mitchell.
Australia has three national women’s teams: the all-age Matildas who are taking part in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games next month; the Under 20 team known as the Young Matildas; and the Under 17 team.
The purpose of the national training camp is to identify the squad to play in a qualifying tournament in Vietnam in August for the Asian Football Confederation’s Under 17 women’s championship next year. Twenty-two other teams from the Asian region will take part in the qualifying tournament, with Australia to face Uzbekistan, Hong Kong, Palestine, Iraq and hosts Vietnam.
The 27 other players selected, along with India, for the national training camp have two chances to impress the national coach, Ante Juric. The second camp will be held later in the month ahead of final selections for the August tournament.
“It’s an exciting time and crucial time for India,” Ferguson said.
“Her three years with Northern Fury have helped her get this far and now it’s in her hands to take the next step.
“We're absolutely delighted that Ante Juric has invited her into the national team training camp. She takes with her the best wishes of everyone at Northern Fury for both training camps.”