Northern Fury’s India Kubin is the first player from the club to be named in a national team.
India has been named as part of the ‘Mini Matildas’ (Under 16) national team to play in the Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) Under 16 championship in Vietnam later this month.
India, who played her early football with Ross River Junior Football Club, has been with Northern Fury’s elite development program since its inception in 2013.
“We’re all so delighted for India who has worked hard to achieve this goal,” said Northern Fury’s Chairman, Rabieh Krayem.
“We’ve had great success with our junior players this year making a variety of regional and state teams. Making an official national team is a wonderful reward for India and one that the entire Northern Fury community shares.”
Mr Krayem said as well as the individual effort of India, her junior club and her parents, he credits the role of Director of Coaching Ian Ferguson, Technical Director Bill Mitchell and Goalkeeping Coach Ken Mitchell, for the outstanding performances of young Fury players.
“We’re four years into a long-term program of developing young players and helping them to play to their full potential, and it’s having an impact.
“The growth in football in Australia has largely been due to the number of girls and women playing. This, together with India's selection, gives further impetus to our wish to be part of the women’s NPL competition next year.
“In the meantime, I hope that India’s selection inspires more young girls to play football, and also to show young people in North Queensland the opportunities available to them,” Mr Krayem said.
The ‘Mini Matildas’ meet Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Palestine and Iraq in their group games in the AFC Under 16 championship. Australia’s opening match is against Palestine on 25th August.