Representing a reputed futsal region, Sunshine Coast Wave could become one of the SEQ Futsal Premier League’s prime production lines of new talent.
The club will field teams across each junior, youth and senior age group in a clear opportunity for Sunshine Coast players to move towards the Puma F-League.
Women’s player Keira Burgess is eager to see her teammates take their chance.
“Hopefully it gives the Sunshine Coast girls some exposure to get recognised for some of the F-League teams in Queensland,” Burgess said.
“Futsal is still trying to make its mark on the Sunshine Coast so hopefully it brings in some more players and it gets that little bit more popular.”
While the development of the next generation is at the top of the agenda, so too is maintaining the region’s reputation as a futsal force.
Jeremy Stewart, one of several stars in a Men’s squad which features four Puma F-League players, is confident of delivering on Wave’s billing as one of the teams to beat.
“It’s really exciting. We come together a couple of times a year to play in tournaments and we do quite well on the Sunny Coast,” he said.
“We’ve got a good pool of players to draw from and I feel we’ll do quite well again in this competition.”
With Saturday’s opening-round hosting of Peninsula Futsal now just days away, Burgess says the Women’s team is focussing only on the short-term.
“I think our team’s aim is just to be more knowledgeable in futsal,” she said.
“It’s a much quicker game – it’s played at such a fast pace and you’re constantly getting touches on the ball.
“A lot of the girls are quite new to the higher level and hopefully that improves their skills.”