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The introduction of the SEQ Futsal Premier League could provide a pipeline of Bundaberg-based talent into Queensland’s two Puma F-League representatives.
Bundaberg Wildcats are one of six clubs participating in the competition’s inaugural season and will host Redlands City in the opening round this Saturday.
Wildcats stalwart Sam Meyer, part of the club’s Mens squad, anticipates more recognition for local players.
“It’s a good step in the right direction because we get to play a higher quality more often,” Meyer said.
“Coming from Bundy, not a lot of people get the opportunity to go further. Hopefully this gets them seen as a player and they can hopefully step into an F-League side.”
With a large junior base and a strong reputation forged over several years at the Queensland State Titles, Bundaberg is expected to be a tough competitor across each of the SEQ Futsal Premier League’s age groups.
Meyer tipped the home-and-away format to favour his side’s push for a place in the end-of-season finals weekend.
“It’s a bit of a change not to have to drive every weekend so hopefully that will help everyone out a bit and we play a bit better than we normally do,” he said.
“It used to be travelling every weekend so now we get some home games. That’ll be nice for everyone.
“If we can get into the top four, the top half we would be pretty happy.”
ROUND 1 | SEQ FUTSAL PREMIER LEAGUE
Bundaberg Wildcats v Redlands City
Kirk-Wood Sports Centre, Dr Mays Rd, Bundaberg
Saturday, 8 October
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