The 2019 Football Queensland (FQ) Community Cup came to an end today after seven days of competition at Endeavour Park in Cairns.
The state-wide junior football tournament gave players the opportunity to represent their local regions, with 55 teams competing from all regions across the state.
Football Gold Coast coach Damien Longeran said the event provided a valuable opportunity for players from all parts of Queensland.
“The Community Cup for us is a pathway; it’s a fantastic opportunity for all kids to actually come and experience football from all the different regions as a collective.”
Teams from Far North Queensland had particularly strong performances on the final day of competition, crowned Champions in three of the seven Grand Finals, including both girls’ age groups.
The FQ Community Cup also provided development opportunities for young referees, with match officials from across the state officiating in the week-long tournament.
Referees in attendance at the 2019 FQ Community Cup received specialised coaching throughout the week from a number of coaches including Hyundai A-League referee Alex King.
32 referees from across the state participated in this year’s tournament, with Far North Queensland strongly represented, providing seven match officials for the Cairns event.
Football Queensland Chief Executive Officer Richard Griffiths said during the week that the FQ Community Cup provided an important opportunity to unify the game in Queensland, both on the field and off.
“Throughout the week we’ve got all the zone presidents, important coaches, technical staff, board members and administrators here,” Griffiths said.
“We’re meeting and talking about the challenges and the opportunities and the issues facing the sport as we move forward.
“The opportunity is in front of us and we need to work together and collectively to help grow and develop the game.”
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Griffiths also thanked the Far North Queensland Football community for hosting this year’s tournament.
“We’d like to thank Cairns Regional Council and FNQ Football for their support of this event at Endeavour Park and offer our sincere thanks to the volunteers for their support during the tournament,” Griffiths said.
“To all players, coaches and match officials from each region across Queensland, I hope you enjoyed your time in Cairns and take home many fond memories.”
Congratulations to the following Grand Final winners who became champions of their age group:
U12 Boys – North Queensland Football
U13 Boys – North Queensland Football
U13/14 Girls – Far North Queensland Football
U14 Boys – Far North Queensland Football
U15 Boys – Sunshine Coast Football
U15/16 Girls – Far North Queensland
U16 Boys – Sunshine Coast Football