Chinchilla coach heads to Mackay
Soccer: When Chinchilla soccer player and Honeybears coach Tim Taylor was offered the chance to coach at a representative level, it was an offer he couldn't refuse.
Taylor spent the week of July 8-14 in Mackay for the Football Queensland Community Cup, as the head coach of the under 15 girls South West Queensland team.
It was the inaugural event, which saw teams from across the state go head to head.
Taylor explained the Cup was created to offer and elite event for players involved at club level.
"They have the national Premier League which is the elite level that everyone strives to get to but the club players had nothing during the year as far as a representative competition goes, so this was the first year and hopefully it's going to be an ongoing thing, it's good fun.
When Football Federation South West initially sent out invitations for interested coaches, Taylor jumped on the chance.
"It's something that I've been looking to get into for a long, long time so sent it back straight away,” he said.
The final team comprised players from Stanthorpe, Warwick, Gatton, Toowoomba, South Burnett, Dalby, and Chinchilla.
While the players didn't have as much preparation as they'd hoped, Taylor said their game continued to improve throughout the week-long competition.
"On the last day in the 5th-6th playoff we lost 3-2 to a team that had beat us 5-nil already that week, so we definitely improved as the week went on.”
Taylor said overall it was fantastic to have been involved.
"It's amazing, to be involved at a representative level is something that I've wanted to do for a long time and fingers crossed the feedback I've got from parents and the federation has been good so hopefully I'm invited back again next year,” he said.
"It'd be nice to continue to work with the girls and keep the team together so we can head up to Mackay next year and have a real crack at them.”