LOCAL CHAMPION: Soccer player Justeen Kruger will play for South West Queensland Thunder in Toowoomba next season.
LOCAL CHAMPION: Soccer player Justeen Kruger will play for South West Queensland Thunder in Toowoomba next season. Jessica Schremmer

Chinchilla soccer player ready for NPL team

Soccer: Chinchilla Honey Bears' Justeen Kruger will play in the Women's National Premier League next season.

Kruger was selected to be part of the South West Queensland Thunder team in Toowoomba after three successful seasons in Chinchilla.

Honey Bears ladies' senior coach Tim Taylor said Kruger was an integral part of the ladies' senior team, reaching the premier league finals for the last two seasons.

"I trained her for three years, the first year I was her coach she played goal keeper ... we got to the premier league final series on the back of some good performances from her,” Taylor said.

"Last year we needed her in the back and, yeah, she was fantastic there as well.

"It is just her competitive nature, she doesn't know how to lose, she doesn't like losing and it is infectious on everyone else in the team - when they see her putting her body on the line and throwing herself into challenges then it makes the rest of the team feel like they need to step up and do the same.

"It is a massive honour (to be selected for SWQT). It is basically the step below playing professional football, so it's a massive opportunity.”

Kruger said she was excited to be selected.

"I kind of proved to myself that I still got it, I think that is pretty exciting,” Kruger said.

"You never expect it. I was pretty shy going to training and everything, I haven't been at that kind of level at least I suppose for the last six or seven years.

"Training will be three times a week in Toowoomba.

"It is at a whole different level. I am trying to condition myself now to be ready for the season.”

Kruger said she started playing soccer when she was 12 years old and it was the sport she loved.

"It is just that that's my sport, I accept what I love,” she said.

"And yeah, I am good at it.”

Kruger played soccer in Sydney, Hervey Bay and the Sunshine Coast before joining the Honey Bears three years ago and will start the new season with the South West Queensland Thunder team in February.


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