FOOTBALL: If there is a football god, he or she is surely smiling on the Sunshine Coast right now.
A whopping 10 players from the region have been selected in a 16-man Queensland Christian Soccer Association under-18s side which will head to Sydney this weekend for the national titles.
The players were picked after a state-wide tournament at which they represented the Sunshine Coast and they will now play eight 70-minute games in just three days against teams from across the country and New Zealand.
Thomas Mewes, an education student at the University of the Sunshine Coast, will feature in the side.
Mewes, 18, said despite being a Christian competition, there were some fierce rivalries between states.
"We've got a bit of a rivalry with Victoria ... it's a bit of a blood match,” he said. The rivalry will be put to the test on day one when the Queensland Boys play their first game against Victoria at 11.15am.
"It is played in good spirit but we don't go easy on each other,” Mewes said.
"Just because it's a Christian league doesn't mean we go softer or are more laid back than other leagues.”
Queensland will have seven teams represented at the titles from under-14s through to open men and women.
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