A number of Bundaberg locals have been named in the 20-man Wide Bay Select squad to take on the Brisbane Roar in an exhibition match at the weekend.
The Brisbane Roar have this week spent time on the Fraser Coast for a training camp, with the exhibition game featured in their pre-season schedule.
Thirteen local players have been selected to take on the Roar, with the side to be captained by Bingera FC midfielder Joel Haack.
Other Bingera players selected include Gary O’Donnell who is currently second on the Golden Boot race with 44 goals in 20 games.
Runaway league leaders Across the Waves are well represented with defender Dylan Leggett joining midfielders Sam Meyer, Simon Quick and striker Bryce Hibberd in the squad.
Wide Bay Select Head Coach Roger Hunter said the players were looking forward to representing the region against the state’s premier team.
“The preparation has been good, we’ve had two training sessions and the players are very excited,” Roger said.
“They realise that these opportunities don’t come up too often so they’re looking forward to putting their skills to the test.
“What we’ve tried to do this year with the squad is select a player from every club in the Wide Bay Premier League.
“Our captain is Joel Haack, he’s a six-foot-seven midfield powerhouse, and at the back we’ve got a very classy centre-back in Dylan Leggett.”
Across the Waves President Paul Murphy said the club was proud to be so well represented in the squad in what was a great opportunity for local players.
“Our club is very proud to have such a great representation in the Wide Bay Select Squad, it’s a combination of hard work from both players and our coaching staff,” Paul said.
“Players were selected by our head coach not just on their skill level but also for their commitment and dedication to our club.
“It's a fantastic opportunity for local players to test themselves against paid professionals that have made it to the top league in Australia, the A-league.”
The game kicks off at 5pm on Saturday at the Fraser Coast Sports and Recreation Precinct with free entry.
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