Matthew Bell, David Pollard, Terry Kennedy (coach), Jeremy Thorpe and David Barber (captain) are in Adelaide for football’s National Paralympics seven-a-side.
Matthew Bell, David Pollard, Terry Kennedy (coach), Jeremy Thorpe and David Barber (captain) are in Adelaide for football’s National Paralympics seven-a-side. Allan Reinikka

Barber looking for repeat of 2009

DAVID Barber's Queensland team mates hope he has the golden touch.

One of the world's top players, Barber, returns to captain the Queensland side today at the 2011 National Paralympics Seven-a-side Football Championships in Adelaide after missing last year's championships.

Queensland kicks off their campaign today against last year's winner New South Wales, with the team hoping a win today would put them in contention for a berth in the final on Friday afternoon.

After winning in 2009, New South Wales defeated Queensland 2-0, without Barber, in the final of the 2010 championships.

The Australian captain, who has sights set on a swansong from international football at the 2012 London Paralympics, teams up with Frenchville Sports Club sports manager Terry Kennedy to lead a Queensland side which includes three other Rockhampton footballers.

Former Australian 2000 Sydney Paralympics team mate of Barber's, Jeremy Thorpe, and David Pollard and Matthew Bell join Barber and Kennedy in their pursuit of the title.

While admitting it'd be nice to win the championships, Pollard, who will combine managing the side with playing, said the team's goal was to have a good time in the process.

“We want to go away and enjoy being involved in the team,” Bell said.

“While we would like to win it, Terry (Kennedy)'s aim with the team is about having fun.”

Along with New South Wales, Queensland faces Victoria, and home team South Australia in five matches before the finals.



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