Former CQ stars take on A-League with Northern Fury
FORMER Nerimbera Magpies juniors Braedyn and Jacob Crowley are about to tackle some of Australia's best footballers.
The former Central Queensland FC Energy pair might be midway through the 2014 NPL season, but will face a pair of Hyundai A-League heavyweights in the next few days.
One-time CQFC captain Jacob; and Braedyn, who left the Energy before its NPL licence was revoked in March, joined the Townsville-based Northern Fury.
On Sunday, the pair, along with former CQFC Energy striker Kevin Fraser will pull on the Fury club colours as the inaugural Townsville Football Cup launches in the northern centre.
The Fury will tackle a near full-strength Sydney FC on Sunday before meeting Hyundai A-League champions Brisbane Roar on Wednesday night.
"It's going to be unreal just being able to play against this calibre of players," Braedyn said.
"It's not a joke for the A-League clubs at all.
"It's a great thing for us and we don't want to look silly.
"We want to play well."
Who's who of Australian football will be in Townsville from today, including Roar captain Matt Smith and coach Mike Mulvey, Newcastle Jets star Joel Griffiths, Sydney FC Graham Arnold and his new recruit Alex Brosque.
Fraser expected a tough few days at the office, but was excited about the opportunity.
"They'll be tough. We haven't been going great lately, but it'll be a great experience," Fraser said.
"We've been making improvements in recent weeks, but we needed it. Hopefully we can be competitive."
Braedyn said he hoped to make an impression on the A-League head coaches with hopes of securing a trial at one of the clubs in the near future.
"We've been talking and I was talking to Arnie (Arnold) about hopefully getting some sort of trial," he said.
"Hopefully I can play well this weekend and that will help my chances."