Stanthorpe's Joeys Mini World Cup representatives celebrate a successful week in Hervey Bay at the competition.
Stanthorpe's Joeys Mini World Cup representatives celebrate a successful week in Hervey Bay at the competition.

Rep side light up Mini World Cup

FOOTBALL: They mightn’t have won the competition but Stanthorpe’s Joeys Mini World Cup side won plenty of fans across the tournament.

After a week in Hervey Bay, the local outfit finished up behind a German-based side, a National Premier League team and representatives from Toowoomba Grammar.

Coach Brian Westerhout said it was an effort they could be proud of.

“It was like playing seven grand finals back home. That was how high the intensity of the games were,” he said.

They finished their adventure on Friday with a loss and a 3-2 win against Team Australia, or Maryborough.

The team from Germany beat a Wide Bay-based premier league side on penalties in the final.

“That game was insane. Like four red cards, seven yellows. The Germans got them on penalties though,” Westerhout said.

He said all the coaches were thrilled at the enthusiasm and effort of their side.

“We had a debrief and just spoke about how proud we were of the boys.

“There were a few coaches who came up and thanked us. They said to us ‘your boys have a really good name within the sport. You always play tough and fair’.

Josh Carlson was one of 20 boys selected to go on a tour of Germany.