Far North Queensland FC

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Far North Queensland
Far North Queensland FC.jpg
Full name Far North Queensland Football Club
Nickname(s) Heat
Founded 2012
Ground Barlow Park
Ground Capacity 18,000 (1,700 seated)
Chairman Adam Garnett
Coach Martin Docherty
League NPL Queensland
2013 10th
Website Club home page

Far North Queensland FC also known as FNQ FC Heat is an Australian semi-professional soccer club based in Cairns, North Queensland and currently competes in the National Premier Leagues Queensland.

History[edit]

The clubs origins are borne out of the Far North Queensland Centre of Excellence Program, an elite based program for talented FNQ Junior players U12-U18 male and female, It started late 2007 for the beginning of the 2008 season and was ran by then FNQ Football Development Manager Chris Collins. These players were to feed into the Far North Queensland Bulls FC which was formed in 2009 and based at Borzi Park in Mareeba and played in the defunct QSL. A Number of former Centre of Excellence players have since moved onto the QAS (Queensland Academy of sport) and the AIS/FFA National centre of excellence, with two boys also captaining the Australian Joeys (U17's) in 2014.

In the 2010 QSL season, the club finished a very creditable 3rd in the league, behind competition heavyweights, the Sunny coast and Brisbane Strikers, but were knocked out in the first semi final by arch rivals the Townsville based NQ Razorbacks.

The Bulls were one of two feeder teams for now defunct A-League side North Queensland Fury along with North Queensland Razorbacks. They were considered to be fierce rivals, being the only two teams playing in the North Queensland area in a semi-professional competition.

In 2012 the FFA introduced and formed the National Premiers Leagues throughout Australia as a second tier level to under pin the 'A' league and applications were invited to nominate for the new competition.

A new club named FNQ FC Ltd (FNQ Heat) was formed and established in 2012, and competed in the 2013 National Premier Leagues Queensland. They finished 10th out of 12 teams using a squad of young players from Far North Queensland the majority of which were products if the C.O.E development program bolstered by five senior players from the defunct FNQ Bulls giving the squad an average age of under 21.

2014 Senior Squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Australia GK Kevin Ward
2 Australia DF Josh Jennison
3 Australia DF Calum Wood
4 Australia DF Tamas Maffey-Stumpe (Captain)
5 Australia DF Cameron Morrison
6 Australia DF Jake Keslake
7 Australia DF Josh Pin
8 United States MF Alex Smith
9 Australia MF Ethan Docherty
10 Australia FW Crios O'Hare
11 Australia MF Zenon Caravella
12 Australia MF Cameron Nucifora
No. Position Player
14 Australia FW Simon Fernandez
15 Australia MF Tom Murphy
16 Australia FW Josh De Nittis
17 Australia FW Jamie Carroll
18 Australia FW Matthew Murphy
19 Australia FW Mqondisi Nkiwane
20 United States GK Daniel Valcicak
22 Australia FW David D'Lucchio
23 England FW Jamie Gosling
24 Australia MF Mitch Bevan
Australia DF Jason Haydon
Cook Islands MF Thane Beal

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