Gava Trophy incentive for the Suns
LISMORE-born Queensland Roar FC defender Todd Gava has been recognised for his rise to Australian soccer's top table with an annual challenge trophy to now bear his name.
As a curtain-raiser to the Hyundai A-League clash between Queensland Roar and Melbourne Victory on Sunday, a Brisbane Men's Soccer invitational Under-19 team will take on the North Coast Suns Under-21s for the inaugural Todd Gava Challenge Trophy. Kick-off will be at 12.15pm.
"We felt it was important to recognise a player from a regional area who, prior to his inclusion in the Queensland Roar squad, was a stalwart of the Brisbane Premier League," said Bruce Dinsdale, general manager of Brisbane Men's Soccer.
The BMS team will be coached jointly by Garry Johnson and Peter Tokesi, with Jonathan Harlen and Brendan Logan coaching the North Coast Suns.
Harlen and Logan have drawn their mostly 16- to 21-year-old playing squad from the Tursa Premier League, which spans an area from the Clarence to the Tweed Coast.
Rochedale resident Gava, who was awarded the Queensland Lions Player of the Year for three consecutive seasons, said he was extremely flattered by the news.
"It's a great honour to have a trophy named after me and I hope it serves as an inspiration to all the young players in the Northern New South Wales region,"he said.
"It shows that there is now a true career path for young players to take and I hope that they too aspire to play in the Hyundai A-League for Queensland Roar.
"If I can do it then there is no reason why others can't do it too."
The Queensland Roar versus Melbourne Victory game is on Sunday from 3pm.
Tickets can be obtained from Ticketek on 13 28 49.
As an added incentive, fans at the game have the chance to drive away in a brand new Hyundai Getz via Queensland Roar's As Good As It Getz promotion.