Osborne in groove for Qld success at nationals
IF EXPERIENCE counts, the Queensland Christian Soccer Association division one team is in good hands.
Eastern Heights-based 21-year-old Cameron Osborne was selected as Queensland vice-captain and squad captain for the Australian Church Soccer national titles in Sydney this week.
The positions of seniority have been bestowed after Osborne received the referees' player-of-the-year award, playing for Blackstone Welsh in the QCSA.
Blackstone Welsh club side finished fifth this season.
"A couple of inconsistent performances meant we fell just short of finals," Osborne said.
Osborne has represented Queensland regularly since he was 14, so has all the experience possible to draw on.
He also has the motivation to give it all he's got after some past encounters.
"I've been in a few finals but never won before," he said.
Queensland finished fourth of five teams last year and Osborne was injured in his second game.
The central midfielder thinks things can only improve this year.
He hopes he can contribute as a player and a leader at the championships which started yesterday.
"We've got a strong side," he said.
"I've had some advice from a previous captain.
"He said: 'On the field, just do what you normally do'.
"Off the field as squad captain it will be interesting to see how that goes, making sure everyone's doing what they're supposed to do."
For Queensland to do well, Cameron knows his performances in the team's engine room of central midfield are crucial.
"I'll try to lead from the front and play as hard as I can," he said.
"Direct the play and the boys around the field and try and control the game."