BREAKTHROUGH: West Zone has become Queensland Churches Soccer Football Association senior men’s state champion for the first time.
BREAKTHROUGH: West Zone has become Queensland Churches Soccer Football Association senior men’s state champion for the first time. Contributed

West Zone takes first title

IT WAS 1969 when a group of people from different churches and denominations in Ipswich got together to create a Christian sporting organization.

It was important it provided an alternative to playing on Sundays, as well as teaching children worthwhile values.

The name decided upon was Queensland Churches Soccer Football Association BID (Brisbane/Ipswich Division).

Two representatives from each of the original six clubs (Blackstone United Welsh, Bundamba Salvation Army, Nundah Wavell, Salisbury Baptist, Salvation Army & St Paul's) met and elected the first committee, with Eric Jones (Blackstone) president.

Now, 45 years later, there is more than 40 clubs, almost 600 teams and 8000 players, still playing with the same ideals.

But in all that time the West zone (Ipswich) senior men's representative squad has never won the state title - until now.

This year, at the Westminster soccer club, thousands swarmed for the QCSA 2015 state titles.

Representative teams from under 10 to senior men and women fought it out over the June long weekend of soccer with plenty of supporters.

West Zone's senior men went through the tournament unbeaten to claim glory at Redbank Plains.

The busted knee goalkeeper Dylan Baxter played through and the broken foot suffered by Jay-Dee Richardson typified the team spirit, with determined defence the feature of the team's unprecedented success.

 



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