‘The family that plays together stays together’ is an adage ringing true for Kingscliff Soccer Club brothers Jordan and Mitchell Murdock.
The rising young stars will together tour Europe in September to play futsal against teams from the UK and Spain. (Futsal is a fast-growing, mostly indoor form of football or soccer played on a smaller pitch or hard court with five players.)
Jordan was recently selected at the Queensland Futsal Academy elite squad trials on the Gold Coast for the tour in the under-14 age group.
He will join his brother Mitchell, 11, who was picked by the academy a few weeks earlier as goalkeeper for the under-11s squad.
They will also train intensively with professional development coaches from the English Premier League in both outdoor football and futsal.
Mum Tania, a junior soccer coach herself for the club as well as a rep-level coach on the Gold Coast in summer, is obviously proud as punch about her two boys, and will travel with them on their biggest adventure yet.
Tania, the Pottsville business chamber president and former federal National Party candidate for the seat of Richmond, said Jordan and Mitchell were thrilled with their selection, the first from the Kingscliff Soccer Club.
She said they were chosen from a strong field of contenders from Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast and southeast Queensland.
‘They train regularly, several week nights in a row plus the weekend academy training, so it’s pretty full on.’
And there’s no doubt the keen family footballing talent has rubbed off on the third and youngest Murdock boy, six-year-old Braedan.
Tania says Braedan, who plays in the club’s under-7s, is ‘definitely a standout so far’.
‘He’ll no doubt get more exposure than the other two, who both started playing a little bit later.’