Brisbane Roar’s football intelligence will be the secret weapon for Queensland University of Technology (QUT) law and justice students when they face arch rivals University of Queensland (UQ) in the inaugural Soccer Grudge Match.
In the spirit of the FIFA World Cup in South Africa, the traditional rivals will clash on the sporting field for a chance to claim the inter-university title and a year-s worth of bragging rights.
In an attempt to gain an early advantage, QUT students enlisted the help of Roar midfielder Luke Brattan and club staff for a special coaching clinic at the squad-s selection trials.
Nearly 50 students were put through three separate drills – one versus one, shooting and small sided – before battling against one another in a full sized match for a spot in the final 15 student squad.
QUT Association of Law and Justice Students Sports Director Lindsay Carroll said the Roar-s involvement with the selection trials was ‘absolutely fantastic-.
“The mini training drills worked really well … and the coaches were great at motivating the students to perform to the best of their ability,” she said.
“A lot of the students already play soccer but working with the Roar coaches allowed them to be exposed to a more professional approach.”
The QUT-UQ Soccer Grudge Match will take place at UQ-s St Lucia playing fields at 2pm on Saturday May 08.