Locals fire on the football field


Queenstown soccer hotshot Will McIntyre could be jetting to Mexico next year as a Young All White. 

McIntyre, 16, is being put through his paces in Christchurch next week during final qualification squad trials for the 2011 Under 17 World Cup team. 

The midfielder has been representing Central Otago in rep football since he was 11 and has captained teams for the past four years. 

McIntyre claims he’s “an outsider” in the national squad since he has to train by himself because of Queenstown’s remote location. 

He expects to hear if he’s made the cut in a few weeks’ time. 

Meanwhile, half a dozen other young Queenstown footballers have been earmarked for future national honours. 

Will’s brother Kieran, 14 and fellow under-14 Central Otago rep player Ryan Western, 13, are Christchurch-bound for a national talent centre run by New Zealand Football. 

They’re among about 100 kids around the country in camps who could be in the running for the U17 World Cup squad heading to Rio de Janeiro in 2013 if their form continues. 

Under 13 Central Otago player Thomas Rewi, 12, is also attending the intensive soccer sessions in Christchurch from this coming Monday to Friday. 

Local girls Tania Savery, 11, Kim Paisley, 12, and Ella Van Der Geest, 13, will attend the female version of the camp.