Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Thunder Prepare for Future in Big League

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Thunder Prepare for Future in Big League

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Ben

Drewe

sports editor

ben.drewe@thechronicle.com.au

SOUTH-West chairman Anthony Bigby is thrilled the Thunder have been granted a full NPL Queensland licence for 2014 and beyond, but knows the hard work has only just begun.

Football Queensland chief executive Geoff Foster announced in Toowoomba at the weekend that South-West had been upgraded to a full licence for the 2014 NPL Queensland season, up from having junior and men's under-20s in the inaugural season this year.

That means the Thunder will add open men's and women's teams to their club for the

state league.

"It doesn't get any better. It's definitely great news for us and great news for football in the area," he said.

South-West applied for a full licence last year, but was turned down. The Thunder were then offered the chance to play in the junior and U20 men's competitions in 2013, as they attempted to prove their worth for a full licence.

But South-West was taken by surprise that their bid would be successful so soon after initially being overlooked a year earlier. …

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