Laidley footballer Justeen set for global comp

Laidley footballer Justeen Kruger is set to play in the Deaf Football Australia Women’s Squad, with community groups banding together via a popular raffle to make her dream a reality. Picture: JESSE HAMILTON

International bound Laidley footballer Justeen Kruger stopped by the Lockyer and Somerset Independent office on 22 May to draw the raffle that has supported her to play in Deaf Football Australia (DFA) Women’s Squad in Denver, Colorado from 30 May to 1 June.

Kruger, who made the 2023 DFA Team of the Season will match up in a double header against team USA for the Internationals vs World Champions tournament.

Lining up as Australia’s goalie for the internationals Kruger said she had been fundraising and selling socks incessantly since early April to make the dream a reality.

“I’ve been selling socks and then raffle tickets at pubs every spare day that I don’t have training,” she said.

“It’s been amazing the amount of support I’ve received from local business who have put in prizes for the raffle.”

Local business that have supported the raffle included prizes from Queensland National Hotel Laidley, Mitre 10 Laidley, Fine Lines Barber Hair Beauty, Falvey’s Hotel Gatton, Fractured Wood BBQ Australia, Supercheap Auto Gatton, Royal Hotel Gatton, The Hen House Cafe and Catering Plainland, Snap Fitness Plainland and more.

Kruger said the international tournament would open the door for many great opportunities for her personally and would create inroads to putting deaf football on the global map.

“This will open the door for the Deaf Olympics, getting funding, getting a consistent team together,” she said.

“We were meant to go to the Deaf Football World Cup, the women’s team last year, but due to funding, player eligibility, including deafness and age, we didn’t get a team.

“These internationals will get the deaf football name out there, they will be played in front of a sold-out stadium of 18,000.”

Kruger is the current keeper for North Brisbane FC in the FQPL 2 competition.