Kolovos?s star rising with North Coast Suns
by TANIA PHILLIPS
BANORA Point teenager Michael Kolovos has become the Tweed's first representative in the North Coast Suns Football Far North Coast representative side for the Summer Youth League competition.
The 16-year-old striker played with the Banora Point team in the Football Far North Coast second division this year and impressed selectors at the team's Suns trials at Bangalow during the recent school holidays.
"I play striker for my club but I look like being at left wing for the Suns, it should be great," he said.
Kolovos, who played for Tumbulgum in the Tweed District Soccer premiership last year, will be average age for this year's competition with the emphasis now on players aged under 19.
Football Far North Coast general manager Matt Kelso said the changes coincided with the selection of Queensland Academy of Sport players - mostly aged 16 and 17. The concept of previous years was for players under 21, which placed the QAS, the current champions, at a disadvantage.
"The disappointing aspect of the change is that for the North Coast Suns we have had to exclude a number of players with two years experience at this level, however the side selected still boasts a number of lads who played in last year's successful team and we will be looking to them to step up and take on senior roles."
The other change is in the competition format which only includes the four finalists from last year, QAS, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast and North Coast Suns. The other foundation clubs have chosen to sit this season out due to the poor state of venues within Brisbane as a result of the drought.
While this is Kolovos' first appearance for the Suns, the young player is still very experienced, having started playing the sport at five - following older brothers Chris and Nick into the sport.
At 11 he switched to rugby league for two seasons ? to take a break from soccer. But he soon decided it wasn't the sport for him and returned to his first love ? the round-ball code.