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FNQ FC Heat
FNQ FC Heat is an Australian semi-professional soccer club based in Cairns, North Queensland and currently competes in the National Premier Leagues Queensland.
The clubs origins are borne out of the Far North Queensland Centre of Excellence Program, an elite based program for talented FNQ Junior players U12-U18 male and female. It started late 2007 for the beginning of the 2008 season and was run by then FNQ Football Development Manager Chris Collins. The players were to feed into the Far North Queensland Bulls FC side which was formed in 2009 and based at Borzi Park in Mareeba and played in the defunct QSL.
In the 2010 QSL season, the club finished a very creditable 3rd in the league, behind competition heavyweights, the Sunny Coast and Brisbane Strikers, but were knocked out in the first semi final by arch rivals the Townsville based NQ Razorbacks.
The Bulls were one of two feeder teams for now defunct A-League side North Queensland Fury along with North Queensland Razorbacks. They were considered to be fierce rivals, being the only two teams playing in the North Queensland area in a semi-professional competition.
In 2012 the FFA introduced and formed the National Premiers Leagues throughout Australia as a second tier level to under pin the A-League and applications were invited to nominate for the new competition.
A new club named FNQ FC Ltd (FNQ Heat) was formed and established in 2012, and competed in the 2013 National Premier Leagues Queensland. They finished 10th out of 12 teams using a squad of young players from Far North Queensland the majority of which were products if the C.O.E development program bolstered by five senior players from the defunct FNQ Bulls giving the squad an average age of under 21.
FNQ FC Heat qualified for the 2014 FFA Cup by reaching the Semi Final of the Football Queensland Cup.
In reaching the FFA Cup Round of 32, Heat defeated Mareeba United 5-3, Northern Fury 4-1, and Mackay Magpies 6-1.
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Northern Fury vs FNQ Heat FC
24 May, 2014