31 July, 2023
Allen reps for state
From the small town of Mareeba to the bustling streets of Brisbane, 17-year-old football prodigy Kohen Allen's journey has taken a leap as he gears up to compete for Queensland in the National Youth Championships in Sydney.
Having honed his skills with the Mareeba Bulls, Allen's passion for football earned him a scholarship that propelled him to Brisbane, where he has experienced a higher level of play, refining his abilities even further under top-tier training.
“I came down (to Brisbane) about two years ago and it was a pretty big move,” he said.
“It’s a big change from Mareeba because they play the game differently down here and have a higher level because of all the training they have.”
The National Youth Championships, kicking off over 12 days in October, will see the Australia’s most promising young footballers battle it out in friendly rivalry.
For Allen, it is a testament to his hard work and dedication that he secured a spot to represent his home state.
In preparation for the tournament, Allen is pushing himself harder than ever before in training.
He expressed gratitude towards his first club, the Mareeba Bulls, for laying the foundation of his football journey and helping him reach this milestone.
Although feeling a mixture of excitement and nerves, Allen remains focused on giving his all and making his Brisbane team and hometown supporters proud.
“I’m feeling good but pretty nervous, but it should be a great experience to show people what I can do,” he said.
“I got a lot from Mareeba, and I have been playing there since I was young so I know it is just such a good club that will support you every step of the way.”
With his unwavering determination and hometown pride, all eyes will be on this rising star as he takes on the best from around Australia in what promises to be an exciting football spectacle.