The Gap FC is excited to announce the signing and promotion of one of our juniors, Libby Cybulski, who has steadily progressed through the club’s NPLW program.
Entering her sixth straight season with the Gators, Cybulski is a dynamic young player that possesses speed, strength, and a hunger to compete with the best.
Cybulski began her football journey in 2009 playing for her local club, Samford Rangers FC. Competing as the only female player in the top boys U11 and 12 competitions gave her a competitive edge whilst she developed into a defensive midfielder.
Cybulski entered the Gators NPLW program in 2016 with the U13 squad where coach Bec Price harnessed her defensive ability and helped build her confidence in defensive roles. Cybulski progressed within the system and was part of the 2017 U15 squad that, under the guidance of Alan Waller, had an undefeated season and won the 2017 premiership. This time saw her develop her technical ability whilst also building on her mental strength and confidence.
Cybulski represented QLD at the U15 National Youth Championships in 2018 and was invited to train with the U17 Brisbane Roar NTC squad the same year.
Cybulski moved through to the U18 squads in 2019 and 2020, with the recent season seeing Cybulski called up to fill in for a game in the senior team. Her performance and subsequent performances saw her play 14 full games of senior football in 2020. Possessing great leadership traits, the talented youngster has been awarded multiple coaches awards for both club and school, as well as the best and fairest at the Gators in 2018.
“Once I met Mick and Jess, I felt the Gap FC had an amazing change coming for the years ahead and I just knew I had to be a part of it,” Cybulski says.
"I am beyond ecstatic to further my football journey back at The Gap for the 2021 season under their knowledge and guidance, as I know as a football player I will be challenged greatly and will learn immensely as will all of my fellow teammates. I cannot wait to be able to help connect the younger age groups to the senior women’s squad and bring back the culture that we once had and shared.”
Gap FC Technical Director and Head Coach, Mick Gallo, was excited to lock in Cybulski, stating, “From the first day I entered the club, I was told about the exciting prospect in Libby Cybulski who sets the example of a player progressing through the club’s system that we are working towards at the Gap.”
To prove that she is able to compete at the highest level of QLD football, going head-to-head with W-League players, and holding her own shows that she is well and truly ready to continue her development and push for senior football each week. Once again, a natural leader, and a player that will push and develop the culture. Her football ability also fits perfectly into the type of player we want to play our brand of football. Technically strong, fast, and has the ‘winning mentality’ that we want in our footballers.”
The Gap FC welcomes back Libby to the family and wishes her all the best for the 2021 season.