Mackay Lions’ Dave Prichard and Bluebirds’ Johnathon Sauer contest the ball in last year’s final.
Mackay Lions’ Dave Prichard and Bluebirds’ Johnathon Sauer contest the ball in last year’s final. Chris Ison

$7000 on the line in soccer

FOOTBALLERS are you ready?

The revamped 2012 Frenchville Sports Club annual Six-A-Side competition is set to begin February 26.

It is the first official hit-out for many clubs in the region and a chance to assess the skill sets of local younger players before the 2012 football season begins.

Frenchville Sports Club sports manager Terry Kennedy said this year's pre-season carnival will be more competitive than ever with several new teams joining the line-up.

"Bundaberg's Across The Waves club which is one of the biggest clubs in Bundy have signed up to give local competitors a run for their money," Kennedy said.

"They will most likely come in the top five teams; they wouldn't come unless they were reasonably confident."

The competition will be held at the Frenchville Sports Club with more than $7000 in prize money to be won.

"It is a pretty full on and competitive game, earning 10 points per win, three points per draw and one point for every goal scored," he said.

"Coaches have realised that it is a pretty tactical game, they play a bit of a cat and mouse game."

About 20 men and 10 women's teams will be competing at this year's carnival including open-men's former champions, Mackay.

"Last year the Mackay Lions defeated Bluebirds in the open men's final," Kennedy said.

"But this year Mackay are bringing two really good teams down so they will both be among the favourites.

"The Emerald side have also had a big roll up at training which will only benefit their team further."

Kennedy said in previous years the competitiveness of the carnival had always been high and he did not think this year's event would be any different.

"The sin bin is always full, and it doesn't look too inviting, standing in this sort of heat without any water for five to ten minutes," he said.

The Capricorn Cougars have deferred their pre-season trials so there will not be a clash with the carnival.



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