A couple of all stars
BY ANY measure the Cougars' 2011 campaign was not one to savour but now that the Central Queensland team's season is over, the club gets a little bit of good news.
During the final weeks of the season Football Queensland plays some showcase matches, which act as an opportunity for A-League clubs to look at the talent the Hyundai QSL League is producing.
This year a team of All Stars, chosen from players from the state league's northern clubs, will play a curtain-raiser to the Hyundai QSL grand final at Perry Park.
Despite finishing bottom of the league and failing to win a game, the Cougars will be represented by two players, Tim English and Sam Fisk.
“They will play a curtain-raiser against Brisbane Roar,” Cougars chief executive Bevan Dingley said.
English import Fisk was in good form for the Cougars after his mid-season arrival and has a background in the semi-professional game in England.
Towards the end of the season he also trialled for Perth Glory and earned a place on the substitutes' bench for the match against Scottish giant Glasgow Celtic.
By his own standards the form of English was patchy this year compared to 2010, when he was named the best goalkeeper in the competition.
However, that is hardly a criticism, because it is hard to remain confident when wave after wave of opposition attacks head in your direction.
Even though the opposition will be of a higher standard when he faces Roar, English has the ability and technique to do well.
Dingley said a bonus for the team would be if The Daily Mercury Whitsunday Miners were facing the Strikers in the QSL grand final.
Within the next week a QSL under-19 selection will be announced and the Cougars have four or five who could be named in that squad.