Burke's a winner with the ball



SOUTHSIDE United striker Joe Burke has his game back on track this season.

Burke was among the scorers in Southside's 2-1 win over Cap Coast in their Capricornia League contest at Yeppoon's Apex Park on Saturday night.

The 20-year-old is enjoying renewed enthusiasm for the game, fresh from finishing as the leading wicket taker in the Rockhampton Cricket third grade competition over the summer, taking 34 wickets for Southside United.

"I'm not much of a bowler so I don't know how I took wickets,'' said Burke, who only returned to cricket last season after a fiveyear break.

"I just try and bowl fast ? it's just good fun and something to do over the summer.''

On the football pitch Burke is just one of several Southside players producing numerous goalscoring chances.

"We probably should have won by a few more ? I missed a few ? but it's always tough to win down there,'' Burke said.

"The other weekend (against Parkana) we just had a shocker and at training all the boys were a bit embarrassed ? we had to get a win.''

Burke only returned to Rockhampton last season after playing for Wynnum in Brisbane during 2004.

"I wish I was still there, but I couldn't afford it doing an apprenticeship.''

Southside coach Will Burns was satisfied with the win after the previous weekend's shock 2-1 loss to Parkana in a pre-season game.

"They came out like that wasn't going to happen again,'' Burns said.

Burns rated his captain and central midfielder Michael Bettridge as his man-of-the-match, despite Bettridge being red-carded for a tackle in the 87th minute of play.

The Southside coach will be sidelined himself this week with hip surgery on Wednesday.



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