Cougars to focus on home semi

FRENCHVILLE Sports Club Capricorn Cougars mid-fielder Tristan Fraser would love nothing more than a home semi-final in this year's Football Queensland State Cup competition.

The Cougars are playing for that right when they tackle Rochedale Rovers at Rockhampton's Ryan Park tonight at 7.

Football Queensland chief executive officer David Kay yesterday confirmed the Cougars would be granted a home match if they can qualify for next month's semi-finals.

"It's all about promoting the game in these regional areas,'' Kay said.

The Cougars, Sunshine Coast and Rochedale are locked on six points in group two, with only the top two teams to progress to the semi-final stage.

Fraser, who yesterday passed a fitness test on his right knee, said it made tonight's round four clash with Rovers even more important.

"If we can win we'll be laughing,'' Fraser said.

Work commitments have kept Fraser, arguably the most dangerous player in Rockhampton, on the reserves bench during this year's campaign.

However, the 24-year-old is keen to cement his spot tonight. "It's been frustrating at times, but the team has been playing well,'' he said.

Cougars defender Darren Jeffries remains in doubt for tonight's match with a groin injury, but coach Justin Kilshaw is confident he will line-up after receiving physio treatment yesterday.

Kilshaw said his players had to rise another level this weekend against last season's Brisbane Premier League runnersup to have any chance at booking a semi-final place.

"We've beaten every country side we've played and the next challenge is to knock off a city team,'' Kilshaw said.



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