CQ shines at carnival

QUEENSLAND'S south-east corner will battle for top honours in the Under-13 State Championships at Rockhampton's Jardine Park today.

Brisbane North and South regions topped their respective pools while Central Queensland con- tinued to battle onwards before suffering a hard- fought 1-0 loss to Brisbane North yesterday.

Among Central Queensland's best players were Bluebirds United's Justin McMillan, playing up front, and Gladstone BITS defender Adam Gaffel.

This is the first age group in which soccer players can be talent identified and it quite often proves a learning curve.

Central Queensland coach Paul Wilton said it was not just individual skills that got players through ? it was team play that got players iden- tified along with their mannerisms and attitudes.

The Central Queensland team faces North Queensland today, a team they defeated 4-2 in Townsville earlier this year.

At the under-15 State titles in Townsville yes- terday Central Queensland suffered a 1-0 loss to title favourites the Gold Coast with their south- ern rivals scoring in the fifth minute of the sec- ond half.

It was a much improved performance from the Central Queensland team which created several chances, but had to settle for placing third in their pool and now face Southern North Queens- land today in the play-off for fifth.



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