Hill defends Cougars? start

TOWERING defender Chris Hill is on a mission for the Frenchville Sports Club Capricorn Cougars tonight.

"Keep a clean sheet and try to get a goal,'' the 19-year-old said yesterday.

Hill will join the Cougars' final trial match against Brisbane club Taringa Rovers at Rockhampton's Ryan Park in the build-up to next week's Football Queensland State Cup kick-off.

After injury and schoolies celebrations cut short his time with the Cougars last season, the up-and-coming Frenchville player is ready to make his mark again this campaign.

"There's a lot of scouts out there looking,'' said Hill, who stands at 193cm tall.

Cougars coach Justin Kilshaw is one of Hill's biggest fans.

"He's been a great addition to the squad and brings plenty of enthusiasm,'' Kilshaw said.

"Chris is a very talented young player with huge potential and could go anywhere.''

Kilshaw said tonight's final trial match was a "full dress rehearsal'' for his squad to impress ahead of next Saturday night's opener against Brisbane Premier League champions Pine Rivers at Ryan Park.

"There's a fair bit of competition for spots,'' he said. "We've got a lot more balance and variety this year and it's good to have these options.''

Gladstone striker Lee Veenhoven and goalkeeper Roger Bailey are the newcomers to the Cougars squad tonight after missing last weekend's 2-1 win over North Queensland in Mackay.



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