Local clubs set for soccer
By RACHAEL BORICH
ROCKHAMPTON clubs have staked their claims on the Capricornia Soccer League first-division 2005 finals series starting this Saturday.
After the final round of games at the weekend it was Nerimbera Brothers and Southside, thanks to a forfeit from Parkana, who kept their seasons alive for another week.
It was a double celebration for Nerimbera at the weekend after they also won the club championship by one point ahead of Frenchville and CQU Berserker.
Gladstone club Clinton came perilously close to a finals start, but a scoreless draw with Frenchville was not enough.
Clinton coach Gary Larsen was proud of his team's effort against a team he considers will play in this year's title decider.
"If we'd played like that in a few of our other matches this year we would have made the top four,'' Larsen said.
"If you look back at the year we lost both matches to Southside (20), lost 2-0 to Bluebirds and 2-1 to BITS. "They are games that have cost us in the end.''
Nerimbera Brothers were struggling this season, sitting in third last place after the opening six rounds.
However, Nerimbera coach Bevan Dingley has successfully moulded his team around the experienced combination of Mi- chael Steere, Tristan Fraser and Darren Jeffries.
Dingley's only concern heading into this Saturday's minor semifinal elimination game against Southside is a hamstring injury to Jade Sinclair.
For Southside United it was the perfect end to a dream run which has included some big wins to scrape into the top four.
"We've been playing finals football for about six weeks,'' said Southside coach Will Burns, who joined the spectators at the Clinton game on Saturday night where he was always confident Frenchville was controlling the play enough to allow his team to continue its 2005 season.