Porter leads from the front in soccer



? RELIABLE defender Craig Por- ter was the last man standing last season, but is back to guide the Frenchville Sports Club Capri- corn Cougars once again this year.

The newly appointed Cougars captain will lead the home side in its Football Queensland State Cup opener against Brisbane powerhouse Pine Rivers at Rock- hampton's Ryan Park tonight.

Porter, 28, was third in line for the captaincy in last year's com- petition, but was handed the top job after Chris Clarke and Darren Jeffries both suffered injuries during the Cougars' inaugural campaign.

Porter avoided the captain's in- jury curse.

"It's a big honour ? I think it is anyway,'' Porter said.

"Part of it's being a role model for the younger guys and guiding them basically.

"I'll be leading from the front and hopefully they all come with me on Saturday night.''

Pine Rivers arrive in Rock- hampton tonight still on a high after winning their first Brisbane XXXX Premier League title last month with a 1-0 victory against Palm Beach.

Porter said his side was expect- ing a tough hit-out and were well aware a win on home soil against one of the competition's favour- ites could boost the Cougars' semi-final aspirations.

"I think we've got the team to do it,'' Porter said.



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