Berserker wins major award

JUST when it seemed the football season was well truly finished the Berserker club wins its major award for the 2009 season.

Last weekend Berserker took two teams north for the annual South Rangers football carnival at Mackay.

First team coach Barney Caruana, who acted as an assistant to Robbie Staal in getting the team prepared, said Berserker had sent a team to the event many times and was delighted to come away a winner this time.

No wonder, as the victory saw the Berserker club coffers increase by $2000 from the prizemoney earned.

“The boys played the house down,” Caruana confirmed.

Throughout the two-day, 8-a-side competition Berserker's number one team produced results that left the side in top position in its group.

The format for the competition differs from the traditional outdoor game in more ways than just the number of players on the park.

Caruana said the playing area is shorter but the most significant change is each goal scored is worth three points and each corner earned provides one point.

The only team that troubled Berserker was the Whitsunday Miners youth team.

Having won its group Berserker then beat a Mount Isa team, a side from Mackay's Magpies club, Grange Thistle of Brisbane and then the Magpies first team before reaching the final.

Whitsunday Miners, the Mackay based QSL team, was the opponent, playing under the name of Stensafe, in that match but again Berserker breezed past that opponent, outscoring the Miners by five goals to two and also gaining more corner kicks.

During the tournament Caruana said Berserker produced a number of star turns.

“Team captain Dylan Walters in goal did very well.

“Michael Cay scored a heap of goals and Steve Van den Ban got better with each game,” Caruana said.

In the Women's section of the tournament the prizemoney also drifted south with Rockhampton & District champion side Capricorn Coast making it back-to-back victories at the event.

Excited coach Rick Parker is amazed the young players just kept on stepping up to a new level with each competition they enter.

The champion side adapted well to the eight-a-side game, winning six of their seven games.

“The whole team went well,” Parker said.

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