Clinton still setting standards
THE inaugural Stanwell Cup will not be collected by a Rockhampton team, after Clinton won the main prize on Saturday at Pilbeam Park by virtue of scoring most goals in the "semi-finals".
In recent years Clinton has been the team to beat in the CQ competition and the early indications are little has changed this year.
Nobody at Frenchville will argue against their case, as Clinton went on the rampage to win their tie 7-0.
Frenchville coach John Ganly admitted the Gladstone-based team would be tough to beat again this year but expected his young team to be far better prepared next time.
"Clinton is always the benchmark and if you have a bad day then you are going to get punished," he said.
That certainly happened on Saturday, as Clinton revelled in using the wide Pilbeam Park pitch to great effect.
Ganly admitted he would make tactical changes if he were to play the match again.
"I would have tightened up the midfield," he said. "We gave Matt Smillie far too much room."
The coach said Frenchville had suffered big losses in the past, only to bounce back and win matches.
"We have got to get back into our routine and prove we can do better than that," he said.
Ganly admitted his team had few answers against a Clinton team that was very athletic.
In the other match Nerimbera could look on the 2-1 loss to newcomer Emerald as a match it could have, and should have, won.
"We didn't convert our chances, that's for sure," Nerimbera coach Roy Benson said.
Two strikes by Emerald late in the first half rocked a Nerimbera team that lacked the clinical touch in front of goal.
Despite having a lion's share of attacking possession, Nerimbera failed to find the net until the dying minutes and even then it was defender Jade Dilleen, who scored with a header.
For Benson the key to come out of the game was that Nerimbera is capable of creating chances. The next step is accepting them.
Clinton 7 def Frenchville 0
Emerald 2 def Nerimbera 1