Slow start won't hurt competition
IT is the traditional start of the local football season and Frenchville Sports Club’s Terry Kennedy is certain the competition will be every bit as strong as it has been in previous years.
The official closing date for entries is today, but, as always, the clubs around the region are still going through the process of getting organised for the coming season and some are yet to provide the paperwork to the organisers.
Nevertheless the Frenchville club is still confident there will be the full complement of 20 teams in the men’s section and 12 in the women’s.
Not all teams are from Rockhampton or the Capricorn Coast.
“Rangers (Mackay) have confirmed they will come, while Lions (Mackay) is 99% certain to send a team,” he said.
On the occasions Lions has entered a side it has usually returned home with a large winner’s cheque.
Gladstone club Centrals will have teams in the tournament, while there is a possibility of a women’s team from the Sunshine Coast making the trip to play.
The event is sponsored by Frenchville Sports Club and offers clubs an opportunity to play pre-season football while also earning a bit of prizemoney.
This year a total of $7000 in prizemoney is there to be won.
Kennedy said it was not just the players who enjoyed the annual six-a-side tournament.
With the rules offering 10 points for the win and an extra point for each goal scored, it stops teams from sitting back on a lead.
“There will be plenty of goals, plenty of excitement,” Kennedy enthused.
Last year the winner of the men’s section was Bluebirds, who are chasing a hat-trick of titles in 2010, but Kennedy promises there will be no repeats.
“I’m going to sort the draw out so they play all their games one after the other in the heat of the afternoon,” he joked.
Kennedy said a decision was yet to be made on whether an under-19 representative team would enter this year’s tournament.
Frenchville teams are hoping to do well in the tournament with men’s coach John Ganly saying he has been getting up to 50 players at training sessions.
The club retained most its players from 2009 and has also gained some new faces as well as welcoming back former players.
At the end of last season Frenchville saw the need to add to their playing roster and have pursued a policy of encouraging their players to talk to people who want to play football, but are not attached to a club.
This policy has gained some newcomers to the city.
The 2010 Frenchville tournament will be played at Ryan Park from February 26-28.