Jacob Wood and Brydon Hume fight for the ball during training on Sunday.
Jacob Wood and Brydon Hume fight for the ball during training on Sunday. ALLAN REINIKKA AR

Coach gets rush of joy

IT WAS the first trial run for CQ under-19 players and coach Todd Rush came away reasonably happy with the talent he has to work with.

“We had 21 players and there were another four or five who were not available on that day,” Rush said.

The players were under scrutiny at a hot Norbridge Park on Sunday morning but they will have to get used to the pressure, as Rush plans two evening sessions this week before holding another trial match next Sunday. Then he hopes to name a squad which will play in the Capricorn League and the Football Queensland organised Youth competition.

One major concern for the coach was the lack of support from older players in the under-19 grouping.

“I think there are four or five true under-19 players and the rest have just come out of the under-16s,” he said.

A positive for Rush is the number of Gladstone players showing an interest with half-a-dozen coming forward so far.

Rush said there a lot of reasons why players have not made themselves available.

“There are a lot of players with ability who are not available. It is frustrating as the coach but it has to be their own decision,” Rush said.

“It means we might have to struggle with the younger players.”

While the as yet un-named CQ under-19 team will be out to win games it is the development of the players both individually and as a unit that really matters.

Last season the under-19s from Central Queensland struggled against both Townsville and Mackay, areas that already have a development team playing together in their highest level of local football.

Having got underway, Rush has little time to waste as the Capricorn League is set to start on the first weekend of March.

“The boys are wanting to put a team in the Frenchville six-a-side.” Rush said any eligible players who feels he has missed out or had a change of mind about joining the CQ under-19 team should contact him on 0409 053 178.

Training this week is at Norbridge Park on Tuesday and Thursday starting at 5.30pm.



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