Chris Swain keeps Bundaberg defender Ackim Ormsby away from the ball during the Cougars’ 5-3 win last week.
Chris Swain keeps Bundaberg defender Ackim Ormsby away from the ball during the Cougars’ 5-3 win last week. Sharyn Oneill

Cougars coach not happy to wait

CQ COUGARS coach Joe Fenech is not a happy man.

After one week of fixtures and a resounding victory recorded, the Cougars now have to wait two weeks for the next QSL match.

Heavy rain has been predicted for northern Queensland and consequently Football Queensland chief executive Geoff Foster has made an early call and postponed the match between the Razorbacks and the Cougars, scheduled for Townsvillle.

While Fenech is extremely disappointed, the early warning has avoided a repeat of last year when the Cougars travelled for an early-season match on the Gold Coast only to hear the game had been postponed on the day of the match.

What hurts the Cougars is losing momentum after the 5-3 win over Bundaberg last Saturday.

Now the team has to wait until April 1 before it plays another competition game when the Cougars travel to the Gold Coast.

"We tried to change the fixture around," Fenech said.

That would have seen Townsville travel to Rockhampton as a reversal on the program but it was too difficult to arrange at the last minute.

"It's disappointing as the boys were on a high and wanted to keep rolling," he said.

"I will drive down to Bundaberg and watch their game against the Sunshine Coast and then the following week I'll see them play the QAS. The break does give me the opportunity to do some scouting."

Now Fenech has the task of trying to organise a match against local opposition as he tries to keep his players in match condition.

"We will try and arrange a midweek game against a local team that has been knocked out of the Stanwell Cup."

As always, Fenech took the opportunity to search for a positive from the disappointment.

"It will give Tim English an extra couple of weeks to recover," he said.

English injured his ribs when a Bundaberg player challenged for a high ball and was in doubt for the weekend anyway.

Also it will give Michael Cay a little time to try and get back into the Cougars line-up after missing the season opener.

"Michael is training the house down but he now has to win his spot back," Fenech said.

"If we'd been playing this week, he would have been on the bench."



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