CQFC Energy go down in bruising trial match against Clinton
FOOTBALL: Joe Fenech is confident his CQFC Energy team will be ready for the 2013 NPL season opener against the Sunshine Coast Fire in coming weeks, despite going down 3-1 against club side Clinton on Saturday night.
The Central Queensland Football Club Energy squad travelled south over the weekend, to face 2012 CQ Premier League champions Clinton in Gladstone and although disappointed in the final result, Fenech said the team would take a lot away from the game.
"We had a few things to work on structurally and Clinton was the perfect opposition to play in our first trial game," Fenech said.
"We were working on our structure in the defensive third and it really wasn't about the result of the game, but finding out what we had to work on and experimenting with ideas."
Fenech said as expected, Clinton was a very physical and tough squad resulting in a few injuries to key Energy players.
"There was a bit of bruising and battering on the field; Jarod Lancaster has some pretty serious bruising on his leg," Fenech said.
Jade Dilleen was also out with an ankle injury.
Fenech paid credit to Clinton and said it would certainly be a team to beat in the CQ Premier League competition this season.
"Clinton was the perfect opposition, they deserved their win and have a very strong side," he said.
"They will absolutely be strong in the Premier League this season and will be up there in the top of the favourites to win."
Heading into their second and last pre-season game this weekend, Fenech said he would be focusing on ironing out creases in the centre and attack area.
"This Saturday we will work on our midfield and attack when we go up against Frenchville at Frenchville," he said.
"It's a work in progress. We only get two games before the season kicks off in two weeks time with our season opener against last year's premiers.
"We're playing the Sunshine Coast Fire and it's going to be a very tough opener."
Fenech said the new field at Rugby Park was also looking good, with half the pitch now turfed by players and members and it woukd definitely be ready for the opener in two weeks time.