Frenchville's Robert Day defendes his goal against Cap Coast. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
Frenchville's Robert Day defendes his goal against Cap Coast. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka

Day happy to play keeper and keep his tally at zero

ROBERT Day's goal tally at the end of the season will more than likely be zero.

It has been every season since he made his debut for Frenchville in the top grade a few years back.

Not that it matters. It's not his job to score goals; he's responsible for preventing them.

The Frenchville goalkeeper lines up in goal at Sun Valley Oval tomorrow night as the Wesley Hall Cup-holders travel to Gladstone to take on Central.

Day and his defensive partners at the back have been in scintillating form in 2014, helping Frenchville to the top of the Central Queensland Premier League ladder at the midway point of the season.

They've won seven of their first eight matches to start the season.

The defensive unit has only conceded eight goals, just five more than the competition's best defensive side, Southside United, which has conceded four goals in 2014.

Committed to his goal-keeping trade, Day works twice a week with ex-Australian goal keeper Megan Meyers.

Day put his hand up to play goalkeeper as a 12-year-old and hasn't looked back since, thriving under pressure in the position.

Ten years on and, while it's his job to save them, Day said he would be keen on taking a shot at goal if the opportunity presented.

CQ Football

ROUND 10

Southside United v Emerald Eagles 4pm tomorrow at Jardine Park

Clinton v Capricorn Coast 7pm tomorrow at Clinton

Berserker v Bluebirds 7pm tomorrow at Elizabeth Park

Central v Frenchville 7pm tomorrow at Sun Valley Oval

LADDER: Frenchville 21, Southside United 18, Clinton 16, Bluebirds 11, Nerimbera Magpies 11, Capricorn Coast 10, Central 8, Emerald 6, Berserker 0.

"I've always been confident taking penalties," said Day, who works as an IT technician at IT Rock while studying at CQUniversity.

"I'll put my hand up.

"I'm confident doing it, so I'd be about third or fourth person to take it."

As for the likelihood of performing a nude dash at the end of the season, it's not going to happen.

Goal keepers are exempt from the age-old tradition.

"Goal keepers are excluded from that - every save is a goal," Day said.

"It's as simple as stuff up once and you can lose a game.

"But, I'd rather be standing in goal (in a penalty shootout).

"I don't mind it."



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