Parkana club Brazilians show style
PARKANA took the Samba to Mackay and returned to Rockhampton with the rewards.
Club spokesman Cliff Arnold said the Parkana club was represented by members of Rockhampton’s Brazilian community.
“Most of the Brazilian chaps went up,” Arnold said.
The team played in the annual carnival run by Mackay’s Rangers club and nearly succeeded in returning with the winner’s trophy.
The eight-a-side tournament, known as the Rimex Carnival, was played over two days with Parkana making it through to the grand final.
In that match Parkana came up against Mackay’s City Brothers and with seconds left on the clock the teams were level at 1-1 all.
However, Brothers scored a late winner and Parkana had to settle for the runners-up cheque.
“We hit the post twice,” Arnold said.
Arnold said the team did well with former Cougars player Eduardo scoring the Parkana goal in the final.
Parkana was not the only Rockhampton team at Mackay.
Arnold said in the semi-final his team met Berserker and won that game through gaining more corners in the match after the scores were level at full time.
Berserker went on to end the tournament in third position after defeating another Central Queensland team, Capricorn Coast, in the 3rd/4th place play-off.
For Parkana Joe Wilson was the team’s highest goalscorer while Arnold said there were a number of other good displays.
Jaigo, a 16-year-old new to CQ, was a stand-out.
“He is similar in style to Israel Souza who also went to Mackay,” he said.
Another to put together consistently strong displays was goalkeeper Ricardo Ribiero.
“We impressed and surprised many of the teams,” Arnold said.