Region's best under-12 footballers take field for six-a-side event

FOOTBALL: The heat will be on this weekend and that is not merely a weather forecast.

Patrons travelling to Webber Park this weekend are promised some high-quality football action as the majority of the region's best under-12 footballers take to the field for the Ces Babbage six-a-side tournament.

Usually this annual competition is played earlier in the program, but unfortunately that was not possible this year.

As a consequence numbers are down slightly, but nevertheless the quality of football will be as good as ever.

The tournament has been a part of the junior football scene for about a decade and is appropriately named after Ces Babbage who worked tirelessly for junior football at the Bluebird club.

Although Ces Babbage was a Bluebirds man, coach of one of the teams from the host club Gary Paxton, said Central Queensland will be well represented at the event.

“There are teams entered from Bluebirds, Rockhampton Grammar School, Clinton (Gladstone) Capricorn Coast and Biloela Valleys,” he said.

“It will be a weekend of fast and furious soccer.”

The youngsters do get a bit of a break from the heat, at least those fortunate to make it through to the finals stages, as the finals will be played in the cool of Sunday evening.

“The finals will be played on Sunday at 6.30pm under lights,” Paxton said.



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