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Roos out to re-write unwanted record

COMEBACK: Frenchville captain Jesse Thompson is targeting a finals run after a comeback game against Nerimbera at the weekend.
COMEBACK: Frenchville captain Jesse Thompson is targeting a finals run after a comeback game against Nerimbera at the weekend. Matty Holdsworth

FOOTBALL: Reigning Wesley Hall Cup champions Frenchville Roos are in limbo.

Despite a finals berth secured, they haven't managed a feat that has been part of their DNA of the last four seasons.

Thus far in 2017, they've failed to win a single point against Cap Coast or Clinton football clubs.

While anything can happen come finals, it is still a shadow weighing over the squad and coach Justin Kilshaw.

Frenchville head to Gladstone aiming to re-write that record.

"Clinton are coming off a loss and will be hell bent on knocking us over,” Kilshaw said.

"They've had our measure this year, 8-1 aggregate in the three games.

Frenchville attacker Jordan Miller dribbles in the box before cutting inside and scoring in the CQ Premier League Grand Final against Clinton FC.
Frenchville attacker Jordan Miller dribbles in the box before cutting inside and scoring in the CQ Premier League Grand Final against Clinton FC. Matty Holdsworth

"It has been a tough year but we aren't done yet.”

"I am happy with how we have hung in throughout the season, we've never had the same team on the park two weeks in a row and that won't change this week,” he said.

Around the Grounds

  • Cap Coast FC 4 def Clinton Grubs 2 at Apex Park
  • Nerimbera Magpies 0 lost to Frenchville Roos 5 at Pilbeam Park
  • Bluebirds United 4 def Parkana 0 at Webber Park

"So in that sense we have done pretty well seeing there's been no continuity.

"While we have lost a fair chunk of our experience and class we still have a core, and that is something to draw from this time of year.

"That is the way seasons go, you have in. It could time together perfectly.”

Frenchville player Ryan Hickey in the soccer game between Southside and Frenchville at Jardine Park.   Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
Frenchville player Ryan Hickey in the soccer game between Southside and Frenchville at Jardine Park. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison ROK100716csoccer5

Integral centre mid Ryan Hickey made a 65-minute return in the weekend's demolition of Nerimbera and is hopeful of a finals push.

Meanwhile club captain Jesse Thompson came back albeit in reserves. Centre back Tim Hickey has also returned to training.

They've hardly featured at all this season and will bring plenty to the reigning premiers.

"Ryan's mobility and skill through the midfield is up with the best in the comp. He is very influential on games and we have really missed him,” he said.

"Jesse is our captain and been there for every premiership. He is a vital cog. His communication and organisational skills are so important.

"They're all players we have really missed.”

Topics:  football football central queensland frenchville roos justin kilshaw



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