FRENCHVILLE has become the first club in eight years to retain the Wesley Hall Cup.

A man-of-the-match performance saw skipper Tim Hickey claim back- to-back premierships for the second time in his career.

Hickey scored a goal as Frenchville delivered a 3-0 win over Clinton in the Central Queensland Premier League grand final at Ryan Park on Saturday night.

A youngster when Frenchville won premierships in 2004, 2005 and 2006, Hickey has matured into the club's captain and on-field leader.

He described Saturday night's win as "very special".

"I went back to back in 05 and 06 and that was an experienced team and I was one of the young ones," Hickey said.

TRYING TO THE LAST: Clinton’s Michael Hamelink in the final against Frenchville at Ryan Park on Saturday night.
TRYING TO THE LAST: Clinton’s Michael Hamelink in the final against Frenchville at Ryan Park on Saturday night. Allan Reinikka

"But to lead a team - especially a young team - to back-to-back titles is very special.

"I'm extremely proud of the boys and the reserves as well.

"They won today and we train with them and we all train together as a squad and it's a great day for the club.

"It's the first time I've won a final here, so it's very special. I'm very proud of the boys."

It was an extra special night for Frenchville coach Clayton Rowland, who scored a goal in the club's 2-0 second division grand final win over Capricorn Coast before taking charge of the senior team.

After dominating field position early in the match it wasn't long before Frenchville took advantage of the weight of possession.

Hickey delivered the first blow to Clinton's chances when he blasted a shot past goal keeper Will Hunter's outstretched hand to give the home side an early 1-0 lead.

 

CENTRAL QUEENSLAND PREMIER LEAGUE

PREMIER LEAGUE GRAND FINAL

Frenchville 3 (T Hickey, D Trim, F King goals) def Clinton 0 at Ryan Park on Saturday night.

DIVISION 2 GRAND FINAL

Frenchville 2 (C Rowland, N Borges goals) def Capricorn Coast 0 at Ryan Park on Saturday night.

It was Hickey's first goal in general play since returning to the club after an early season trip to Brazil for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Clinton had an opportunity a couple minutes later but Frenchville's tireless defence foiled that chance, just like they did for the full 90 minutes.

Dogged defender Daniel Trim headed home Frenchville's second goal to provide the club a 2-0 half-time lead and lay the platform for consecutive premiership wins.

Flashy youngster Fortious King sealed the win midway through the second half when he finished off a long-range movement before celebrating with his trademark backflip, known around the grounds as the Forty Flip.

"It's my finishing move. I always have to do one when I score," the 19-year-old said.

"I scored one last year (so) it's good to get a goal in and do another backflip."



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