Eyes on Roar and Clinton, while local football also resumes

THE Brisbane Roar beat Melbourne Victory 1-0 to make it to the grand final for the third time in four seasons and will face stiff opposition when they host Western Sydney Wanderers at Suncorp Stadium in the grand final tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Clinton FC has advanced in the FFA Cup, after coming back from a goal down to beat Rockhampton's Southside United 3-2 last weekend.

Clinton continues to fly the flag for central Queensland and I urge every football fan to go and support them when and if they manage to get a home tie.

It is incredible how they have now drawn away in each of their three knock-out matches thus far.

That said, if they continue to win, then long may that last.

Local football resumes this weekend after a lengthy break due to school holidays, Anzac Day and Easter.

The InterCity Cup squads in both Rockhampton and Gladstone have been selected and training has commenced.

The first fixture is expected to be on Sunday, May 11.

The InterCity Cup competition involves Gympie, Maryborough, Hervey Bay, Bundaberg, Rockhampton and Gladstone, with Mackay likely to be involved also.

This is an opportunity for our players to test themselves against the best from other regions and catch the eye of state selectors.

The competition fixtures have been set for Sundays, so that players do not miss out on playing for their clubs on Friday nights and Saturdays.

The Gladstone InterCity Cup squads will be coached by: Ron Elliott for the under-12s; Jeff Jackson the U13s; Robert Cobb the U14s; while the U15/16 squad will be coached by Gary Larsen.

The player selection trials were very well-attended.

As is always the case, there were many good players this time around who narrowly missed out on selection.

But that is a sign of how strong the area is and a credit to all local clubs who continue to develop so many good players to such a high standard.

I am confident that all the players selected will make the region proud.

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