BITS set for big soccer season opener



BITS Soccer Club begins a new chapter in its history when its first division side steps on to the park to contest a Capricornia Soc- cer League premiership match for the first time tonight.

BITS will be the only Gladstone district CSL outfit in action to- night with the Clinton versus Central showdown postponed un- til next month due to an unavail- ability of other venues.

BITS coach Grant Nicolson and his charges face a tough test first up in the shape of Rockhampton outfit Southside United.

While Southside finished sixth last season, the visitors' squad features several talented young- sters who will have benefitted from experience gained last year.

The return of brothers Michael and Matthew Bettridge from Bris- bane and CQU Berserker respec- tively, and Joe Burke (Brisbane) ensures Southside also have some cool heads to provide direction.

However, BITS will be full of enthusiasm in front of a home crowd and will rely on the likes of captain Ryan Cavanagh and re- turning pair Lee Veenhoven (Brisbane) and John Martin (inju- ry) to take control.

In other matches Bluebirds United meet Cap Coast at Webber Park, CQU Berserker take on Frenchville at Elizabeth Park and Nerimbera Brothers host Par-kana at Pilbeam Park.



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