Clinton coach aims high for new seasonin top league
By CRAIG ROSScraigr@gladstoneobserver.com.au
CLINTON Soccer Club coach Gary Larsen will hope his first season in charge of the Capricornia Soccer League side will prove as fruitful as his first division campaign last year.
Larsen guided the Clinton men's first division outfit to a Gladstone Soccer Federation title last year and believes the club boasts enough young talent to figure strongly in the 10-team CSL premiership.
"It's very promising ? the talent we've got at the club can be built on, especially with all the young guys we have coming through the Colts and the others who've played (CSL) for one or two years,'' Larsen said.
"It's a young side. The 21-22 year olds who played Capricornia last year will be our seniors this year so it's up to them to lead the way and set the example for the other guys coming through.''
Clinton, along with fellow GSF clubs Central and BITS, is expected to field two men's division sides in the revamped CSL competition, which Larsen believes will benefit the club.
"It's a big advantage to have competition for places in the top team,'' he said.
"It's a good thing in any sport. You want players who want to be there, who train hard and get the results.''
While acknowledging that the increased emphasis on integration with Rockhampton district clubs was not to everyone's liking, Lar-sen believed it would provide Gladstone's outstanding junior prospects with a direct avenue to higher honours in the game.
Larsen, who plans to have a run in the second Clinton side, has spent 32 years at the club since first lacing up a boot as a six-yearold.
During that time, he has played under many coaches and hopes to combine the lessons learnt in his playing days with his own ideas to guide the youngsters through what is certain to be a hard-fought competition.