Local girls head Easter soccer charge
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
THE BEST under-14 girls soccer players from across Queensland will converge on the Harbour City at Easter when Gladstone hosts the Soccer Queensland Sea FM state titles.
Twelve teams from the length and breadth of the Queensland coast are coming for the threeday titles starting on Saturday March 26.
Matches will be played in around-robin format over the first two days before the finals series on Monday, March 28.
It is the first time Gladstone has hosted the state junior titles and carnival co-ordinator John Lamberton said preparations are travelling nicely.
'We have been working very hard to ensure everything is in place and things are travelling well at the moment,' Lamberton said.
Gladstone finished sixth at last year's titles in Brisbane and have been drawn to play against Far North Queensland, Mackay, North Queensland and Brisbane Red.
Lamberton believes Gladstone can perform strongly as the home town team, but added the competition is going to be pretty tough.
'We have a good team with a lot of talent with the girls from Gladstone and Biloela, but the level of our opponents is always difficult.
'It was a great effort to finish in sixth spot last year and if we could improve on that this year considering the regions we are up against that will be a massive achievement.
'The teams to watch look to be the Sunshine Coast, the three Brisbane teams and Far North Queensland,' he said.
Lamberton also mentioned the girls have been training since November last year under the guidance of respected local coach Marion O'Keefe.
The weekend will also feature the prestigious Cochrane Cup under-12 girls competition where Gladstone are hoping to perform well.