The CQFC management team (from left) marketing manager Cecilia Thompson, CEO Tony Xanda, director Sherylene Stevens and head coach Joe Fenech.
The CQFC management team (from left) marketing manager Cecilia Thompson, CEO Tony Xanda, director Sherylene Stevens and head coach Joe Fenech. Chris Ison

Baptism of fire as CQ team debuts against premiers

CENTRAL Queensland Football Club will play reigning Queensland State League premiers Sunshine Coast Fire at Rockhampton in early March for its Australian Premier League debut.

The Fire dominated the now defunct QSL, winning five of the past six premierships.

CQFC technical director and head coach Joe Fenech said he was confident the CQFC players would be up to the task.

"It is certainly a very challenging introduction to the APL but one that I know our players will be looking forward to," Fenech said.

CQFC chief executive Tony Zanda and Fenech attended an APL forum in Brisbane on Saturday, where the draft draw format and the structure of the competition was considered.

The inaugural APL fixtures will be played over three days on March 7-9, and Zanda was confident of securing a Saturday night game when the draw was formally completed in coming weeks.

Zanda said CQFC's acceptance into the APL would provide emerging players from across CQ with a direct path to the A-League.

Trials for the APL men's team are in mid-November, while the junior trials all went well earlier this month.



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