SOCCER: Central consolidated top spot on the Gladstone Men's Division One ladder with a commanding 5-2 win against fellow contenders BITS.
After an early scare in which BITS had the chance to score, it was all Central as Garth Lawrie helped himself to a hat-trick and Dylan Clark scored the other goal.
Unfortunately for the BITS side, there was an own goal.
Central were 3-0 ahead before BITS' Daniel Hansford gave his team a glimmer to make the score 3-1 at half-time.
Central president Ross Maudsley said it was a complete team effort.
"We had no weak link and our goal-keeper Dave Longdon pulled off a couple of really good saves,” he said.
"It was a good fast game that was played in really good spirits.”
Richard Frost got a late goal to put some respectability for the BITS team, but the damage was done early.
"We just didn't turn up and Central were just first to every ball,” BITS coach Paul Blomfield said.
"We were pretty average right across the park and we hope that this game was just a blip, but full credit to Central.”
Maudsley said the Central club's focus is on youth development.
"Players like Lachlan Silver at right wing and Joel Frost who is 17 played well,” he said.
"We really try and develop young fellas and push them through to play in the first division side.”
Maudsley also said the game held a special significance for a club member who is ill.
"One of the kid's parents has a brain tumour and we had a Beanies for Brain Caner fund-raiser,” he said.
"Thanks to to businesses Everything Uniform and Jump Jump Castles as well as other clubs for their support.”
Meanwhile in the other men's division one matches, Clinton withstood a stern challenge from bottom-placed Yaralla to win 4-3.
Mark Mackintosh kicked a pair of goals either side of the half-time break for Clinton while Bryce Martin also score a brace of goals that kept Yaralla in the match.
Alexander Dalzell then kicked the winner at the 87th minute for Clinton.
BITS recorded a 2-0 win against Central White in the division two men's competition.
Aaron Langdon and Gareth Jones were the scorers for BITS.