Clinton powers on for another big year of junior football

Clinton Junior Football Club is hoping to enjoy much success in 2014.
Clinton Junior Football Club is hoping to enjoy much success in 2014. Luka Kauzlaric

ORGANISING a huge 34 teams, week in week out, is a difficult job, one Clinton Junior Football Club was presented with constantly in 2013.

Back for another dig at being a junior powerhouse, entering the most teams in Gladstone Junior Football, Clinton is not fazed by the task at hand.

In fact, the club is embracing the challenge, venturing into the realms of mystery with a sign-on day which could feature anywhere up to 400 excited young-football lovers.

"Players of all standards, both boys and girls, including those new to the game are very welcome," publicity officer Julie Ware said.

"We cater for players who want to play social with their mates, or others who want to challenge themselves."

Offering a pathway for junior to progress all the way through to CQ Premier League, Clinton finds itself being a hub of success, with players progressing through the system in big numbers.

A prime example of this is Mikayla Ralph, who began at the club in under-6s and has been as high as the Australian All-Star level.

Clinton and Gladstone have become powerhouses of Central Queensland Football.

While the highest number of players head off to Clinton, Yaralla enjoyed its own success in the 2013 season, even with just 12 teams compared to Clinton's 34.

Yaralla won the girls' under-14 grand final in 2013, and is hoping to add to the success in the forthcoming season.

Both clubs will hold sign-on days this weekend, Clinton on Saturday and Yaralla on Sunday.

Sign-on days:

Time: Saturday 12-4pm (Clinton) and Sunday 11-3pm (Yaralla).

Where: Clinton Oval (Clinton) and Yaralla Oval (Yaralla).

Bring: Yourself, birth certificate (new players) and a good attitude.

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