Central Queensland regional development officer Joe Fenech.
Central Queensland regional development officer Joe Fenech. Sharyn Oneill

Fenech seeks united front

JOE Fenech's vision of uniting the region behind football is fast gaining momentum.

Since his appointment as regional development officer for Central Queensland in November, Fenech has been a regular visitor to Gladstone.

"Club presidents in Gladstone have been very welcoming and my meetings with them have been very positive," he said.

"The difficulties in terms of geography and how CQ rep team players of all ages manage the travel for games and training is an area that all concerned continue to find solutions for in an effort to ensure that the best that the region has to offer actually get to represent the region."

Fenech has already earmarked a Queensland State League game to be played in Gladstone in July.

"This season the Queensland State League is an extended one, with the Cougars having a 24-game fixture list," he said.

"There are 12 home games, one of which is planned for Blackwater, another for Emerald, and perhaps two for Gladstone.

"Certainly one of the Cougars' biggest games, the local derby against Bundaberg Spirit in July, will be played in Gladstone, and I want a big turnout, as that will further convince the powers that be that Gladstone has much to offer as a sporting centre."

On Saturday Fenech will be holding a coaching clinic at Meteors FC and is hoping that local coaches will attend and share their views about how football can be further enhanced in the area.

"I want to work with local coaches to ensure that together we can provide the latest in coaching techniques to players in our care," he said.

"I am very keen to put across that as head coach of the Cougars I represent all the coaches in the region. Their input is very important to me."

The Gladstone clubs are coming together to select a Gladstone representative team to play the Capricorn Cougars on Saturday, February 4 at Wolves FC.

There will be three games.

The first, kicking off at 3pm, will be a women's game, followed by a men's under-21 game, culminating in the main game at 5pm, which will feature a Gladstone rep team against the Capricorn Cougars as they prepare for their QSL season opener on March 10.



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