GLADSTONE'S keenest players and most admiring football fans will finally get the chance for a second match in 2014, when the Miniroos run onto the fields on Saturday.
After a sporadic start for the smallest players in the area, and the adoring parents and grandparents, the year has seemed a long one waiting for the matches to come around.
Held back from crossing the side line and kicking goals by Easter, Anzac Day and school holidays, plus a rained out week, talent will be ready to explode come Saturday morning.
Competition manager Chris Ashby says the 102 teams still have a lot of good football to play.
"It ends on August 30, so it works out they still have about 14 or 15 games to play throughout the year," he said.
"From September we start having the finals."
Miniroos make up the vast majority of football players in Gladstone, and Ashby said while not playing more than one match this year is annoying, it may be a blessing as well.
The competition has space for more players, rain and holidays meaning newcomers will not have missed much play.
"If anyone is still interested in playing they can sign up to their local club," he said.
"They have only missed one round and can still sign up at any stage of the season."
In one bonus for the keen, young athletes, the rain and hard work from the groundsman has the fields in top condition.
"The grounds are looking absolutely fantastic," Ashby said.
Gladstone's football teams
- Miniroos- 102
- Junior boys and girls- 30
- Senior men- 20
- Senior women- 10
- Total teams- 162 teams
- Total players- 1600+