Juniors brave rain, heat at trials
SOCCER: Hot, humid and damp conditions didn't deter junior boys and girls from strutting their stuff at the Gladstone Quad Series soccer trials at the weekend.
Soccer was one of the few sports to go ahead in Central Queensland over the past few days due to poor weather, and juniors across six age divisions descended on Brain Niven park for the second weekend of trials.
Clinton Football Club juniors president Darryl Edgerton said the juniors thoroughly enjoyed testing themselves in trying conditions.
"The boys (on Saturday) played in the steamy post-rain in the sun so it was very humid, but the (U15) girls and (U11 and U12) boys were in a very heavy downpour but they just kept on playing and had an absolute ball," Edgerton said.
"It wasn't the best for the pitch and it got a bit of wear and tear out of it, but the teams need to be selected so we can make this program work so we had to push ahead."
The juniors were vying for places in the recently rebranded Intercity Shield.
"The Intercity Shield is a representative program that's taken the place of the Intercity Cup," Edgerton said.
"It's designed for community players to have a representative pathway through to the Community Cup in Mackay.
"We've had two out of three trials so far to form those teams and there will be another set of trials this weekend and from that the teams will be finalised."
Selected players will still need to impress at a further set of trials next month.
"We play two rounds of games on March 18 and 25 with one round in Gladstone and the other in Rockhampton at Norbridge Park," Edgerton said.
"From there they'll select a CQ squad in each age group to go and play the Community Cup in Mackay in the June/July holidays."
Clinton FC will host the March 18 round.
Edgerton was pleased with the players who turned out for the trials, with a strong emphasis placed on players attending all three weekends in order for selectors to make an informed decision.
"Most of the age groups had a good turnout so we should be able to pick some strong squads to represent Gladstone," he said.
"You've got to be a Gladstone club player to be involved in the trials... there's a good representation from most of the clubs."
The final trial round takes place at Brian Niven Park on March 3-4.