Mariners' Lachlan Wembridge and Pumas' Ronan Kingsbury. Under 13s Junior Soccer between Central Pumas and Mariners.
Mariners' Lachlan Wembridge and Pumas' Ronan Kingsbury. Under 13s Junior Soccer between Central Pumas and Mariners. Paul Braven GLA190517JNRSOCCER

Juniors put best foot forward at trials

SOCCER: Junior players swarmed Clinton Oval at the weekend in an effort to press towards higher footballing honours.

Gladstone was the location for the first of two Intercity Shield round-robin matches with more than 300 players across five fields.

Players travelled from Biloela, Rockhampton and the Capricorn Coast, with age groups ranging from under-11s to U16s.

Michael Colen, one of the event organisers on behalf of Football Central Queensland, was pleased with how well the day was supported.

"It was great to see players and parents from all over the region turn up and utilise the great facilities we have in Gladstone," Colen said.

"We had good support from Football CQ, some local businesses and the Clinton Football Club."

The day offered plenty of juniors a chance to showcase their skills.

"There was good talent from across the whole region," Colen said.

"What was really encouraging was seeing some of the girls coming through. The standard of football was very high across the ages.

"We had a very strong turnout for Gladstone players especially in the U11s and U12 age groups, which is encouraging because you've got players coming through in those age groups that are passionate about the game, keen to be involved and that want to represent Gladstone.

"That was one of the most pleasing aspects."

Round 1 was the first of two selection days with another trial at Rockhampton this weekend.

"During (Sunday's) games there were some selectors going around watching players play and then picking a team which

will go up to the Community Shield which is based in Mackay.

The Community Shield runs during the June/July school holidays providing plenty of incentive for the kids to put their best foot forward at the remaining trial.



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