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Yaralla off to good start, keen to blitz new season

Yaralla’s Paul Lester and the Marniers Shaun Freeman battle for the ball in the air during first round action.
Yaralla’s Paul Lester and the Marniers Shaun Freeman battle for the ball in the air during first round action. Luka Kauzlaric

PAUL Lester is not dwelling on last year's grand final defeat, shaking the loss off quickly and moving positively into the new season.

Scoring a goal in Yaralla's victory over new team CQ Mariners, Lester was in a good mood after the win.

"I got one goal, it was probably the best one too," he said with a laugh.

Lester's team won the game 3-1 after going to the break locked at a goal apiece, the scorer happy with the start to the season once the win was secured.

A few new faces for Yaralla have kept the competitive drive going.

They are not resting on their solid performances from last year. For Lester, the dream is still alive.

He has a goal in mind, when predicting the result a few months down the track.

"We will probably be undefeated holding up the trophy," he said, bursting into laughter at the prospect.

"That is the goal for me."

While the chances of holding off the five other teams all season are unlikely. Lester can still dream. One week down now in that dream.

He also believes the competition, having no byes this year, with the introduction of the Mariners as a sixth team, will benefit players.

"We don't have those weeks off, so match fitness will be easier," Lester said.

Next week, Yaralla and Lester head out to Biloela for a clash with Valleys, which the centre mid-fielder says will be tough.

"It was humid out on the pitch, so I think next Sunday out there will be hard," he said.

Football results:

Local

Yaralla 3 def CQ Mariners 1

BITS 4 def Clinton 1

Valleys v Meteors- Sunday evening match

CQ Premier

Frenchville 4 def Central 2

Clinton 3 drew Capricorn Coast 3

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