READY TO PLAY: The CQ Mariners under 12s will battle it out at Brian Niven Park on Saturday.
READY TO PLAY: The CQ Mariners under 12s will battle it out at Brian Niven Park on Saturday. CONTRIBUTED

One mission for elite under-12 CQ Mariners

THE Gladstone-Rockhampton rivalry has been extinguished ahead of the first football game of the season between the two under-12 CQ Mariners sides.

Gladstone will play in a practice match against Rockhampton at Brian Niven Park on Saturday.

Gladstone midfielder Charlie MacDonald and Rockhampton central defender Ben Marsden have the same approach to the game.

"It doesn't matter who wins, it's not about winning," they both said in separate interviews.

Charlie said it was about developing as a team.

"We have been training since November, so we are keen to play," he said.

"I trained with the Rockhampton team last Sunday and we will have to watch out for their player Jardell."

Marsden is hoping for big things this year.

"We just want to progress as footballers," he said.

"We have a good team this year with a lot of chemistry. We will play well."

Interim technical director Gordon MacDonald said the new CQ Mariners structure was opening up a pathway.

"We are taking part in the challenge and will travel to Wide Bay, Fraser Coast and Brisbane, Mackay and Rockhampton," he said.

"Its exciting times ahead for the talented players."



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