TALENT: Under-12 age soccer will be replaced with U13 level under the new Intercity Shield format.
TALENT: Under-12 age soccer will be replaced with U13 level under the new Intercity Shield format. Mike Richards GLA230416U12S

Young players on trial this weekend

SOCCER: Trial matches for the first round of Intercity Shield games next month continue this weekend in Gladstone for junior soccer players.

Starting today from 5.30-6.45pm at Brian Niven Fields, players for the under-14 and U13 boys, and U11 and U13 girls, will be put through their paces in their quest to earn spots in Gladstone teams for the first round of the Intercity Shield games on March 18.

There will be two more trial sessions tomorrow from 8-10.30am respectively for U16 and U15 boys.

Sunday's training session from U15 girls, and U12 and U11 boys is from 8.30-9.45am.

Football Central Queensland general manager Jim Douglas said the Intercity Shield games, which continue on March 25 in Rockhampton, are essentially trial matches for the Football Queensland Community Cup to be held in Mackay from July 8-14.

"The primary function of the FQ Community Cup is talent identification for players not currently inside the advanced player pathway," he said.

"As our zone currently does not have any Queensland Premier League or National Premier League clubs, this is a fantastic opportunity for our talented players to get noticed by those in the advanced pathway system."

The Intercity Shield will also feature players and teams from Biloela, Capricorn Coast, Rockhampton and possibly Emerald.

Douglas said there were big numbers in the trial matches for Intercity Cup selection last weekend.

"The trials in Gladstone and Rockhampton last weekend saw nearly 150 players take part, which for something that has been largely unannounced is fantastic," he said.

"With so many details hanging in the air it's been a challenge to get to this point."



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