Nominations for the one-day junior carnival, Emerald’s Barraclough Shield, are still open. This little carnival has been a welcome feature of the Central West region for many years as it provides a great opportunity for various age groups and teams to participate in a well run, fun setting. Details on how to nominate and who to contact can be found on the image attached and flyer below. The carnival will be held on the 29 July.
An exciting new two day carnival will be hosted by Calliope District Football Club at Liz Cunningham Park on 29-3oth of September. This new initiative is open to junior and senior teams across the region and will be played as a six a side format based on the Summer 6’s concept. Fun family activities are planned for the weekend.
For more details and to submit an expression of interest use the contact details on the flyer in this post.
Another local junior carnival is fast approaching with the 2nd holding of the Frenchville Terry Kennedy U10 Carnival on 22 July. The carnival, named after departed long time Frenchville stalwart Terry Kennedy, had its inaugural successful launch last year and looks set to become a regular part of our junior season.
Nominations are now open with details on both the flyer linked below and the Nomination Form and Comp Rules document (also available below).
Bluebirds United FC are calling for nominations for its annual Cec Babbage 6 a side U12 carnival. The carnival will take place on the weekend of 30 June-1 July. A nomination form can be accessed from the post below as can a copy of the carnival rules. Further information can be found via the contact in the image attached.
Cec Babbage Nomination Form
Cec Babbage Rules
Football Central Queensland is proud to welcome the Rockhampton North branch of Birch Carroll & Coyle (BCC) as a sponsor of junior football in the Rockhampton region. General Manager Jim Douglas stated that he was excited to have BCC involved in providing Player of the Match awards that come with vouchers for players to use at the cinema. ‘Juniors who are awarded Player of the Match will have three vouchers they can use to get anything from reduced student tickets with free popcorn to a discount on a small combo when they visit the cinema’, said Douglas. ‘I’d like to thank Becci Davies, General Manager of BCC Rockhampton, for coming on board to support our sport. I look forward to working with BCC on future promotions for our members’, said Douglas.
The awards will be distributed over the coming week to all clubs with junior players currently participating in Rockhampton junior competitions and fixtures.
After the rounds of the Intercity Shield featuring players from several CQ centres, the following players have been selected to represent the zone at the forthcoming FQ Community Cup in Mackay from 8-14 July. This promises to be an exciting tournament with teams featured from across the state. Congratulations to all players and coaches for taking part in our trials and to those who did not make the teams this year, there will always be next year! Thanks go to all the parents for your support as well.
Coaching sessions are underway for all teams as are friendly games in preparation for the cup.
Here are the teams in age group order (note – 14 players for U12s only; the rest have 16 players):
Max Lane- Meier
Andres Giha Carella
Oliver Van Someren
Sam Hodgkinson (Bundy)
Tyler Jacob Bowers
Football Queensland and Total Tools are pleased to announce teenage Brisbane referee Bailey Jacobsen as the March winner of the Total Tools Referee of the Month award.
Jacobsen, 19, will receive a prize courtesy of Football Queensland referee sponsor, Total Tools.
The young referee was nominated by Football Brisbane referee development officer Steve Jones, who said Jacobsen has what it takes to become a top referee.
“Bailey is a quiet, unassuming person who does not like being the centre of attention,” Jones said.
“As a referee you would not know he was on the field until something happens and he is nearly always there, effectively dealing with whatever issues come his way.”
Jones said Jacobsen is a role model for younger referees coming through the ranks.
“He attends all physical training sessions and coaching nights,” Jones said. “He is able to step up to whatever game you appoint him to and officiates every game effectively.
“He has never complained when asked to help on any game, no matter what the age or division.”
Jacobsen said he had no idea he had been nominated for the award.
“It was unexpected,” Jacobsen said.
“Steve (Jones) was one of the main people who has helped me through youth, so it means a lot.
“I just really tried to focus on my refereeing this year and improve on it as much as I can.
“I find it quite enjoyable, it’s something I’ve always been interested in.”
He said his main goal for now is to become a better referee and continue in his development.
“I began refereeing in Rockhampton,” Jacobsen said. ”My brother was playing and they needed someone so I put my hand up and that was it.
“That’s where I really began to focus on it.”
Jacobsen moved to Brisbane in 2013 with his family, since then he has grown from a youth referee and graduated into seniors.
“It’s really taught me skills around conflict management and the ability to talk to people in a heated situation,” he said. “Having a good knowledge of the game is a must, knowing what you are going into.
“Good preparation is key too, whether it’s preparing before the game or getting your fitness up to the level.
“Referees are there to ensure the safety of the players and to ensure everyone is playing by the laws of the game – we make sure the players play a safe and decent game.”
Jacobsen said his recent move to senior football has been challenging, but something he enjoys.
“Moving into seniors I had a few tough situations to deal with, it was a bit daunting when you first get into it, but you just have to keep yourself calm and deal with it,” he said. “I just want to focus on being a better referee.”
“I want to go as far as I can, make my way through seniors at the moment, kicking those little goals and one day end up in the A-League.
Big Weekend in Football Ahead: FFA/Women’s Knockout Cup finals, start of CQ Premier League, Intercity Shield (jnrs)
This coming weekend (23/25 March) may be the last one before the Easter break but it looms as a huge one in the local football calendar.
Apart from the usual fixtures, two early season finals featuring teams from Rockhampton and Gladstone will feature on the Saturday night which also sees the return of the CQ Premier League. As if that wasn’t enough, on Sunday junior rep players from Gladstone, Biloela, Cap Coast and Rockhampton in teams from U11 through to U16, will converge on Norbridge Park in Rockhampton as they try to impress selectors and make the zone teams to travel to Mackay for the FQ Community Cup in July.
Our local final as part of the FFA Cup qualifying process will feature Bluebirds at home to Southside United. Both teams had different passage ways to the final with Bluebirds triumphing 3-1 over last years winner Cap Coast while Southside battled through extra time and penalties to edge past last year’s runner-up Clinton 4-3.
Webber Park will also host the final in our inaugural Women’s Knockout Cup with Gracemere Redbacks, last round winners over Gladstone’s Central 7-0, against Gladstone United who just saw off the promising Bluebirds team 1-0. So a real ‘battle’ of the two cities here! Will last year’s RWL Champions be able to continue that form and overcome a well-coached and newly reinstated United side?
Speaking of that, the CQ Premier League also begins with a bang with Fenchville at home to Clinton in what is a rematch of their first-round clash in the FFA Cup qualifiers. A close game there saw Clinton pip the Roos in penalties after extra time; will the quality Gladstone outfit be able to gain the upper hand and repeat the dose or will a strong and rested Frenchville be able to take advantage of the road-weary Clinton side who are yet to play a game at home in what for them has been a hectic pre-season schedule? Should be a fascinating game.
Gladstone’s Central FC return to the CQ Premier League after a few year’s away this coming weekend facing a tough match away at a rebuilding Nerimbera. Early preseason form makes this one a difficult one to pick although the away team I’m sure will be out to stamp a mark in the competition early on.
Fixtures featuring teams drawn in either of Cup Finals will be rescheduled. See the online draw under Fixtures for details.
Cup Finals & CQ PL Fixtures Saturday 24 March
FFA Cup Zone Qualifying Final
Bluebirds United v Southside United Webber Park 7pm
FCQ Women’s Knockout Final
Gracemere Redbacks v Gladstone United Webber Park 5pm
CQ Premier League Round 1
Division 1 – Frenchville v Clinton Ryan Park 7pm
Division 2 – Frenchville v Clinton Ryan Park 5pm
Division 1 – Nerimbera v Central Pilbeam Park 7pm
Division 2 – Nerimbera v Central Pilbeam Park 5pm
Division 2 – Bluebirds v Emerald Webber Park 3pm
Season commencement and key dates for 2018 (also see Events Calendar for more)
Miniroos U5-U11 – Saturday 17th March Palm Drive
U12 Junior Competitive ONLY – Saturday 17th March Palm Drive
Senior Men and Women – Saturday 17th March – various grounds
Junior Competitive – Friday 20th April – various grounds
Juniors & MiniRoos – 10 March Norbridge Park – competitive matches in March for grading only, not played for points until 14 April (after Easter and on last weekend school holidays)
Community Men – Friday 9 March – various grounds
RWL – Friday 16 March – various grounds
CQ Premier League – 24 March – various grounds
Easter/school holidays – 30 March – 15 April
Grand Finals – juniors and senior community men and women: weekend of 15 September
MiniRoos finish – 8 September
Premier League – 22 September
Brisbane Roar return to Pilbeam Park, home of Nerimbera FC this coming Saturday 3 March for a 2 day clinic. Details on the Active Roar Program flyer here.