NICE TACKLE: Brett McEvoy wins the ball against Ballandean. Photo: Ewan Leighton
NICE TACKLE: Brett McEvoy wins the ball against Ballandean. Photo: Ewan Leighton

Dopson reflects on start to season

WITH a weekend break ahead for Granite Belt footballers, Football Stanthorpe president Ian Dopson and player said he was happy with how the competition had fared so far.

The Carlton mid-fielder said all grades had kicked off and some good football had been played.

"The ladies kicked off last weekend, and although inclement weather was on hand, the style of football I witnessed between that of Carlton and United was terrific considering the conditions," Dopson said.

"I think with the results so far, the Ladies division may be closest amongst all grades, however City still remain favourites in my opinion.

"United in the Colts division are a formidable force. I think that if City can get the same 11 on the park week in and out they may prove a force to be reckoned with.

"Inter and Ballandean have sides that will frustrate the more fancied teams and are very capable of causing an upset.

"The only disappointment was that Carlton could not field a side this year. They came close but fell agonisingly short of a squad."

The men's competition is already into the fourth week and Dopson said he felt City and United were the teams to beat.

But he said Inter had proven to be a capable team not to be underestimated.

"City have an enthusiasm and style which can be attributed not only to their players but also coach Frank (Arcidiacono) that will trouble all sides for the remainder of the season," he said.

"United with their depth are again at the forefront and are the side to chase down.

"Inter are the surprise packet thus far, I think, with a wonderful blend of experience and youth working wonders."

The first few rounds of the season have coincided with a period of rain for the Granite Belt which has worn into the once smooth pitches.

Dopson said CF White Oval was playing quick but was muddy, with the cricket pitch still in the middle of the field.

He said games were also being wrapped up earlier in the day due to the lighting situation at the oval.

"The association, with assistance from the juniors, are doing everything in their powers to ensure games are concluded earlier seeing there is no lighting at present," Dopson said.

"The sports association in conjunction with Stanthorpe's sports co-ordinator, Michael Jensen, are lobbying extremely hard to have this remedied as soon as possible.

"All should be congratulated for the efforts so far but I know all concerned won't be happy until we have lights again.

"Many thanks go to junior league who have allowed City and Carlton to train on Crisp Oval. Both clubs are extremely appreciative for the helping hand provided."

The next fixtures will take place on Wednesday night.

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