Footballers face test for talent

TRIALS ahead of the Stanthorpe junior football season are well under way, with players still registering after two round-robin weekends.

Junior football delegate for Football Stanthorpe Ray Mattiazzi said almost 200 people had already signed up.

"We're possibly looking at six junior colts teams but we've got to make a decision about that," Mattiazzi said.

"This weekend is the last weekend of trials and then we're going to be selecting teams."

The season proper will kick off on May 5 and Mattiazzi said he hoped to have an even spread of talent by kick-off.

"What we're trying to do is make sure we don't have teams that are too strong," he said.

"Numbers are probably a little down on last year but the last two weekends we've had people sign on and we're anticipating more.

"There's always room for players."

Mattiazzi also said there were opportunities for more coaches, declaring that there were some talented young players in the competition and coaches were needed to help develop the skills.

He said it was important young players received proper guidance at a junior level before moving on to senior teams.

"We're hoping to have coaches from clubs and interested people to help with coaching from the 6s right through to junior colts," he said.

Meanwhile, Mattiazzi said the CF White Oval was still showing the effects of the cricket season but the junior fields were looking good after a wet summer.

Those interested in signing up for the junior football competition should head to the CF White clubhouse on Saturday.

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