RUN: Chris Visentin chases down Neil Newman. The 2012 Stanthorpe football season hits round two this weekend.
RUN: Chris Visentin chases down Neil Newman. The 2012 Stanthorpe football season hits round two this weekend. Samantha Wantling

Keen for second round

AN EXCITING start to the Stanthorpe football season has Football Stanthorpe president Ian Dopson keen for round two to kick off at Ballandean this weekend.

There will be another three games played at the southern club.

Ballandean and City will lock horns in the A-grade and Colts leagues, while Inter and Carlton will do battle in the second A-grade fixture of the day.

Dopson said it had been a good start to what he expected to be an even season in all competitions.

"United are always going to put out a good team (in all grades), all their players know what to do," Dopson said.

"Ballandean: we played them (in the A-grade) on the weekend and they struggled for players.

"They've still got a few players to come in, like other teams.

"It's about getting the right 11 on the field at the one time."

But it's perhaps the women's competition that will be the closest contest.

Dopson believed all teams were in with a chance.

"Everyone's lost some players; Carlton lost seven, United lost a few and City, too," he said.

"I think City should be favourites.

"But they're still a few weeks off their first game.

"The dark horse may be Tenterfield."

Despite the positive start to the season, Dopson said player numbers were a concern.

Carlton Colts failed to field a team this season and Dopson said it was becoming harder to find players.

"It's probably the first time since the Colts inception that Carlton haven't been able to field a side," he said.

"It's unfortunate that our juniors are heading off to Brisbane and elsewhere.

"Players who would like to hang up their boots are in the situation where they have to play."

But as long as players show up on the day, the game must go on - and so it will this weekend.

Supporters are sure to be treated to another great weekend of football.

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