By Liam Emerton
With the Frenchville Roos FFA Cup run grabbing most of the Central Queensland Premier League action headlines as of late – there’s been one team flying under the radar.
That team is the Capricorn Coast Eagles who, after another victory on the weekend, sit pretty on top of their perch looking down on the rest of the local soccer competition.
The squad has four wins from four games, knocking off last year’s grand finalist Bluebirds United and 2020 semi-finalists Central FC in back-to-back weeks.
The Yeppoon-based first-grade squad are on top of the CQ Premier League leaderboard with only the aforementioned Frenchville Roos and Clinton FC the only other undefeated sides.
Due to their FFA Cup afflictions, the Roos have managed just two games of the local competition while Clinton have only had one match in the Premier League.
But this week one of those undefeated streaks could come to an end when the Frenchville Roos host Capricorn Coast in what could be an instant-classic.
Any result will still see the Eagles remain at the top, but a win against the current champions could send shockwaves throughout the local competition.
The interesting aspect of the match is that both squads have adopted similar play styles over previous years, starting their attack at the back and making their opposition work for every possession.
And if there’s any player from either squad with a huge boost of confidence it should be Nathan Norris who knocked in an extra-time winner for Central Queensland when facing Wide Bay in a representative match on the weekend.
The round-six contest between the Roos and the Eagles will take place at Ryan Park on Saturday night.
In the other round-six clash, Bluebirds United will be looking to build after finally breaking their 2021 duck in an 8-0 win over Berserker Southside Bears last round.
United finds itself against a tough opponent in the Nerimbera Magpies, who have been pesky for sides to deal with this season.
The first grade squad was only defeated 2-1 by Clinton FC in round five and have already had two tight affairs with competition favourite Frenchville this year.
Nerimbera could double their winning tally and possibly leapfrog the 2020 premiers Frenchville depending on its match against Cap Coast.
The final round-six game has already been played, with Central FC defeating Berserker 8-0 back in April.
In the ladies’ competition Bluebirds United White will host Nerimbera in the match-of-the-round this week.
The two sides currently sit on opposite ends of the confidence scale with Bluebirds knocking off the Gracemere Redbacks 2-0 in round five, and the Magpies going down 13-2 to Clinton in the same round.
Both teams had been playing great football heading into that round so it will be interesting to see if the ladies in black and white can bounce back from that heavy defeat.
The team who handed the Magpies that incredible loss, Clinton FC, will take on Bluebirds United Blue who will be ready to double their victory tally after earning their first win of the season two weeks ago.
The main objective for the team from Webber Park will be to contain Clinton, which have looked unstoppable in front of goal this season, twice scoring 13 goals and once scoring 14 in three of their four matches this season.
After their shock 1-0 win over table topping Central FC two weeks ago, the Capricorn Coast Eagles will travel to Ryan Park to take on the bottom-of-the-table Frenchville Roos.
The Roos put on a much improved performance in round five and will need to find that spirit again when it comes up against the giant-killers Capricorn Coast.
In the final match of the round the aforementioned Central FC will need to bounce back after suffering that 1-0 loss in the CQ Premier League last round when it faces the Gracemere Redbacks.
The Redbacks haven’t had the best start to the season but the promise of potential is within the ladies’ squad.