THE Emerald Eagles' dream run in Central Queensland football's pre-season competition continues after a gutsy 1-0 win over Frenchville at the weekend.
The Eagles winning streak comes just months after the club was granted inclusion in the Rockhampton-based league.
Eagles' interchange turned leading striker, Tim O'Rourke, nailed the side's winning goal 15 minutes into the first half, to secure Emerald a berth in the major semi-final against Nerimbera.
Eagles coach John Salogni said it was a "different" game to their previous encounter against defending CQ premiers Central, with six new players included into the starting line-up.
"We didn't have many chances at goal," Salogni said.
"We slotted one through and showed we can defend.
"To defend a one-goal lead is tough but I had all faith in my boys."
Emerald defender Mario Terranova held similar sentiments for the newly formed Central Highlands club.
"It shows we can adapt to different situations," Terranova said.
"I couldn't fault the 15 who turned up on the weekend.
"We had one player from Blackwater who didn't get a run but he was happy just to be there.
"When it comes down to it, we had the grit and hunger to win."
Despite their relative rookie status, the Eagles have strong form against Nerimbera with two wins from two starts against the Rockhampton club.
Terranova remained supremely confident heading into this weekend's clash.
"We've got the wood over Nerimbera,' he said.
"We've got nothing to lose and going to give it our best... do the region proud."
Coach Salogni warned his CQ opponents this was only the beginning of what he says will be a committed approach to the 2012 season.
"Lets shake this tree and see what monkeys fall out," Salogni said.
"My biggest goal is the end of the year, but this, it's the start of what we planned."
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