Blackwater Bandits players tackle it out on home turf, during the weekend soccer carnival.
Blackwater Bandits players tackle it out on home turf, during the weekend soccer carnival.

Bandits a volunteer stronghold

YOU can count Blackwater Bandits Football Club’s volunteer workforce on one hand but when the going gets tough, the Bandits club committee gets tougher.

The tiny Blackwater sporting group was host to a Central Highlands-wide junior carnival at the weekend, pulling off the mission with spectacular precision.

“There’s only five of us so it was a terrific effort,” Bandits president Gary Holt said.

Emerald and Moranbah junior clubs joined Blackwater for the weekend hit-out with all turning out some top-rate performances, not least the Blackwater under-11s who won all three games played.

“As part of the carnival’s rules, when they finish they have all got to give three big cheers for the other team, the coaches and the referee,” Holt said.

The coming together of the Central Highlands clubs also offered Holt the opportunity to thrash out future competition prospects. While discussions were just getting off the ground, it was Holt’s understanding it would likely involve a higher Central Queensland level of competition.

“I just want to bring the local teams a little bit closer – give them something to play for and try and open up the competition a bit,” Holt said.

Emerald will host the next Central Highlands junior tournament later this month.


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