Cougars trio cement star status
CENTRAL Highlands’ three Capricorn Cougars representatives have entrenched their position with the club even further, after coming within a whisker of notching up a rare Cougars victory.
The Tieri-based strike weapons of Hayden Hearne and Ben Millar slotted goals playing in just their second state league game, before a dubious penalty call right on full-time brought their Bundaberg opponents level 3-all.
The Bundaberg draw comes on the back of 5-nil hammering by competition heavyweights Sunshine Coast but still remains a substantial improvement on the Cougars 14-point loss to the same side earlier this season.
There is no doubt the local players have beat an untrodden path for the Central Highlands footballers and set the stage for future stars in the region.
With just one season game remaining for the Cougars against NQ Razorbacks this weekend, the attention has turned to next year and the prospect of future state league gigs.
“We’ve talked about training and keeping the fitness up… they (Cougars) haven’t mentioned anything beyond this season but I’m quite willing to commit,” Millar said last week.
It truly was a baptism by fire for the trail-blazing trio, who within the space of a week, found themselves lining up with local football club Emerald Eagles to playing alongside one of the premier sides in the state competition.
“I was little bit nervous, I guess I didn’t know what to expect really,” Millar said.
“You didn’t have that much time with the ball and your skill on the ball was pressured a lot more.
“It gets you thinking much quicker about the game.”
Millar said he couldn’t have achieved all his recent success without the support from home and the Eagles Football Club.
While he understood his place was with the developing Emerald side, he hoped future starts with the Cougars would allow those just breaking through the chance to shine.
“The support we’ve had has been massive,” he said.
“But it also gives an opportunity for other players to build in the Eagles team and work their own games.”
“The support we’ve had has been massive,” Ben Millar