Emerald Eagles coach John Salogni and goalkeeper Glenn Gilmore, before the upcoming match with the Capricorn Cougars in Blackwater.
Emerald Eagles coach John Salogni and goalkeeper Glenn Gilmore, before the upcoming match with the Capricorn Cougars in Blackwater.

Eagles set for historic clash

THE Emerald Eagles premier men's side will get their first serious chance to prove to the Central Queensland football community that they mean business in 2012, when they clash with the Capricorn Cougars premier side in Blackwater tomorrow.

The Eagles' hit-out with the Queensland State League club, has been labelled as a first of its kind for the game in the Central Highlands.

With so much anticipation as to what will unfold, the game heralds all the hallmarks of an end of season grand final.

But for the Eagles premier men's coach John Salogni, this is just the beginning.

"Twelve months ago, a game like this would have been unheard of," Salogni said.

"They're making history."

A trial match perhaps, but competition nevertheless, and a must win Salogni said if they were to stamp themselves a credible reputation in the upcoming central Queensland league.

"They (the players) have to go out there angry. They have to want it," he said.

"We are all brothers. Every time we step on to that park, it's a battlefield."

Salogni said they would be relishing their underdog tag.

"I love that stuff. I love to be underestimated. Give it to me every game," he said.

Tieri's Ben Millar will captain the side. The premier men's kick-off tomorrow at 6pm at Hunter Street Sports Complex in Blackwater.


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