Thursday, February 15, 2024


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Football Matters with Cyclops

The 2024 football season started last Saturday for Burdekin FC. The Panthers were away to Estates in the Kappa Cup. It was a good start to the season with the Panthers winning 2-1 at Victoria Park in Townsville.

The boys were keen to get into their first fixture of the year. The Panthers always seem to do well in the Cup and wanted to continue that. Burdekin started well with Matthew Kolb hitting the post with a well drilled left foot shot. With lots of short, sharp passing, the Panthers were able to find pockets of space, and eventually got the breakthrough they deserved after Jay Leckenby in the box, laid a nice pass to Ryan Scodellaro who from just outside the penalty area calmly placed his left foot shot in the bottom left-hand corner of the net.

Estates fought back, growing into the game and with the Panthers fitness levels lacking, Burdekin were on the back foot for the last twenty minutes of the first half, and under pressure. Estates got their reward just before half time to go into the break all square at 1-1. Burdekin came out in the second half trying to play like they had in the first twenty minutes and the game was far more evenly poised. The Panthers went ahead with fifteen minutes to go when Elliot Dal Santo, unmarked at the back post, calmly headed in a cross. 

Congratulations to Jarrod Dal Santo who made his first team starting debut and to Oscar Licciardello who was named on the bench for the first time, a step up in his football career. The Panthers now play JCU Riverway in the next round of the Cup. The match is at International Park this Saturday night at 7.00.

Training at International Park is on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6.30 pm for men and Wednesdays at 6.00 pm for women.

Junior Registration for the 2024 season closed on Sunday. There are nearly 200 juniors nominated for the season, great numbers!  Coaches will be getting together during the week to pick teams for each age group. The first pre-season game will be this Saturday, at times to be determined. 

Keep an eye out on your emails and Facebook for any information this week leading up to the first pre-season game. The MiniRoos Coaching Clinic will be held on 25th February from 4:30pm- 6:30pm, This is a Free Coaching Clinic.

Read Football Matters with Cyclops on the Burdekin FC Facebook page.

Contributed by Richard Samwell

Elliot Dal Santo. Photo supplied

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