Top football on show
STANTHORPE'S footballing prowess will be on show on Saturday, when three football clubs from around the state descend on International Club.
Local representative teams will warm up the pitch for the main match between South West Thunder and the Moreton Bay United Jets, whose starting line-up features former A-league stars Royce Brownlie and Karl Dodd.
The women's match will kick off the triple bill at 3.30pm against the South West Thunder under 18 squad.
Coach Jaye Messina said the local women would need to be on the ball to secure a victory.
"We respect the exceptional ability the under 18 Thunder girls will demonstrate," she said.
"I am very impressed to see all our players working hard and aim to reproduce this on game day."
The men's game will follow at 5pm, with Stanthorpe shaping up against the University of Southern Queensland.
After suffering a 4-0 defeat to USQ last year, the Stanthorpe lads will have a score to settle.
Lastly, players will have the chance to sit back and watch some quality football, when the Jets clash with South West Thunder at 6.45pm.
A full canteen will be running and it promises to be a great family night out.
Assistant coach Steve McEvoy said organisers were overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of local players.
"In previous years, it's been hard to find players but there's been a real change in attitude," he said.
"People want to represent the town, which is great."
The response puts Stanthorpe in good stead to host more representative football matches.
Junior players are reminded there will be a free coaching clinic on Sunday morning.
At the clinic they will have the chance to meet Royce Brownlie and Karl Dodd. Running for about an hour, the clinic is open to all age levels up to junior colts.
Interested players should be at Inter Club by 10am on Sunday.