2021 has been a year of significant change for football on the Central Coast with a number of sweeping reforms implemented across the region.
In the Central Coast 2021 Year in Review, we celebrate the achievements, highlights and progress the Central Coast football community has made in the past 12 months.
FRENCHVILLE FC MAKING FFA CUP HISTORY
Frenchville FC went on a record breaking FFA Cup run in 2021 progressing to Round 6 of the knockout competition. The Central Coast outfit defeated Wide Bay heavyweights Across the Waves FC before Football Queensland Premier League side Magpies Crusaders United FC ended their run in a dramatic 1-0 victory.
CENTRAL COAST INTERCITY CUP
The Central Coast Intercity Cup was introduced in 2021 providing a brand-new representative tournament for senior players in the region. Select teams from Central Coast and Wide Bay came together at the Frenchville Sports Club to battle it out for the title of Intercity Cup Champions. Central Coast triumphed 6-0 in the women’s match and won 4-3 on penalties in the men’s fixture.
KAPPA WOMEN’S SUPER CUP
The Kappa Women’s Super Cup is a historic new state-wide women’s knockout tournament providing women’s teams from around the state with the opportunity to come up against opposition from other regions and leagues. Central FC wrote their name in the history books progressing to the regional quarter final of the competition clashing with Brothers Townsville.
The Intercity Shield took place in Rockhampton this year providing additional development and playing opportunities as well as talent identification for junior players to be selected for the FQ Community Cup. Central Coast teams competed against each other in a fantastic showcase for young local talent with Central Coast South taking out the under 10 and 11’s, while Central Coast North won the under 14’s. Congratulations to all teams, coaches and players who participated in the tournament.
EXCHANGE GAMES GIVES JUNIOR PLAYERS A TASTE OF ADVANCED LEVEL COMPETITION
The first ever Central Coast Exchange Games saw junior teams from across the region go head-to-head in August. The Exchange Games were introduced to give local junior players their first taste of advanced level competition also exposing them to inter-zone travel. Local players from 11 Central Coast clubs in under 12 to under 16 age groups played across five venues in Rockhampton and Gladstone in a successful day of high-quality competition.
CQPL GRAND FINALS
The Central Queensland Premier League Men’s and Women’s Grand Finals were live streamed for the first time ever reaching more than 5,900 people. Congratulations to CQPL Women’s Champions Central FC and CQPL Men’s Champions Frenchville FC on their victories. Re-live all the action of the Men’s and Women’s matches on YouTube.
CENTRAL COAST NORTH v MAGPIES CRUSADERS UNITED
A Central Coast North representative squad travelled to Mackay earlier this year to play Football Queensland Premier League side Magpies Crusaders United FC Men’s and under-23 sides in a preseason exhibition match. Congratulations again to those players and coaches who participated in the match.
COUNTRY SELECT SQUAD
Congratulations to Charlotte Poyser, Majella Cedric, Jamie Clark, Reuben Evans, Noah Witton-Oates, Riley Thomas and Jack Bramall on being selected in their respective 2021 Country Select squads. Players were selected for their consistent positive attitude, exceptional performance and commitment throughout the season.
REFEREE DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES PLENTIFUL FOR CENTRAL COAST MATCH OFFICIALS
Match Officials on the Central Coast were treated to a number of development opportunities and represented the region at a host of tournaments this year. Match Officials attended a Laws of the Game Workshop updating and preparing them for the 2021 season, officiated at FQ Academy Carnivals and the FQ Community Cup. Special mention to the following referees who officiated at the FQ Community Cup, FQ Academy matches and CQPL Grand Finals: Izaiah Stuart, Marshall Wilson-Hewetson, Juane Saayman, Bailey Love, Lily Storch, Monica Lama, Lilliahn Adnum, Jaami Dyne, Thomas Perna, David Perna, Jason Cummins, Kerrod Green and Sam Williams.
To cap off an amazing year of growth and reform, we acknowledged the achievements and accomplishments of players, coaches, referees, clubs and volunteers in the 2021 virtual awards week. The week of celebration saw awards presented to members of the football community across a range of competition and community categories. Congratulations to all award winners on their outstanding achievements.
FUTSAL RETURNS TO THE CENTRAL COAST
Futsal relaunched in Rockhampton with over 200 players joining to get active, fine-tune their technical skills and have fun with mates during the off-season. The futsal season will take a break over the holidays returning in February for the final few rounds and finals.
INAUGURAL GIRLS UNITED SOCIAL CARNIVAL A HUGE SUCCESS
Girls United social football was launched to provide more playing opportunities for women in a relaxed and inclusive environment outside of traditional 11-a-side football. In the Central Coast region the first ever Girls United social carnival was held in Gladstone with teams from Hervey Bay, Callide, Rockhampton and Gladstone coming together to celebrate women and girls in football.
FQ APPOINTS COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT OFFICER
Football Queensland welcomed Community Engagement Officer Zoe Peters to the team in March based in Rockhampton. Zoe has made a significant impact in 2021 delivering a range of football initiatives including the relaunch of futsal in Rockhampton, MiniRoos Kick-Off programs, Sporting Schools and more.
WALKING FOOTBALL AND FUTSAL ROAD TRIP
The Football Queensland team hit the road earlier this year on the regional futsal and walking football road trip. FQ delivered free walking football and futsal come and try sessions at local schools and for the football community in Rockhampton, Emerald and Gladstone.
CQPL WOMEN’S GRAND FINAL TROPHY NAMED GWEN FOX CUP
In honour of one of Central Queensland’s longest-serving and best-loved administrators, the CQ Premier League Women’s grand final trophy was named the Gwen Fox Cup. Gwen served the game for over 50 years as president, secretary, registrar and manager for various football teams and organisations in the region. Grand final winners Central FC were presented with the inaugural trophy by Gwen herself.
REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN RELEASED
The Central Coast Regional Development Plan was released this year in a major boost for the Central Coast football community. Aligning with the Football Queensland Strategic Plan and the objectives it outlines, the Regional Development Plan has been designed to meet the needs of the Central Coast region through the implementation of localised strategies and programs. Across the four pillars of Participation, Infrastructure, Clubs and Community and Leadership and People, Football Queensland will deliver new development opportunities and high-quality, accessible participation experiences for all involved in our game in the region.
CENTRAL COAST ADVISORY COMMITTEE ELECTED
Following the Football Queensland Central Coast Extraordinary General Meeting a new FQ Central Coast Advisory Committee has been elected. Formation of Zone Advisory Committees is a key part of the implementation of the Future of Football 2020+ reforms and will allow the Central Coast football community to reap the benefits of a modern, streamlined, efficient governance and administrative framework.