FRIENDLY RIVALS: The U15 squads of Callide United and Biloela Valleys played their hearts out in Rockhampton at the David Richards carnival.
FRIENDLY RIVALS: The U15 squads of Callide United and Biloela Valleys played their hearts out in Rockhampton at the David Richards carnival.

Carnival offers up great test for soccer clubs

HIGH intensity and competitive spirit is something the two Biloela soccer clubs, Biloela Valleys and Callide United have in spades.

The U15 squads of Valleys and United travelled to Rockhampton to take part in the

David Richards Carnival held across October 19-20 at Webber Park.

Kellie Wilkie travelled to the carnival where her daughter Zoe represented the Callide United U15 team.

“It’s really good to see the standard and how hard our kids went against them,” Wilkie said.

“Every one of those kids in Valleys and Callide played their hearts out in a really good standard of competition.

“The scores across all our games were tight with our Biloela juniors putting on a strong showing.”

The first game kicked off around 1pm on Saturday with games continuing into the evening then resuming on Sunday morning with the carnival wrapped up by lunch time.

Seven teams across Central Queensland competed with Valleys and United playing six games each.

This was the second edition of the David Richards carnival which is very dear to Martina Hogarth from the Biloela Valleys.

The carnival was set up last year by the Bluebirds FC in honour of David Richards, who passed away from melanoma seven years ago at age 42.

“David was my mom’s partner,” Hogarth said.

“David loved soccer and was a great player who was fair and never held grudges off the field.

“The motto is play hard or go home which is how David played.

“He was Bluebirds from U6s and he became a great part of the club.”

Although United and Valleys ended the carnival in 6th and 7th, both teams were heavily made up of underage players compared to their opponents.

“We have a strong representation of junior girls at Callide United,” Wilkie said.

“All of the girls that played here played for the Central Queensland U16 last year and most of them are still around 13-14 now.

“Quite a lot of the time you saw one boy and five girls on the field for United.”

Callide United’s goalkeeper Jemma Torr was awarded the Player of the Carnival, earning points in every round of the carnival from every coach.

“She’s been Callide’s most outstanding goals keeper for years,” Wilkie said.

“She’s won just about every trophy going.

And of course Valleys and United clashed on the Saturday night with Valleys picking up the wins with some fill-in players from Rockhampton clubs.