FOOTBALL: Football in the Central Highlands isn't dead, it's just taking a different direction this year.
After withdrawing from the CQ Premier League earlier this year, the Emerald Eagles have decided to take a new direction and are planning on forming a Central Highlands League.
Club captain Glenn Gilmour said the competition would kick off in May and the club was currently taking expressions of interest for teams.
He hopes to start the season with four teams of 15 to play 11-a-side games on Saturdays, either weekly or fortnightly, depending on feedback from teams.
"It would be based on a community competition but somewhat serious,” Gilmour said.
"We're looking to get everyone from the area and it will run through the Emerald Eagles, not the CQ League.
"All the games will be run in Emerald, featuring two matches each game day.
"The main thing is to keep something going on in town, especially for the young ones, the 16 to 17-year-olds who've been training.”
Gilmour said finding minimum numbers each week for the CQ League just became too hard but he was hoping recruiting players for a local competition would be easier.
"A lot have said if the competition was local they'd be happy to play,” Gilmour said.
"We're hoping for four teams.
"We aim to make it a positive for all to be involved in the CH League so we are definitely looking to make it work.”
He said if they recruited enough to take part in the competition, there would be enough to play proper rules and keep the standard of play high.
In the lead-up to the season in May, the club is holding training nights on Tuesdays and Thursdays and the six-a-side competition will commence again on April 18.
Gilmour said any player looking to get involved in the club was welcome to come down and train.
The anticipated FFA Cup match between the Emerald Eagles and Cap Coast was postponed on the weekend.
"It was postponed due to a couple of reasons,” Gilmour said.
"We are still waiting on word from the league though I'm hoping to have an answer by the end of the week.
"Quite a few games got postponed.”
For anyone interested in joining a team in the CH League, Gilmour said to get in contact with the club via its Facebook page.