GCFC coach and Tweed Daily News columnist Guy McKenna.
GCFC coach and Tweed Daily News columnist Guy McKenna.

Final chances to see 'old' carrara

IF you are yet to go along to see our talented under-18 TAC Cup side in action at the soon to be demolished Carrara Stadium, I encourage you to do so.

You have one of two chances left to see the future of the Gold Coast Football Club in action beginning with tomorrow's clash against 12th placed Bendigo Pioneers.

This weekend signifies the penultimate game at the 'old' Carrara as its going to be known.

The game doubles as the curtain raiser to the QAFL heavyweight clash between the Southport Sharks and the Northern Territory, so fans can get a double whammy of quality football.

We've got a great track record at home, boasting a 7-1 win record this season.

They've all been epic encounters too, with four being decided by seven points or less.

Bendigo is going to be at full strength this week, with all their school kids available, so we know that they will come out firing.

The bye last weekend provided us with a good opportunity to do some testing with the boys.

We gave them the weekend off and set about checking their progression in some key areas.

After having last weekend off with a bye, we're refreshed and hungry to build momentum ahead of the looming finals series.

Once we beat Bendigo (hopefully) in front of home fans we then travel south to play third placed Gippsland Power.

That will be our first real test of where we stand ahead of finals, and ahead of our final fixture for the season at home to competition leaders Geelong Falcons on August 29.

After the Falcons game in two weeks, it will be a sad time in some respects, but definitely an exciting time with a state of the art boutique stadium being built and ready for 2011.

This week's game will be a great place to take the family with Kids Zone featuring GCFC players, along with face painting, balloon artists and maybe even a visit from the mascot.

The gates open at 10am with free admission, and the game starts at 10.30am.

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LAST week Queensland Premier Anna Bligh and Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Anthony Albanese, announced that Watpac has been appointed as managing contractor of our new multi-million dollar AFL Stadium at Carrara.

Bligh said Watpac progressed through a competitive tender process for the construction of what will no doubt be an iconic and unique venue, purpose built for our Queensland lifestyle.

The AFL Stadium will support 350 jobs, increase tourism and build the infrastructure that the Gold Coast needs for the future.

I had my own little wish list for the stadium and what I'd hoped to see in it, and from the plans I've witnessed everything looks pretty good.

Obviously the facility will be state of the art, but from a playing and coaching point of view I simply wanted the biggest possible warm up and recovery areas, and a nice lounge to meet in, and from what I've seen they have obliged.

Where we are most fortunate is that we will not only have the nice new stadium for game day, but also a purpose built training and administration building.

It's in there that the rest of the little mod cons like a hyperbaric chamber and the likes will be housed.

We're not going to spend money ensuring such facilities are in the stadium, because the stadium will also be used for cricket matches and other sporting events.

The beauty of the way we are setting up is that we can easily expand.

Most grounds have used all the space available for an impressive stadium, but then they have no more room, where we, like Adelaide are doing AAMI, can expand easily and quickly, as and when finances and supporter numbers warrant it.

It's exciting times for us all at GCFC.

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