Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Broken Leg Costs Coast No.1 Stopper for Finals

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Broken Leg Costs Coast No.1 Stopper for Finals

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To be contested next weekend

Brisbane Strikers (1) v Whitsunday Miners (4)

Far North Queensland Bulls (2) v Sunshine Coast Fire (3)

FOOTBALL: A cruel twist of fate has robbed custodian Dale Hill of a chance to make his mark in the Queensland State League finals.

Hill fractured a tibia and a fibula during the Sunshine Coast Fire's training session on Thursday night.

It is a brutal blow for the 22-year-old, who has made the goalie's position his own this season.

C[pounds sterling]I've kept three or four clean sheets in a row, so it's disappointing,C[yen] he said yesterday.

C[pounds sterling](But) I can't really get down about this. You've just got to move on and stay positive, otherwise you will never bounce back from it.

C[pounds sterling]It's been good to get almost a full year of state league under my belt. I think I've really come on as a keeper this year, picking up the pace of the game.

C[pounds sterling]I want to get my leg right and we'll then see what happens next year. Obviously, I'll be keen to play at the highest level I can.C[yen]

Hill was awarded a berth at the back after former keeper Antony Hall left the club in the off-season.

Hill played in all but two games this campaign and even retained his spot in the side when Hall returned to the club more than a month ago.

Fire coach Richard Hudson said Hill had blossomed this year from a local league keeper to a state league keeper.

C[pounds sterling]In the last five or six weeks he's been outstanding,C[yen] Hudson said.

C[pounds sterling]This (injury) is just really bad timing. It's horrible for him and it's not good for the team.

C[pounds sterling]He is young and he's not played regularly at this level before, but he's definitely done a great job for us and fingers crossed he'll be back next year. …

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