BACK THE BOYS: Australia's Tim Cahill will play his fourth World Cup.
BACK THE BOYS: Australia's Tim Cahill will play his fourth World Cup. Tim Ireland

How Fraser Coast clubs will support the Socceroos' opener

FOOTBALL: It is the moment for which Australian football fans have waited four years.

The Socceroos will starts its FIFA World Cup campaign tomorrow night against world No.7-ranked France, the 1998 World Cup winners who start the tournament as not only the favourite to top Group C but one of the best favourites for the tournament win.

An 8pm kick-off makes the match Australia's spectator-friendly game, and Fraser Coast football clubs are doing all they can to celebrate.

At Hervey Bay Sports Club, the Wide Bay Premier League match between KSS Jets and Doon Villa will kick-off at the earlier time of 5.30pm.

Jets coach Phil Rimmer said the club and its supporters will gather at the club to catch the Socceroos in action.

It will also allow enough time for Magpies players and fans to get back to "the Shed” at Villa Park, Maryborough, to catch the start of the game.

Rimmer said his troops would be ready to play, but faced a tough challenge.

Doon Villa is second on the WBPL table, and is coming off a dominant 8-2 win against United Park Eagles.

"It will be a big ask, they're a hot team at the moment but hopefully we'll have most of our top squad back,” he said.

Two consecutive 5-2 wins has Sunbury in hot form ahead of its clash with Brothers Aston Villa.

With a 6pm kick-off, expect to see players sprint to the showers as soon as the vital fixture ends so they can score a good seat at the Maryborough Cricket Club.

Sunbury coach Andrew Howlett said the World Cup wouldn't distract his team.

"This is a huge game for us,” he said. "The last few weeks we've got a bit of momentum.

"We're progressing well and will be near full strength.”

United Warriors' game against Bargara will start at 5pm, which should allow enough time for the Warriors faithful to return to the Bay before the Socceroos kick off.



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