No rush to play washed-out cup games after Cyclone Marcia

SOUTHSIDE United players are eager to play some football, but coach Tony Zanda said there was no urgency to replay the washed-out local FFA Cup fixtures.

Zanda's side were finalists of the Central Queensland leg of the Australia-wide club competition last season in the competition's inaugural year.

Southside United lost the CQ final 3-2 to Clinton, which headed to Mackay after the win but returned with a heavy 7-0 defeat at the hands of Mackay Magpies. Only six Central Queensland Premier League clubs have nominated for the 2015 edition of the competition, forcing two teams to automatically advance through to the fourth round of the knockout competition.

Reigning CQ Premier League champions Frenchville joins Southside United and Bluebirds United as Rockhampton's representatives in the FFA Cup.

Gladstone-based clubs Clinton and Yaralla have entered the competition, while Emerald Eagles are flying the flag for the Central Highlands.

Southside United was meant to host fellow Rockhampton-based club Bluebirds United at Jardine Park on Saturday night for the opportunity to tackle Emerald Eagles.

Clinton was to push its claim for a place in Round 4 with a match against Yaralla at Brian Nevin Park on the same night, with the winner to take on Frenchville.

Cyclone Marcia forced both matches to be postponed.

Zanda said the Central Queensland division champion would need to be decided before a May 30 showdown with the Mackay region winner.

"We've got plenty of time to play it," he said. "We were supposed to host it, but it'll depend on how things go during the recovery.

"There's plenty of weekends left before we've got to get it done, so I'd say they'll give clubs a fortnight or so to get back on their feet and then have a look at it."

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