QPL DRAW: Buccaneers ease into inaugural season
WIDE Bay Buccaneers will avoid Football Queensland Premier League's powerhouse clubs in the opening weeks of the revamped competition.
The draw for the senior men's competition was released by Football Queensland late Wednesday.
It confirmed Bundaberg's Martens Oval will host the Buccaneers' first game, against Holland Park Hawks, on February 3.
Coach Tim Lunnon, who was concerned of opening round fixtures against powerhouse clubs like Peninsula Power and Rochedale Rovers, said it was a good draw for the first-year club.
"The first month we will be learning on the job so it's probably a good start for us," he said.
"The second-week bye isn't always ideal but it's going to be hot playing in February. It also gives us a bye halfway through the season (round 15)."
The Buccaneers will play a 24-round, home-and-away season, with two byes.
Of the 12 home games, six are currently scheduled for Martens Oval, four for Hervey Bay Sports Club, and one each at Maryborough's Federation Park Field and Gympie's One Mile Oval.
Football Queensland CEO Geoff Foster said the FQPL meant more opportunities for local players.
"I am sure all teams will be ready to go and excited by the draw," Foster said.
"The FQPL is an exciting introduction, meaning more football and more opportunity for clubs to test and prove their abilities against the rest of the state.
"FQPL is also something I am proud to see the introduction of, as Football Queensland looks to the next chapter.
"We look forward to this season and look further forward to future years and continuing the growth of our sport."
Wide Bay's first five rounds: Holland Park (home), bye, Ipswich knights (away), Souths United (home), Capalaba Bulldogs (away).