BLUEBIRDS can do it better than the Energy.
Bluebirds have adopted a similar style of play to the now defunct CQFC Energy, and are on their way to performing it better than the former National Premier League club, says leadership group member Bryce Ruthven.
And, the timing couldn't be better.
Buoyed by their performance on the weekend, former CQFC member Ruthven and his Bluebirds teammates head into the toughest three-week stretch of the first half of the competition, starting on Saturday.
They face FFA Cup Central Queensland finalists Southside United on Saturday night at Jardine Park before hosting Clinton on May 17 and Wesley Hall Cup holders Frenchville the weekend after.
A Reagan Alder hat-trick ensured Bluebirds were clear 9-0 winners over the winless Emerald Eagles at Webber Park on Saturday afternoon in round three of the Central Queensland Premier League.
The home side ran in six first-half goals and could've added another had captain Mick Hansen converted an early penalty goal chance which was saved by the Eagles' keeper.
CQ PREMIER LEAGUE
Frenchville 4 def Nerimbera 1 at Pilbeam Park.
Central 4 def Berserker 1 at Sun Valley Oval.
Bluebirds 9 def Emerald Eagles 0 at Webber Park.
Southside United v Clinton at Jardine Park (postponed)
LADDER: Frenchville 9, Bluebirds 6, Clinton 4, Capricorn Coast 4, Central 4, Southside 3, Nerimbera Magpies 1, Berserker 0, Emerald Eagles 0.
Ruthven praised his teammates for their all-round performance, in particular David Skelhorn, who scored two goals.
"He did a good job of getting behind the players. People are underestimating his size," Ruthven said.
"For a little kid he's quite nippy and he'll do some damage this season and he took his opportunities.
"Going forward we were pretty good and the backline was good not to concede a goal."
Ruthven said Bluebirds had adopted an up-tempo style in 2014, similar to that implemented at the Energy by former coach Ray Wood.
"We've adopted the style that we had at the Energy and adjusted it for a couple of the boys," Ruthven said.
"It seems to be working better and it could potentially be better than what it was at the Energy.
"Just because we're playing a bit better quicker than we were at the Energy."