Juniors go the distance
Tuesday, 18th September, 2018
By Callum Marshall
The Broken Hill under 12s soccer teams have just finished their seasons and coaching staff have said they couldn’t be more proud of the kids’ efforts.
Corey Sultana, Under 12s Development Coach at the Broken Hill Junior Soccer Association, said the boys and girls played with great passion and commitment, particularly given their age.
“My team was one of the youngest in the whole competition. We played in the Under 12s division, but we had seven year olds, eight year olds, nine year olds, and we were the only team that had a mix of players from boys and young girls,” he said.
“The team faced others who were professional, (had) been training for over 12 months and (were) all the one age, whereas we had ages ranged from seven to eleven.”
In spite of that obstacle though, Mr Sultana said that everyone performed well and gave it their all.
“The guys and girls, despite the early morning starts, were out there running their hearts out. It’s a credit to the character that’s installed inside of them that not once did any of them drop their heads,” he said.
“I’m proud of them and what they did. The biggest thing was each one had faith in their teammates (and) they believed in each other which was fantastic.”
The juniors had to travel long distances throughout the season, from places like Adelaide to Mount Gambier.
“For our first game in June we were in West Beach, Adelaide. A few months ago we were in Mount Gambier which is a 1000 kilometre drive,” said Mr Sultana.
“Beautiful big pitches, great scenery, the children had never been there before so to play in front of some crowds was unreal for them.
“The kids leant a lot from watching other teams and I learnt a bit from seeing other coaches and how they do it.”
The work that parents put in to make sure the kids had a great season was also worth noting, said Mr Sultana.
“That’s the biggest thing these days, commitment and finding time to follow your children’s dreams. So thankyou to all the parents involved, because without them the kids can’t get anywhere,” he said.
“There was one lovely parent who took not only her own daughter but another two children and a parent with her. She carpooled on the first game in June and she did it again to Mount Gambier, so hats off to her.
“There’s a lot of parents out there that are time poor and I understand that but if you take the time out, the kids really, truly benefit from it. It brings out the best of them and makes for a better community.”
Mr Sultana said some within the Broken Hill Junior Soccer Association were needed to be thanked as well.
“A big thankyou to Chris West who helped organise all this. The amount of work he and Anita Hoysted put into the Broken Hill Junior Soccer Association as a whole was amazing,” he said.
“Be it a long drive, the costs associated with it and the coordination involved in it to make it happen, it was well worth it.”
Outside of gaining new skills and improving their game, Mr Sultana said the season had also been great in developing important lessons in the kids’ lives.
“It was [also] about developing and installing inside [these] children a sense of teamsmanship, a sense of responsibility, diligence and a ‘can-do’ attitude,” he said.
“To have a positive effect not only on the sports ground but at home, in their social lives and having confidence in themselves.
“But also making a stronger bond and being proud of your own town. Even though we all go to different schools and we’re all in different teams, right now we’re all one. We’re all together and we all love the same game so let’s do it for Broken Hill, our home town.”