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Ready, set, soccer

Tuesday, 22nd March, 2011

BACK FOR MORE: Under 14’s St Josephs player Bailey Stubing helped out with some new under 6’s for season 2011. BACK FOR MORE: Under 14’s St Josephs player Bailey Stubing helped out with some new under 6’s for season 2011.

It's time to dust off the soccer boots as the 2011 season kicks off this Friday night with the start of three weeks of trials for all grades.

Trials will be played on Friday nights and Saturdays for juniors with the three senior grades to play on Sundays.

The A draw will be announced later this week in the BDT and clubs will be able to advise its players at training sessions.

Players can play in the trials without paying their registrations as they are 'trials' before deciding to commit to the season. This gives everyone, including ladies, the chance to come and try soccer which is the world game and suitable for all ages from 5 to 50-ish.

The local Association has scheduled three weeks of trials that conclude on the weekend of April 10 when school holidays begin. The Premiership season starts on Friday 29 April when the Under 14s and 17s play under lights.

Players from 2010 are encouraged to register with their clubs so teams can be nominated. For new players all four clubs will have vacancies for you or your child. West (Theresa 0437 123 059) and Celtic (Marg 8087 6569) train Wednesdays and Alma (Dave 0401 670 999) and St Josephs (Frank 0428 967 759) Thursdays.

Off the field the Association is set for a huge year culminating in the SA State Junior Country Championships in August where over 600 kids aged to 16 with converge on Broken Hill. 

The Championships also give the local players the chance to represent Broken Hill without the cost attached to travelling.

In preparation for the Championships the Association in conjunction with the local Council and the State Government are spending some grant funding improving the changerooms and canteen facilities. 

The changerooms will receive a coat of paint, new mirrors and carpet, whilst the canteen will be repainted and a new exhaust fan installed. The NSW

Government has also provided a grant of some $30,000 towards erecting a six-bay shed which the Association and the Clubs will use for equipment. 

The playing fields have been inundated with rain over the off season and with some TLC they should be in mint condition by round 1 in late April. The

Association may well need to call a working bee soon to help Flo Pearce get the grounds and surrounding areas tidy and safe.

Any retired players interested in refereeing will be warmly welcomed by the Association. The fitness is great and all referees get paid so if you have an interest contact Derek Lindh on 0427 544 166 or the Association Secretary, Lisa Baker on 0408 887 390.

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