Soccer the big winner
Thursday, 25th August, 2011
By Two Touch
Broken Hill’s most talented young soccer players did the city proud during the SA Junior Soccer Association Country Championships with the Under 13 girls narrowly missing a silver medal.
Their third placing was backed up by the Under 16 side which had a great first day, winning two games and ultimately finishing 4th.
Anyone driving past the soccer grounds during the carnival would have quickly realised how big an event the championships were for Broken Hill.
Over 1300 people converged on the city, booking out accommodation and restaurants, giving the local economy a massive financial windfall in the process.
Broken Hill Soccer Association Secretary Lisa Baker said the weekend was an outstanding success only made possible by the exceptional support of the four local soccer clubs, along with executive members of the Board and numerous volunteers.
“Community support for the event was second to none and made the championships a huge success, Ms Baker said.
“I have already received letters of praise for the tournament from both the SA Junior Soccer Association and Football Federation SA.
“At this stage the financial success of the tournament is yet to be finalised, but I would expect that the Association will net somewhere in the vicinity of $15,000 - which the Board will use wisely to further improve facilities at the complex,” Ms Baker continued.
Already up for discussion is the installation of new, round aluminium goal posts as the steel poles are being phased out Australia wide, due to safety issues.
The highlight of the weekend for the local teams was the performance of the Under 13 girls who finished third and had three players from the team - midfielders Georgia Treloar and Jasmine Simmons along with goalie Ainsley Files - selected in the Country Representative squad.
Ms Baker commended the BH Football League for granting access to Jubilee Oval and also acknowledged the BH Junior Football Association for suspending weekend matches so soccer could take centre stage.
Don Campbell also was praised for his assistance with preparing the Norm Fox Complex to host four soccer fields, which necessitated covering the cricket pitches.