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Planning underway for new soccer season

Thursday, 9th January, 2014

Broken Hill Soccer Association committee members Emma Reeves, Tom Kennedy, David Hurley, Marg Symes, David Inglis, Noni Inglis and Theresa Bugeja held a three hour meeting to discuss their plans for this year. Broken Hill Soccer Association committee members Emma Reeves, Tom Kennedy, David Hurley, Marg Symes, David Inglis, Noni Inglis and Theresa Bugeja held a three hour meeting to discuss their plans for this year.

By Ethan James

The Broken Hill Soccer Association has announced that the 2014 competition will kick off in the first weekend in May.

The BHSA held their first meeting for the new year on Monday where the approximate timeline for the season was decided. 

“We have a rough draw in place which was done by the President, just so we could get the ball rolling... but we don’t have the exact dates finalised as yet,” Publicity Officer Emma Reeves said. 

Trials are set to begin in the last weekend of March and will run for three weeks in the lead up to round one.

The BHSA has floated the idea of a gala day to open the season which received an overwhelmingly positive response from the board.

“We’re hoping to start the year with a big event and gather some interest before it all starts,” Reeves said. 

“We might have a ten minutes knock out competition and try and get some of the local businesses involved.

“Plus we’re looking to have entertainment for the kids too.”

The association is hoping the excitement surrounding the ‘14 Soccer World Cup in Brazil can have some impact on numbers at a local level.

“It will draw a bit more attention to the sport and hopefully it can make it bigger and better here in Broken Hill,” Reeves said.

And the early signs seem to be promising, with a host of new board members present at Monday night’s meeting. 

Despite the fresh faces, the association is still on the hunt for people to fill the vacant positions of match committee officer and registrar. 

“We’d love to see some more people involved in any sort of capacity really, those two titles may sound a bit daunting, we’re quite happy to help people along.”

The BHSA also put out a call for anyone interested in joining the referee ranks.

“It was ok at senior level last year but struggled a little bit when people were injured or anyway on holidays,” Reeves said.

“We can put people through training so they can get their certificate.”

“They’d start with the Under 6s and 7s... it’s also a paid job, so there’s the opportunity for a bit of extra pocket money as well.

The BHSA wished to thank previous committee members Lisa Baker, Chris Eastwood and Paul McDonald for their many years of service to soccer. 

They hope to finalised dates for the draw and other events at their next meeting on Monday, February 10. 

Any interested individuals can contact President Marg Symes on 0408 858 524.

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