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Joeys all the way - Englishman tips unbeaten season

Tuesday, 3rd June, 2014

St Joseph’s forward Barry Schofield (front, third from left) was given a rousing send off by his teammates in the sheds at the soccer fields on Sunday  afternoon. PICTURE: Ethan James St Joseph’s forward Barry Schofield (front, third from left) was given a rousing send off by his teammates in the sheds at the soccer fields on Sunday afternoon. PICTURE: Ethan James

By Ethan James

Departing forward Barry Schofield believes St Joseph’s has the ability to go through the A Grade soccer season undefeated.

The softly spoken Englishman played his final game for the Joey’s in their 13-nil rout of Celtic at the weekend.

He predicted that the team would not drop a game for the remainder of 2014.

“It’s a good team, a very good team,” he said after the match.

“I still reckon they’ll go through undefeated.”

The Joeys are yet to lose in the opening five rounds and added a significant boost to their goal differential on Sunday.

They sit on top of the ladder on 15 points and have scored 30 goals while conceding just two.

But finding someone to replace the talent and composure of Schofield will be a challenge.

He has been in Broken Hill for a year-and-a-half and a key member of the club’s line up in that time.

Schofield kicked a brace of goals in the Joey’s grand final win against West last season, helping the club to their third consecutive premiership.

Given his heritage, it almost seemed fitting that the swansong was played in soggy conditions.

“I’m used to playing in the rain perhaps,” Schofield said.

“They’ve been very welcoming and I’m going to miss the place.

“There are a lot of good characters in the team who I’m going to miss.”

Schofield is heading to Adelaide but is yet to find a new home.

“I haven’t found a new club yet, so hopefully someone will have me,” he said.

In the earlier match, Alma toppled West 5-3 to leave last year’s runners up languishing in last position without a win to their name.

The Goats remain in third position on the table with two wins from five starts.

A Grade Ladder: St. Joseph’s 15 points, Celtic 9, Alma 6, West 0.

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