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Early end for soccer

Thursday, 23rd July, 2015

The two remaining clubs in the BHSA, Celtic and West, will play off for the premiership in a shortened season. The two remaining clubs in the BHSA, Celtic and West, will play off for the premiership in a shortened season.

By Patrick Reincke

The Broken Hill Soccer Association will call an end to its 2015 season in two weeks’ time with Grand Finals scheduled for the end of the month.

Between July 31 and August 2, Celtic and West will playing off for the premiership.

BHSA President Tom Kennedy said ending the season was the right move given the predicament Broken Hill soccer was in.

“There’s no point in keeping it going,” he said. “All it’s doing is causing angst and anger amongst the four clubs in town.”

This means that both the Senior and Junior seasons will come to an end with only the small-side games of 10 years and under continuing on.

But the West and Celtic juniors may have the chance to continue playing.

“The kids who play for Celtic and West will finish early and if Alma and St Joes allow it, they can go over and play for them in the short term and play in the Country Championships.

“It’s about allowing the kids to play where they want and it’ll give the opportunity for the Association to try and bring the clubs back together.”

Alma Soccer Club President David Hurley said it as a step in the right direction but was not as simple as it seemed.

“It would be great to have the Juniors and Seniors playing back (together) again ... and that’s what Alma and St Joes are hoping for,” he said.

However, My Hurley said Celtic and West juniors might not be able to play in the upcoming Country Championships. 

“If they are still affiliated with the amateurs (South Australian Junior Soccer League), they can’t come across and join us.

“They would have to be affiliated with FFSA.”

Last week, Mr Kennedy told the BDT he was hoping to organise a meeting of the board and all four clubs to sort out the problem because mediation was a few weeks away.

“The CJC said it wouldn’t be best if there were two processes going at once, so they suggested we do not have the meeting and wait for mediation.

“So we are going along with their recommendations.

“But given that this mediation process is four or five weeks away, the BHSA has made the decision and agreed to by both West and Celtic to actually play our grand finals next weekend and finish the season.”

After the season’s unexpected conclusion, there will be a two-week break before an open seven-a-side competition gets underway.

Anyone will be welcome to submit a team and affiliation with the BHSA is not needed.

“It’s proper soccer but it’s more social,” Mr Kennedy said.

“It gives purpose back to the season and it should stop the fighting and it’ll allow St Joes and Alma to come back and play.

“We don’t want it to get any worse and there’s no way the FFSA should kick up about it because it is not a proper soccer competition.”

The competition is likely to fall on the weekend but no official game times have been set.

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