Locals to take on Riverland
Thursday, 5th August, 2010
A combined Broken Hill men's soccer team will play Riverland in a curtain raiser to the A-League match between Adelaide United and Newcastle on Friday at Hindmarsh Stadium.
The team has been named "Broken Hill United" to signify the approach and co-operative philosophy that the clubs and players have bought to the team, according to the local association.
Friday's game kicks off at 4.45pm.
During the year the BH Soccer Association has worked in conjunction with their four affiliated clubs - Alma, Celtic United, West Panthers and St Joseph's - to compile a senior men's squad for competition at regional tournaments.
The squad was established to compete at the Leslie Refrigeration Interleague Challenge against Sunraysia and the Riverland.
The match against the Riverland during the Interleague Challenge was closely contested, with Riverland emerging victors, 2-0.
The BH United squad has been strengthened for the A-League curtain raiser match.
It is comprised of a mixture of youth and experience with a number of key players who were unavailable for the Interleague match included.
Broken Hill Coach George Callegher is confident his team has a good chance.
Goalkeeper Nathan Gaegler recalls playing as reserve goal keeper at Hindmarsh for Broken Hill as a 15-year-old and is looking forward to repeating the experience as number one goalie 15 years later.
He is also the captain of the team and said he hoped to keep a clean sheet this time around; the last time he let one goal through.
The BH United squad: 1 Nathan Gaegler (C), 2 Craig Stephens, 3 Gregory Wilkins, 4 Bryce Bessell, 5 Trent Howe, 6 Sam Walker, 7 Patrick Nash, 8 Laurence Hebbard, 9 Matthew Muscat, 10 Johnny Bugeja, 11 Terry Delbridge, 12 Andrew Sidford, 13 Jack Attrill, 14 Jason Passlow, 15 Jyh Stubing, 16 Jarrad Crabb.