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St Joe’s kids still buzzing

Friday, 25th March, 2016

Zahli Finch at the training session with EUFC’s Diego Pellegrini. PICTURE: Supplied Zahli Finch at the training session with EUFC’s Diego Pellegrini. PICTURE: Supplied

Just over a week ago, a group of St Joes Soccer Club juniors had an experience that they are sure not to forget.

Twenty-seven “Joeys” along with 44 youngsters from Eastern United Football Club got to experience what it is like to be in Australian soccer’s lime light.

The juniors attended the Hyundai A-League match between Adelaide United and Melbourne City at Coopers Stadium in front of thousands of screaming fans.

All St Joes kids were able to take the field as mascots, flag bearers, half-time game players or ball boys/girls.

“It may have been just over a week ago but you can’t tell,” said St Joes newly appointed President Sean Patterson.

“All the children from St Joes are still buzzing and watching the highlights reel on Fox Sports.

“After the game, many children waited in anticipation of meeting some of the players and were not disappointed.

“Some lucky boys and girls managed to get autographs from all the players.

“A few got to meet their idols.

“I heard many kids saying ‘this is the best day of my life’.” 

Kids got to meet players like veteran goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic, Bruce Djite, Tarek Elrich, Mark Ochieng, Iacopo La Rocca and even former player and now City centre-back Osama Malik.

“The kids had an unforgettable experience,” Mr Patterson said.

“It’s something that they will be talking about for ages!”

St Joes’ trip to Adelaide was concluded with 24 of their juniors attending a training session held by EUFC Technical Director Diego Pellegrini with his assistants Claudio and Brian at the club’s training grounds.

“All children that attended walked away knowing a little more than they did before,” Mr Patterson said.

“The kids left the training session on a massive high.

“It’s great for them to be able to train with Diego, he’s a legend and the kids can learn so much.

“EUFC are going to be a very big part of the St Joes Soccer Club heading into the future as they have a massive interest in junior development.

“EUFC currently have ten teenagers on their way overseas to train with Italian academies and play in tournaments, some of these children will also be trialling with Italian clubs.

“This is all made possible with the links that EUFC have with the AC Milan Soccer School Academy in Sydney.”

Mr Patterson said that since the trip to Adelaide, St Joes has filled their board positions and are now looking forward to a great season of soccer.

St Joes will be holding a registration day on April 1 in Sturt Park with a jumping castle and free barbecue.

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