Steep learning curve for Rovers
Benalla Rovers Soccer Club had their first MiniRoos outing for two years on Saturday, June 23, attending the Myrtleford Alpine Region Gala Day.
The Rovers were able to take seven players of mixed ages, forming one team in the Under-9 section.
A frosty early start turned to sunny conditions for an introduction to competitive-style football for the youngsters.
With two 30-minute games, Mount Beauty and Yackandandah were the opponents for the day.
MiniRoos Gala Days are designed for maximum participation and enjoyment for players; with no scoring, equal playing time for all participants and supportive and instructive referees.
The first game, against Mount Beauty, was a steep learning curve as the majority of the players had never played soccer before this year.
However, the young Rovers learned fast and throughout the day their confidence constantly increased.
Coach Jo Cooper had focused the team on game-day protocols including throw-ins, centre kicks and sportsmanship.
Benalla Rovers acknowledges the support of the families for enabling their children part in such a fun event.
Most importantly the players must be commended for their enthusiasm, sportsmanship and improvement.
Benalla Rovers Soccer Club trains at Churchill Reserve every Monday afternoon with Juniors from 4 pm, Open Age from 5.30 pm and Soccer Mums on Tuesday from 9.30 am.
The Rovers are looking forward to hosting their own Gala Day on August 18, so it’s not too late to join.
For more details, phone Jo Cooper on 0432 816 224 or Rhiannon Froude on 0419 803 457.