Steep learn­ing curve for Rovers

Benalla Ensign - - Sport -

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.

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