Soc­cer pair get their Kiwi kicks

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Melville City Foot­ball Club ju­nior girls coach Penny Hoath will jet off to Auck­land to rep­re­sent WA at her sec­ond World Masters Games later this month. She will be joined in New Zealand by daugh­ter and soc­cer en­thu­si­ast Rose Ma­ree.

PENNY Hoath will write a new chap­ter in her decades-long his­tory of rep­re­sen­ta­tive soc­cer when she jets to Auck­land for a sec­ond World Masters Games at the end of the month.

Hoath dropped hockey in favour of soc­cer when she was in high school and has never looked back.

“Hockey was my game un­til I saw Diego Maradona play­ing – I thought he was so cool and soc­cer was so ex­cit­ing, so I switched,” she said.

“Melville was my first club back in the early days when I was the baby of the team, be­fore I moved away for univer­sity.

“Now that I’ve moved back into the area I’m back with Melville, where I also coach my daugh­ter Rose Ma­ree in the Un­der-11s.”

Hoath made her de­but for WA as a 17-year-old and has trav­elled across Aus­tralia and the world to play soc­cer nearly ev­ery year since.

“I’ve been part of both 11-aside and Fut­sal squads for WA and played all over Europe,” she said.

“In 1993 I was vice-cap­tion for the Aus­tralian team at the World Univer­sity Games in Canada, where we got whooped by re­tired Amer­i­can star Mia Hamm and a team full of Chi­nese in­ter­na­tion­als.”

Four years ago Hoath played in her first World Masters Game in Italy, help­ing her WA side reach the knock­out stages of the tour­na­ment.

She said the Games pro­moted par­tic­i­pa­tion just as much as com­pe­ti­tion but ad­mit­ted the WA Black Swans were out to win.

“We have an amaz­ing spread of play­ers: in­ter­na­tional play­ers, State team play­ers and some who have come out of re­tire­ment,” she said.

“There are some of us who are pretty com­pet­i­tive and we still play at a high level. A hand­ful of us are still run­ning around in the State League women’s com­pe­ti­tions with the 16 and 17-year-old spring chick­ens.”

The World Masters Games run from April 21 to 30.

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek­mu­ni­ d467715

Mother and daugh­ter soc­cer masters Rose Ma­ree (10) and Penny Hoath.

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek­mu­ni­ d467715

Mother and daugh­ter soc­cer play­ers Penny Hoath and Rose Ma­ree.

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