Ready to rum­ble

The new Ropes Cross­ing Soc­cer Club is about to kick off its in­au­gu­ral sea­son.

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FRONT PAGE - Jil­lian Mc­Kee

THE Ropes Cross­ing Strik­ers are a forced to be reck­oned with, burst­ing onto the Black­town foot­ball scene for the first time this year.

The new club is the brain­child of Black­town District Soc­cer Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion which no­ticed a need for sport in the area.

An as­so­ci­a­tion spokes­women said the club had been in the works for years.

“The idea for this club has been on­go­ing ... the ac­tual play­ing fields were built by Lend Lease when the sub­urb was built but it took a while to get them up and run­ning,” she said.

The new club has at­tracted more than 200 reg­is­tra­tions and formed 23 teams, a fact that has amazed Strik­ers trea­surer Adam Har­tas.

“We fore­cast about 10 to 15 teams so we were blown away to get so many ju­niors; we have more than dou­bled our fore­cast,” Har­tas said.

“We will have 23 teams in our first sea­son, and our un­der fives to 10 years teams make up about half.”

The Black­town com­pe­ti­tion starts on Satur­day, April 2, with the Strik­ers hold­ing a launch day car­ni­val at Ropes Cross­ing Oval.

The Ropes Cross­ing Strik­ers are still tak­ing reg­is­tra­tions for un­der-12s, -14s and -16s teams. Visit ropes cross­ing­foot­ball­

Pic­ture: Phil Rogers

Ropes Cross­ing un­der-5s Aaron Par­sons, Zac Lin­den, Ava An­der­son, Zoie Har­tas and Jack An­der­son.

Adam Har­tas and daugh­ter Zoie.

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