Wan­der­land a hit with kid­dies

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

IT IS not ev­ery day the coun­try’s best foot­ball stars drop in to ref­eree a local club game, but the West­ern Syd­ney Wan­der­ers did just that last week­end.

Scott Jamieson and Jack­son Bandiera took time out of their busy sched­ules to spend the day at Glen­den­ning Re­serve with the Doon­side Hawks.

Both Jamieson and Bandiera de­voted the morn­ing to pos­ing for photos and sign­ing au­to­graphs for hun­dreds of young fans. How­ever, their big­gest task was call­ing the shots for both the un­der-5 and un­der-6 games.

Doon­side Hawks spokes­women Enza Kur­sun said the visit meant the world to their club.

“The guys were fan­tas­tic – so po­lite so lovely,” Mrs Kur­sun said.

“The players were there for a few hours and signed au­to­graphs and took photos; noth­ing was too much for them.

“They were happy to help with any­thing.”

Mrs Kur­sun said the club asked both players to ref­eree one of their ju­nior games each.

“The lit­tle ones loved it, they were in awe and just lis­tened to ev­ery­thing they had to say,” Mrs Kur­sun said.

“The older kids were more ex­cited though. They were run­ning up to them at half­time and af­ter the game for photos. “They just loved it.” The Doon­side Hawks are one of the big­gest foot­ball clubs in West­ern Syd­ney.

And with many of the players and fam­i­lies also Wan­der­ers sup­port­ers and mem­bers, Mrs Kur­sun said the day was a huge hit.

“We had more than 200 peo­ple turn up on the day,” she said.

“We are a very big club but also very big Wan­der­ers fans – a lot of our peo­ple are mem­bers and they love to go to the games.”

The Hawks weren’t the only club to ben­e­fit from the in­au­gu­ral West­ern Syd­ney Wan­der­ers Com­mu­nity Day.

No district missed out – from Cam­den to the Blue Moun­tains – as the Red and Blacks vis­ited thou­sands of young upand-com­ing foot­ball fa­nat­ics.

For more in­for­ma­tion on future Wan­der­ers fan days, visit wswan­der­ersfc .com.au.

Pic­ture: Peter Kelly

Jack­son Bandiera as­sists with the Doon­side Hawks un­der-5s team at the West­ern Syd­ney Wan­der­ers Com­mu­nity Day at Glen­den­ning Re­serve.

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