Soc­cer games prove a hit in Ex­mouth

Pilbara News - - Pilbara Sport - Bran­wen Smith

The in­tro­duc­tion of soc­cer to the Ex­mouth ju­nior sport­ing cal­en­dar has been a re­sound­ing suc­cess.

The Ex­mouth PCYC train­ing ses­sions and matches were met with an en­thu­si­as­tic re­sponse from a large turnout of par­tic­i­pants and the re­sult­ing skill im­prove­ments are a credit to the ded­i­cated coaches.

The sea­son wrapped up on De­cem­ber 4 with grand fi­nals played in all the dif­fer­ent age groups.

The sea­son catered for chil­dren from 4 to 17 years of age, coached by par­ent vol­un­teers, many with high lev­els of pre­vi­ous soc­cer ex­pe­ri­ence that was ev­i­dent from the re­sults achieved.

Ex­mouth PCYC cen­tre sup­port of­fi­cer Lau­ren Ram­pling said the PCYC thanked all the par­ents who had given up their time to vol­un­teer, be­cause with­out their gen­er­ous help, the sport could not have gone ahead.

“We could not run the foot­ball with­out the sup­port of the par­ents and es­pe­cially the coaches,” she said.

Soc­cer coach Sascha Knight said the sea­son had been really en­joy­able and it had been great fun for ev­ery­one.

“I’ve coached the youngest age group and they have really grasped the game and learnt the skills re­quired,” Knight said.

Ram­pling said the feed­back from the com­mu­nity had been pos­i­tive and Ex­mouth PCYC was look­ing to run an­other soc­cer com­pe­ti­tion in 2016.

All the young play­ers re­ceived medals for their ef­forts, and tro­phies were pre­sented af­ter the grand fi­nal games for coaches’ awards and most im­proved play­ers of the sea­son in all the dif­fer­ent age groups and teams.

Play­ers of the sea­son were Zac Lean­ing, Jack Mills, Will Lawrence and An­thony Bush, while run­ner-up play­ers of the sea­son were Con­nor Fog­garty, Jarvis Wright, Mim Strom and Eli Tun­stal.

Con­nor Fog­garty and An­thony Bush were named ref­eree’s play­ers of the grand fi­nal.

Pic­ture: Bran­wen Smith

Young soc­cer play­ers and their coaches cel­e­brate at the end of a suc­cess­ful first sea­son for the game in Ex­mouth.

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