More time for ju­nior foot­ball

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - DWAYNE BAR­LOW

There’s still time to sign up for foot­ball in 2017

One bonus of the re­cent burst of hor­ren­dous weather is that Mata­mata Swifts has been able to keep its ju­nior soc­cer reg­is­tra­tion pe­riod open for longer.

The club’s ju­nior grad­ing day will now take place on Sun­day, March 19, af­ter be­ing post­poned from March 12.

This means that play­ers who still wish to play soc­cer in 2017 have a bit more time to sign up, which is valu­able at a time of year when sum­mer sports are in full swing.

Play­ers can sign up on­line at the club’s website or at ju­nior grad­ing on Sun­day.

‘‘The thought of reg­is­ter­ing for, let alone play­ing, a win­ter sport is prob­a­bly a long way from many peo­ple’s minds,’’ said the Swifts’ Ju­nior co-or­di­na­tor, Ro­nan Costello.

‘‘Pos­i­tively, our reg­is­tra­tion num­bers are ahead of where they were at the same time last year, but we still have space for more play­ers.’’

This is es­pe­cially true for the club’s girls only teams.

‘‘We hope to es­tab­lish a cou­ple of girls-only sides in 2017. At the mo­ment we’re only a cou­ple of play­ers short of be­ing able to com­mit to girls-only teams in both the un­der-13 and un­der-8 age groups,’’ said Costello.

‘‘The un­der-13 team is a great op­tion for girls at in­ter­me­di­ate schools who are look­ing to play soc­cer at the AIMS Games in 2017, while the un­der-8 team is ideal for girls who took part in our MiniKick­ers pro­gramme last sea­son and want to take the next step.’’

Swifts ju­nior grad­ing for play­ers aged eight to 14 must take place dur­ing March as the club Mata­mata Swifts Ju­nior Grad­ing

Sun­day March 19, 2017 – from 12.30pm (times for the dif­fer­ent ages) Venue: Mata­mata Do­main Play­ers can reg­is­ter on­line (visit http://www.mata­mataswifts.com/ ju­niors/ ) or at Grad­ing. has to have its teams en­tered by early-April.

‘‘It’s a bit of a squeeze at this time of year, but hope­fully all the re­cent rain has re­minded peo­ple that win­ter sports aren’t too far away,’’ grinned Costello.

The club will con­tinue to take reg­is­tra­tions for their MiniKick­ers pro­gramme, for play­ers aged 4 to 7, up un­til the start of the sea­son.

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Sam Hills rides a chal­lenge dur­ing Mata­mata Swifts Un­der-13s 4-0 vic­tory over Otu­moetai in 2016.

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