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How Premier League clubs will sup­port the Soc­ceroos’ opener

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - SPORT - MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY Matthew.McIn­er­ney@news­re­gional­me­

FOOT­BALL: It is the mo­ment for which Australian foot­ball fans have waited four years.

The Soc­ceroos will start its FIFA World Cup cam­paign to­mor­row night against world No.7-ranked France, the 1998 World Cup win­ners who start the tour­na­ment as not only the favourite to top Group C but one of the best favourites for the tour­na­ment win.

An 8pm kick-off makes the match Aus­tralia’s spec­ta­tor-friendly game, and Fraser Coast foot­ball clubs are do­ing all they can to cel­e­brate.

At Her­vey Bay Sports Club, the Wide Bay Premier League match be­tween KSS Jets and Doon Villa will kick-off at the ear­lier time of 5.30pm.

Jets coach Phil Rim­mer said the club and its sup­port­ers will gather at the club to catch the Soc­ceroos in ac­tion.

It will also al­low enough time for Mag­pies play­ers and fans to get back to “the Shed” at Villa Park, Mary­bor­ough, to catch the start of the game.

Rim­mer said his troops would be ready to play, but faced a tough chal­lenge.

Doon Villa is sec­ond on the WBPL ta­ble, and is com­ing off a dom­i­nant 8-2 win against United Park Ea­gles.

“It will be a big ask, they’re a hot team at the mo­ment but hope­fully we’ll have most of our top squad back,” he said.

Two con­sec­u­tive 5-2 wins has Sun­bury in hot form ahead of its clash with Brothers As­ton Villa.

With a 6pm kick-off, ex­pect to see play­ers sprint to the show­ers as soon as the vi­tal fix­ture ends so they can score a good seat at the Mary­bor­ough Cricket Club.

Sun­bury coach An­drew Howlett said the World Cup wouldn’t dis­tract his team.

“This is a huge game for us,” he said. “The last few weeks we’ve got a bit of mo­men­tum.

“We’re pro­gress­ing well and will be near full strength.”

United War­riors’ game against Bar­gara will start at 5pm, which should al­low enough time for the War­riors faith­ful to re­turn to the Bay be­fore the Soc­ceroos kick off.

Photo: Tim Ire­land/AP Photo

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