Murdoch four shine on tour
FOUR young stars from the Murdoch University Melville Football Club (MUM FC) have impressed during a tour of China.
Booragoon resident Samuel Cook, Hilton’s Lukas Debnam, Melville’s Zac Harris-Walker and North Lake boy Joseph Teixeira were in the Football West State Under-15 team which went to Shanghai to play in the Jinshan Cup International Youth Football Championship.
During the trip, from August 21 to September 2, SAM Kerr is back captaining the Perth Glory Women for season 2018-19.
Kerr was in town for the Perth Glory season launch last week at The Westin Perth, where sponsors, media and fans were introduced to the women’s and the boys drew against India 1-1, lost to Czech Republic side Slavia Prague 4-0, drew with one Chinese national side 1-1 and beat the other team 2-1.
Football development officer and State Under-15 coach Garry Church said he was fortunate to know the players as he was previously a coach at MUM FC.
“I’ve coached them all for about three or four years and they’ve blossomed into really good players,” he said.
“They are very coachable men’s teams. Tony Popovic is the new coach for the men’s team which includes six Socceroos and nine new faces who will be led by captain Diego Castro.
Glory chairman Tony Sage said it had been a “long four months”. as well, which makes my job easier. I knew the boys were quality people as well as players and you need that kind of blend on a tour like we had.
“It was a real professional environment; the boys were nervous because they were playing against teams from different cultures who play different styles of football.
“The players were exceptional; we only had five training sessions to prepare for the tournament but they played very well.”
The club launched the 2018-19 season with its inaugural Perth Glory in Business lunch featuring guest speaker Dr Vanessa Guthrie, who talked about trust in sport as well as industries such as banking and corporate.