Mur­doch four shine on tour

Fremantle Gazette - - SPORT -

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.

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