Phoenix rise in stature at Sin­gaCup

South Western Times - - Classifieds -

The South West Phoenix fielded three youth teams at the 2019 Sin­gaCup soc­cer tour­na­ment in Sin­ga­pore ear­lier this month.

Aside from sti­fling heat and op­pres­sive hu­mid­ity, the South West faced tal­ented club sides from all across Aus­trala­sia.

Af­ter fin­ish­ing sec­ond in Group C of the un­der-14s divi­sion, the Phoenix were de­feated in the quar­ter­fi­nals while Kev Hom­den’s un­der-16s also fin­ished sec­ond in their group and made the semi­fi­nals.

De­spite los­ing their third-placed play-off, the Phoenix lads gained plenty from the match.

Phoenix ju­nior co-or­di­na­tor Jen Cur­tis was thrilled with how all play­ers ac­quit­ted them­selves on and off the pitch.

“They were very well be­haved,” she said. “They were very much a credit to their club, them­selves and their par­ents.

“The tour­na­ment re­ally gave them an op­por­tu­nity to see things from a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent an­gles – in terms of tac­tics and phys­i­cal­ity.”

Cur­tis con­firmed the Phoenix would again field three youth teams at the 2019 tour­na­ment.

Prepa­ra­tions have also be­gun for the 2019 sea­son at se­nior level, with first-team boss Tony Novello putting his men through their first pre-sea­son ses­sion on Tues­day.

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