Sport

Soccer to be even bigger and better

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March 17, 2017

Chelsea Under 10s Zanda Bennett charges for the ball.

Yarrawonga is extremely fortunate to have a diverse range of sporting opportunities for all ages.

Soccer is known as the “world game” and it has truly become Yarrawonga/Mulwala’s game.

From one team in 2012, last year Yarrawonga had 135 players representing the region in the Cobram Junior Soccer Association.

It is a terrific family event with up to four siblings sometimes playing at any one time.

People involved in the establishment of soccer in Yarrawonga are very excited about a pathway that has been created for players who are too old for the Saturday CJSA competition.

Last season the powerful Cobram Roar Club was successful in gaining acceptance into the Albury Wodonga Football Association.

This has meant that geographically Yarrawonga is in a perfect position for juniors to pursue their soccer.

All of the players who represented Cobram Roar really enjoyed the challenge of more serious Sunday soccer.

Their involvement is testament to their early development through the Saturday CJSA program.

Many of the players have indicated they will play both Saturdays and Sundays this year.

The Saturday CJSA has been in existence for 30 years.

It has a focus on involvement and skill development.

Early indications suggest that a majority of the players from last year are playing again and the aim is to further expand the teams representing this region.

This year it is hoped that Yarrawonga could have multiple sides in each of the Under 6 Boys, Under 8 Boys, Under 10 boys and Under 12 Mixed divisions.

Last year a new Under 7 Girls competition was created and this proved very popular.

This, combined with the Under 10 Girls division, resulted in a boom in registrations for girls.

A new initiative last year was the Under 14 game which was held each week.

The players that are overage played a match and they really enjoyed it.

The season commences on Saturday, April 29.

Matches are played on Saturday mornings with the games being either at 9.30am or 10.30am depending on the draw.

Each match consists of two 20 minute halves.

With the significant involvement of Yarrawonga players, the Cobram Junior Soccer Association has agreed to play three rounds in Yarrawonga this season.

There will also be two rounds in Finley; the remaining eight rounds will be played in Cobram.

The cost again for the season remains at $80 and this includes the usage of a uniform.

The uniforms are all new and have been purchased through a generous sponsorship agreement with the Mulwala Water Ski Club.

The junior competitions are played on a smaller ground and teams consist of between five and nine players.  

The registration process is now open and anyone who is committed to playing is requested to register as soon as possible.

School clinics will take place next week and a Come and Try Soccer Day will be held at Vic Park on Sunday, March 26 between 9.30am and 11.00am.

If any boys or girls are interested in playing please contact Jason Bassett on 0448 838 256 for further information.

It is great fun for all involved.

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