We have four teams this year, with families coming together from Murchison, Euroa, Longwood, Nagambie and Tatura. We have Under 6’s, Under 7’s, Under 10’s and an Under 12’s team. There are lots of new faces and first timers. All the children want to have a go and play soccer.
Parents are very supportive in driving them to practice during the week and to games on Saturday at McEwen Reserve in Shepparton. Some games are as early as 8:30 am! All teams play throughthe Shepparton Junior Soccer Association (SJSA). Michelle Donders has been great in organising teams, parents, communication between schools and families and liaise with SJSA. Michelle also helps coach the Under 6’s and Under 7’s with the help of Luke Williams and Hamish Burke. Shane Peterson from Nagambie, a father of 2 boys who play in the Under 12’s has stepped up to coach the under 10’s.
The team is extremely thankful for this. There are a number of games where the Under 10’s and Under 12’s play at the same time in different locations and Shane doesn’t get to see them play. Shane’s wife Renee has a great interest in photography and been busy capturing action shots. Kids are thrilled to see themselves in “action”! Neale Williams hails from Longwood and is the coach for the Under 12’s. Neale coached the under 10’s last year. His two sons play in the Under 12’s team. He is extremely passionate about the game and nurtures the best out of all the players. Presently the team is 1st place in the Trophy Div. with half the season to go.