By Stuart Kavanagh
Broken Hill will be represented by no less than six teams at the South Australia Junior Soccer Association (SAJSA) Country Championships being held in Mildura over the last weekend in August.
During the June long weekend, when there were no games of soccer happening locally, five Broken Hill representative teams travelled to Adelaide to take part in the State Championships.
These Championships bring together representative teams from the 13 Associations affiliated with South Australia Junior Soccer Association (SAJSA) to compete in multiple games over the three days of competition.
The SAJSA State Championships were held at the State Centre for Football at Gepps Cross, with games played on both grassed pitches and artificial turf.
Junior reps from all four local clubs formed the teams.
They included the Under 12 Development team, U12 team, under 14 and Under 16 team as well as the U16 Girls.
They all performed well, showing tremendous team spirit and sportsmanship.
Playing on artificial turf was a new experience for most of the kids.
They had to adjust their games to adapt to the quicker surface.
Although the teams didn’t win a lot of their games, there was some stellar defending, some excellent midfield work and plenty of goals to celebrate.
The U-12 development squad managed a solitary victory across their seven games, scoring nine goals.
The U-12 squad picked up two wins across their four games, scoring nine goals along the way.
The U-14s didn’t manage a win unfortunately but did manage four goals. The U-16s story was similar, picking up one draw across their four fixtures, scoring three goals.
Special mention must be made of the girls U-16s side.
Despite playing against older and stronger opponents for the majority of their tournament, the girls still managed to score a couple of goals across their six matches.
The BHJSA teams have continued their team trainings and now have an U13 girls Representative team joining the group,
Broken Hill will be hosting the SAJSA Country Championships in 2023.
It will be an exciting opportunity to showcase our talented BHJSA junior players.
These events can see in excess of 600 junior players in over 50 teams- and along with their families boosting the local economy, with requirements for accommodations, fuel and supplies and tourism, – with many families extending their visits to the host town.
These competitions will require a lot of organisations and the BHJSA will be seeking community support and financial assistance in the near future to start progressing this wonderful opportunity for our junior players and the BHJSA.