Hard work and travel pays off with grand final spot
FOOTBALL: Three days a week travelling in a car from the Clarence Valley to Coffs Harbour or Newcastle has paid off for four ambitious young soccer players.
Jarret Power-Casson from Lawrence, Charlie Kelly from Townsend, Myles Hartman from South Grafton and Levi Wilson from Glenreagh, all aged 13, are part of the North Coast under-13 National Premier League team which plays in the grand final this morning against Edgeworth in Newcastle.
The boys are no stranger to Pacific Highway, with home games at Coffs Harbour and most of their away games in Newcastle.
One hardworking mother, Michelle Power-Casson, said they were in the car three days a week to make training and playing commitments for the team. But she said it has been worth it.
"It's been fantastic for the boys,” she said. "It's opened up so many coaching and development opportunities you just wouldn't get if you just played locally.
"And the standard of football they're playing each week is so much better.”
The North Coast team is confident it has the wood on Edgeworth with a draw and a 7-3 win over today's opponent in games earlier in the season.
"This year is their first year in this competition and they placed third on the ladder. They travelled back down to Newcastle and played in the semis last Saturday,” Mrs Power-Casson said.
"So now it's back in the car for the trip to Newcastle again.”
Mrs Power-Casson said none of the players could rest on their laurels, no matter the outcome of today's game.
"They're all going to Coffs on Monday for the trials to get into the under-14s for next season,” she said. "It never stops. It's all year round.”