Quartet named for North Coast
WITH the FIFA World Cup in South Africa less than a month away, soccer will take centre stage on the sporting calendar.
Future soccer stars all around Australia will no doubt be out in force developing their skills to hopefully one day become the next Harry Kewell or Tim Cahill.
Four Clarence Valley under-12 players – Daemon Power-Casson, Cormac Grant, Mitchell Gunning and Travis Marker – have made their first step into the big time after being selected in the North Coast zone team to compete at the State knockout carnival in Coffs Harbour on the long weekend in June.
Under-12s manager Joe Grant said the four budding soccer players were named in the squad after catching the attention of selectors earlier in the year.
“All four players were in the junior development program where they competed in trial games over a period of time,” Grant said.
“They selected a squad of 16 for the zone side, taking in areas from as far south as Macksville and as far north as Iluka.”
Grant said the team has been training hard under the watchful eye of coach Brian Lindsay, who is based in Coffs Harbour and has been involved with North Coast football for a long time.
“Brian has done a tremendous job with the boys,” Grant said. “He has been working on their skill levels, that all-important first touch of the ball and trying to get them to gel as a side.
“They really haven’t had the opportunity to play together that often so getting them to work as a unit is the main focus.”
According to Grant, the under- 12s is a stepping-stone to the the next level of the State Youth League.
“Apart from the four boys sel- ected in the under-12s, the goal of all players is to play in the State Youth League which starts with under-13s,” he said.
Grant said he wished to thank the Westlawn Tigers Soccer Club for allowing the team to use their facilities at Junction Hill to train.
Power-Casson plays junior soccer for Maclean, Grant for Services, Gunning for Yamba and Marker plays for Grafton City Soccer Club.