Junior talents run out to play
EMERALD Eagles premier grade coach John Salogni described them as the stars of tomorrow.
Future stars perhaps but for now, these junior run-arounds were happy to play for today.
Central Highlands junior soccer clubs combined for a fun-filled carnival in Clermont on Sunday with an emphasis on development and enjoyment rather than competition.
Scores, points, winners and losers were replaced with big smiles and bright team colours. Players will barely have time to pack away their shin-pads before pulling up the socks again this weekend in Blackwater.
The Emerald Eagles Youth side also trialled at the weekend but on a much bigger stage in Rockhampton.
Facing a combined under-14/15 Junior Premier League side in a curtain-raiser to the Capricorn Cougars, the juniors gave their opposition a good run for their money despite not coming away with a win.
“You couldn’t say they were outclassed - they held their own and kept attacking,” coach Salogni said.
Such was their commitment, the Eagles juniors strapped on the running shoes for a 5km run the following day.