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Hectic start to soccer season
« on: March 02, 2007, 10:02:27 AM »
The Warrnambool Wolves - brilliant name  :D

A HECTIC  Warrnambool Wolves soccer season is kicking off with a range of initiatives for winter.

Head coach John McMillan said the club had the structure in place to provide a pathway from primary school pupils right through to senior players.

The men's and women's twilight competitions have begun with the women on Monday nights and the men on Wednesdays.

McMillan said about 150 juniors would play in the underage competition.

Under six, under eight, under 10, under 12, under 14 and under 16 players will be catered for.

The season will start on March 18 and go  until the end of September.

McMillan said a feature this year would be a round-robin against Hamilton, Horsham and Colac starting in April.

He said senior teams would also be involved in the round-robin.

The club will host its  President's Cup one-day tournament next month to get the players into the swing of competitive matches.

``Player numbers have been on a par with previous years. I've been inundated with phone calls from players wanting to know when it all starts,'' McMillan said.

``We  are also going to run our after-school program with St Pius, St Joseph's, Our Lady Help Of Christians and  Allansford.''

McMillan said the school program had proved a fertile recruiting ground for the junior Kickaburra program.

``That feeds our own junior program,'' he said.

``We run the Kickaburra program over eight weeks and in the past we've had 100 kids involved in that each week.''

McMillan said the season would get off to an early start when the under 17 girls go to a tournament in Mount Gambier from March 10-12.

He said an under 16 seven-a-side girls' competition is scheduled for Ballarat on March 24-25.

The under 16 boys will head to the country titles in Mildura on March 31.

There is also a women's tournament  in early June in Shepparton for under 16 girls and a senior team.

``We're quite excited by the round-robin tournament,'' McMillan said.

``It's something we've lacked in the past and been able to get going now that we have the security of the Harris Street reserve.''

McMillan said early player registrations would be taken at Gateway Plaza's Savings and Loans office this evening between 4.30pm and 7pm and tomorrow morning between 9.30am and 11am.