<![CDATA[Soccer - WMSport - Wimmera Mallee News]]> https://www.horshamtimes.com.au/wm-sport/soccer/feed.xml Tue, 16 Apr 2024 00:00:00 +1000 en-AU Copyright Wimmera Mallee News 2024 <![CDATA[Falcons final prep for season]]> 16bf9a79-1d17-4ea9-8a3a-571254c57628 https://www.horshamtimes.com.au/falcons-final-prep-for-season-2024-04-16 Tue, 16 Apr 2024 00:00:00 +1000 The Horsham & District Soccer Club, the Falcons, are ready for the season opener this weekend after playing a practice match yesterday against the Pioneers.

The under-10's, 12's, 14's and seniors all played matches. Club president Paul Barnett said there is a lot of work to do but the promise is there considering how far they have come in three years.

"Our under-12s put up a good fight and did well but there is still a lot of work to do," Barnett said.

"It was a good effort from everyone involved considering 90% of the players had their first match outside of our own internal competition. I am really happy with the kids and the effort they put in.

"The seniors had their moments coming up against a side that finished third last season in the league and have been playing together for years."

"It was an eye opener but we have to start somewhere and considering where we were three years ago, to be able to field four teams was unbelievable and everyone can hold their head high."

This week, the under-12s, 14s and senior squad are holding squad trials to finalise their teams to represent the Falcons in the 2024 South West Victoria Football Association season.

It started last Friday the 12th and will conclude on Wednesday, April 17 for Juniors and Seniors.

The season launch and jersey presentation is on Friday April 19 at Dudley Cornell Park at 5:30pm.

The club will look at having another friendly against Stawell in the next couple of weeks as the start of the season has been pushed back two weeks and will now being on May 5.

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<![CDATA[HDSC to hold come and try day]]> fa61b04c-bb61-4bee-8a3e-3594d114666d https://www.horshamtimes.com.au/hdsc-to-hold-come-and-try-day-2024-03-27 Wed, 27 Mar 2024 18:00:00 +1100 The Horsham and District Soccer Club is holding a 'come and try' day and is urging any women and girls in the area of any age to come along and get a taste of the game.

The day will be on Friday April 5 at 5:30pm at Dudley Cornell Park.

Club President Paul Barnett is urging everyone to come down as they have big plans for not only this year but for the future of soccer in the region.

"Initially what it will be is to raise the profile with women and girls in the area," Barnett said.

"The plan for this season will be an internal social club competition with a view of having a team or a couple of teams in the South West League next season."

In the past when holding a come and try day, they have had up to 100 people show up and Barnett hopes the same, if not more, come to Dudley Park.

Barnett said the extra incentive is that the South West League is after girls and females for their representative sides and it doesn't matter if they aren't a part of the league competition.

"They are crying out for players in their representative side," Barnett said.

"A few of our junior girls last year probably would have walked into that side and represented the region.

"They are fast-tracking it for the girls and you get to play at a higher level and go to the state championships. So it's worth giving it a go."

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<![CDATA[Falcons ready to soar]]> 9915d354-b040-4fd8-84a4-82f3b43a298b https://www.horshamtimes.com.au/falcons-ready-to-soar-2024-03-27 Wed, 27 Mar 2024 16:00:00 +1100 The Horsham and District Soccer Club has returned to regional competition for the 2024 season, joining the South West Victoria Football Association.

The Falcons, as they are known by, are entering three teams into the league. The under 12s, under 14s and a senior men's team.

This is the first time they have joined the league having been part of the Ballarat League before Covid hit.

Club president Paul Barnett said they chose to join the league because of the support they will get.

"They are supporting us and the development of the game in the Wimmera," Barnett said.

"Not only that, but we will play against Stawell and it will be awesome to have that derby against them. There is nothing like a local derby to cause interest."

The club has a lot of numbers for each team and is aiming to get more over the coming months.

"The senior side will have 20 or 30 players to select from," Barnett said.

"The under 14s will have approximately 15 and under 12s have a similar number. We also have enough kids to run an internal competition.

"When they are not playing in the league side, they will at least get a competition of some sort."

The schedule is still being finalised and the season is expected to kick off on Friday, April 19.

Barnett said they will be playing on a Saturday or Sunday and to make it feasible for a few teams, some clubs, including Horsham may be playing some home games in Ararat.

"We don't have the facilities to host Friday night games. We have a lot of people traveling an hour or more to get to training," Barnett said.

"Some of the teams that are further out such as Kerang might play home games in Ararat to help develop the game in that area more.

"We have the okay from the Ararat council that we can use their ground for home games and Stawell has also done a lot of work in Ararat. We want to make it easier for travel."

Barnett said they are aiming high and are hopeful they can field more teams next year as well as female and girls teams.

"The way it works is division one is for the main team and the second team will play in division two," Barnett said.

"The aim is to get enough interest to field more teams and hopefully can have a northern and southern conference so we can play mostly in this area.

"It will mitigate a lot of travel and that is the ultimate goal. It won't happen overnight, but we are hopeful we can grow soccer in the region."

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