Social game puts skills to the test
Hedland’s soccer enthusiasts gathered to test their skills in a social soccer match in the town last week.
Players were put through their paces in a social setting during a match held last Tuesday at 6.30pm at the McGregor Street ovals in Port Hedland.
Organiser David Freeman said the match was a precursor to soccer trips throughout the Pilbara and Kimberley later this year.
“We sort of organise a social setting game, anyone is invited,” he said. “This is the next best thing to having a kickaround during the week.
“Every year we go to Broome in September, which coincides with the Shinju Matsuri festival.
“We have a tournament up there to play with the other teams like Karratha and Kununurra.
“That’s always a good weekend because it’s a bit of an end-of-season trip as well to celebrate.
“There are also one-off games in Karratha and Newman.”
Mr Freeman said it was common for junior soccer players to carry their skills forward during the weekly matches.
“It’s a whole range of skill levels — some people have played their whole lives and some who are just beginning, which is absolutely fine,” he said.
“This is the only senior outdoor side in Hedland, which is a big gap for some people, but basically as soon as you finish juniors we say ‘come down and have a kick here’.”
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