COMMUNITY football kicked off last weekend and the Nambucca Strikers’ home ground, Coronation Park, was a hive of activity from 9am when the Mini Roos kicked off until 7pm when the senior men kicked off. finished.
After a delayed start due to unprecedented rainfall, the season has finally kicked off to the delight of football clubs and players across the region.
Nambucca Strikers Club President Keily Chase shared the excitement swirling on the pitch.
“It was a massive first day for football, everyone was smiling and delighted to be back on the pitch for the 2022 season, there were so many parents telling the club volunteers how excited the kids were their matches to take place.
“Despite the rain leading up to the weekend, there were stories of children jumping for joy and dancing excitedly as coaches texted that the pitch was open and games were on.
“Some kids wanted to sleep in their kit so they would be ready to go as soon as possible.
“It shows how much everyone missed football in the off-season and how much anticipation there was to start again,” Keily said.
With pitches in the area closed for long periods, playing football on the beach has become more popular, as Nambucca Under-10s coach Jonathan Zirkler explained.
“Our practice this week was at Swimming Creek Beach due to the closure of Coronation Park.”
Jonathan was proud of his team’s efforts in the first game of the season.
“It was a great performance from the team with notables like Noah who was superb in goal and came off in the second half.
“Thanks also to Ryder for volunteering to play with Macksville who was understaffed and Henry who had a hat trick in the second half,” he said.
By David Wigley