- Written by Walter Pless
- Published: 30 January 2013
Photo: University's Olinda Grove complex [PlessPix]
University have slashed club membership fees for students from $265 to $190 for the coming season.
“We hope this makes soccer a more affordable option for students and we are, therefore, able to attract more students into our ranks,” said University president, Miles Barnard.
“Men’s pre-season has been solid under new coach Romilton Amaral, with training held Mondays and Wednesdays from 6.30pm to 8pm.
“We have had between 15 and 25 players to each session, with numbers set to increase over the coming weeks as several players return from holidays and the University year commences.
“Women's pre-season commenced last week and is currently being held every Tuesday from 6pm to 7.30pm, with all female players, social or serious, welcome.
“Harry Booth will be coaching the Premier Women’s squad once the season proper commences.
“We are aiming to again field Women's Premier and Reserves teams, as well as a social team, so I encourage all prospective players to attend training.
“We had 15 at our first session.
“Junior teams will commence training during the first couple of weeks of February, with Under-14 Boys under Manoli Katsaros training on Mondays at 4.30pm, Under-16 Boys under Romilton Amaral, Miles Barnard and James Galloway, on Wednesdays at 5.00pm.
“The Under-18 Boys, under Brad Judge have yet to announce a time and day, and at this stage, the Under-20s have been training with the senior squad under coach Steve Binns.
“Girls’ junior teams, under-13 girls’ and under-16 girls’, the latter under Brad Judge, will commence training soon.
“We will be holding a youth sign-up day up at Olinda Grove on February 17th at 11am.
“There will be several coaches and senior players in attendance and a barbecue lunch will be provided for the kids.
“All current and new players are invited to come along and sign-up for the upcoming season.”
Southern Premier League side Beachside will play Victory League side Kingborough Lions United at South Hobart on Saturday.
The reserves will kick off at 10am and the seniors at noon.
The Tilford Zebras and Glenorchy Knights pre-season friendly has now been switched to Cornelian Bay on Saturday.
The Southern Premier match kicks off at noon and the Victory League game at 2pm.