- Written by Walter Pless
- Published: 26 September 2014
Photo: KGV Park was a hive of activity on Thursday evening as Melbourne Victory conducted a clinic for youngsters [PlessPix]
Melbourne Victory pressed the flesh in Hobart yesterday following their arrival on Wednesday for their annual one-week stay.
They began the day with a training session at North Hobart Oval and finished with a kids’ clinic at KGV Park, attended by 200 youngsters.
Photo: Small-sided games was the order of the day at the clinic [PlessPix]
On Wednesday evening, Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat attended a coaches’ seminar attended by several dozen local coaches.
At lunch-time yesterday, Football Federation Tasmania hosted a lunch for the visiting squad at The Black Buffalo Hotel in North Hobart.
Star striker Besart Berisha, Leigh Broxham and Jason Geria visited the children’s ward at the Royal Hobart Hospital early on Thursday afternoon.
Berisha, 29, an Albanian international, transferred from Brisbane Roar to Melbourne Victory this year.
He won two A-League championships with Brisbane Roar and won the A-League Golden Boot award in the 2011-2012 season.
Berisha has played 17 times for Albania, scoring one goal.
Photo: Besart Berisha...Melbourne Victory's new signing from Brisbane Roar was at KGV Park last night [PlessPix]
He has also played for Tennis Borussia Berlin in Germany, AaB and Horsens in Denmark, Hamburger SV in the German Bundesliga, Rosenborg (Norway) and Arminia Bielefeld (Germany) before joining Brisbane Roar in the A-League.
Hamburger SV sold him to Burnley but injury meant he did not play a competitive game for the English club.
Socceroo striker Archie Thompson made an appearance at Specsavers store in the city yesterday afternoon.
This morning, the team trained at North Hobart Oval from 10am-11am, while at 1pm, Archie Thompson, Mark Milligan, Kosta Barbarousas, Adrian Leijer and Nathan Coe were in The Mall in the centre of Hobart.
At 2pm, Andrew Nabbout, Leigh Broxham and Gui Finkler will visit Campbell Street Primary School.
Sydney FC arrive in Hobart on Saturday at 3.55pm.
On Sunday, Tasmania will play Melbourne Victory Youth at 12.15pm at North Hobart Oval, while Melbourne Victory take on Sydney FC at 3pm.
Photo: Melbourne Victory's Mark Milligan signs autographs for Tasmanian youngsters [PlessPix]
Photo: The Melbourne Victory players signing autographs after last night's clinic at KGV Park [PlessPix]
Photo: Melbourne Victory's Socceroo striker Archie Thompson signs autographs for clinic participants [PlessPix]