The Border Watch : January 17th 2014
46 SOCCER Friendly is serious on soccer pitch Pre-season practice for WBSA All-Stars MORRIS ROD email@example.com IT may be billed as a pre-season friendly, but human pride is a wonderful motivation tool. And it could be that factor that carries the Western Border Soccer Association to some unprecedented heights tomorrow. LAST LINE OF DEFENCE: WBSA goalkeeper, Ben Morris. For the third year running, the WBSA All-Star team will take on the Adelaide based Para Hills Knights in a pre-season game, but also for the third year in a row, the WBSA will start a decided underdog. In 2012, Para Hills dominated, winning 8-0, while the scoreline last year was 7-1 in favour of the city slickers. Para Hills won Division 2 of the National Premier League (South Australia) in 2012 after being demoted from the upper echelon only the year before. Now back in Division 1 and regarded as one of the stronger clubs in the competition, WBSA coach, Tony D’Agostino is under no illusion of what lies ahead. “The WBSA Teamof-the-Year has come together very quickly,” D’Agostino said. DEFENDER: Apoillo’s David Cole. STAR DEFENDER: International premiership player, Nick Morony. 46 - The Border Watch, Friday, January 17, 2014 “This is one of the strongest selected squads that have been put together in years and the team has been training hard with a strong bond developing between the players. “The boys understand the challenge that is ahead for them in playing and competing against Para Hills which is one of the powerhouse teams in South Australia.” D’Agostino admitted the odds are very much against his team. “Consider that our players are yet to commence pre-season proper with their home clubs and many have had to make sacrifi ces to come back from holidays early and give up other sporting commitments to be a part of this game,” he said. “The weather has played havoc with training sessions as well but the team is confident that they can overcome these difficulties and TEAM SKIPPER: Christian Cella of International. Pictures: ELIZA COLE and MARTIN KERNICK VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au WBSA COACH: Tony D’Agostino (International). SOLE REPRESENTATIVE: Cameron Saint will be Millicent’s sole representative in the WBSA team to play Para Hills tomorrow. STAR MIDFIELD: Apollo’s Stewart Wallace. PARA HILLS COACH: Simon Catanzaro. will put up a great fi ght and will compete extremely well. “I am very proud of the team, their commitment to the WBSA coaches and supporters.” D’Agostino is no stranger to success, particular with his own club, International, having played in premierships and in the last decade, coaching with considerably high results, including winning the Australian club title late last year. His counterpart tomorrow will be the well credentialed Simon Catanzaro, winner of three Sergio Melta Medals for best and fairest in the NPL, 2005, 2007 and 2008. Continued page 39 SOLID: Brett Stephenson of Apollo.
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