Panthers on the prowl ahead of social soccer season

THE New Norfolk men’s and women’s social soccer teams are getting excited as the start of the season fast approaching. The first round for both men and women is the weekend of March 19-20.

The Panthers’ men’s team qualified for the 2022 Champions League due to their finishing position on the ladder last season and the majority of last year’s players have returned this year, with an eye to performing well in the Champions League and to finishing higher on the Southern Championship 4 ladder this year. Training is going well and friendlies are being organised in the lead up to the first game.

The newly-formed women’s team is a combination of experienced and completely new players but they all have the desire to have fun and learn new skills. The team has a couple of places available and are very inclusive and supportive so any women interested in playing are welcome to contact the club or just show up at training on Wednesdays at 6.30pm at Tynwald Park, New Norfolk.

Registrations for juniors and youth are open and can be completed on the Play Football website (www.playfootball.com.au). Search for New Norfolk Junior Soccer Club for juniors turning 5 years and up to 11 years as MiniRoos club football, or New Norfolk Soccer Club for youth aged 12 years and up to 16 years.

The club is pleased to say that fees remain the same as they have for several years at $120 for juniors and $180 for youth. These fees can be dramatically reduced if children are eligible for Ticket To Play vouchers (please apply for vouchers before you register), check your eligibility at www.communities.tas.gov.au/ticket-to-play.

The junior season begins on the first weekend in April with training starting in late February/early March. Parents are welcome to contact the club via Facebook or by emailing newnorfolkpantherssc@gmail.com for further information.

The club is very pleased to announce that Paulys Pizza at New Norfolk will once again be donating the Most Valuable Player award to a player in each team every week.

Picture: Women’s coach Rebecca Lynd putting players through their paces at training.

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