Off-season soccer fun

Junior players Shiloh Koole and Riley-John Patten challenge each other for possession of the ball.

The battle for the ball will heat up amongst the 190 juniors playing the final spring competition game at Monbulk Rangers Soccer Club this week.

Junior coordinator Sally Moody said interest in the club’s round robin 5 and 7-a-side competition had been at an all-time high, prompting the club to announce a summer competition.

The competition will be held from 30 January at the home pitch in Old Emerald Road, Monbulk.

“We’ve also scheduled a couple of two-day school holiday clinics at the club in mid-January to capitalise on the success of our spring comp,” Ms Moody said.

“We’re aiming to skill up current players but also take young kids interested in learning to play soccer and show them why it’s the number one game for juniors in Australia.”

The Summer Competition will run for six weeks and also act as a pre-season skill session for Monbulk Rangers players registered for next season.

Last week, 20 young Monbulk Rangers players ran onto AAMI Stadium as mascots for Melbourne Victory.

Club president Theo Kerstens said it’s been a family affair at the pitch this term, with fathers and mothers of the spring comp players competing in the Seniors 7 a side on Friday nights.