The National Premiers League soccer season kicked off on Saturday, February 24, when the Goulburn Valley Suns took on Nunawading FC at their home ground, John McEwen Reserve, Shepparton.
The season runs until September 15, a total of 27 rounds.
The Golden Valley Suns are one of the two regional clubs in the League, the remaining teams are Melbourne based.
Since their selection trials last October, the five talented young Benalla players have undertaken their training with dedication and intensity. Meagan Webster, Rhyss Scipione, Josh Grima and Ethan Scipione were all selected to play with Golden Valley Suns Football Club, along with Natalie Grima who selected for Caulder United SC. Each one is greatly enthusiastic for the 2018 season and are thrilled at having the opportunity to play at this level.
All the youngsters find the matches challenging and at this level the play is serious stuff.
But they love it and it is exactly what they have signed up for.
Many miles will be driven this year for training and matches and it will be tiring and costly for the parents of these determined kids.
These families can travel anywhere from Heidelburg to Langwarrin and everywhere in between, but the parents say they wouldn’t have it any other way.
Helping achieve these goals is possible with the generous grants awarded to each player by the ‘‘Benalla Young Sportspersons Trust’’.
Benalla is fortunate to have the ‘‘BYST’’, which is dedicated in its endeavours to assist young athletes to continue on with the sports they love, inspiring them to reach their full potential.
Without the trust’s generosity, many aspiring young athletes may not have the opportunity to challenge themselves and pursue their dreams.
The Grima, Scipione and Webster families are most appreciative of the assistance of this grant from Benalla Young Sportspersons Trust.