Sports fans in the Pilbara will see the State’s top soccer players in action this weekend when Perth Glory takes on Sydney Olympic in matches at Newman and Karratha.
The matches will be played on Saturday, September 30, at 7.30pm in Newman at Boomerang Oval, and Monday, October 2, at 7pm in Karratha at Bulgarra Oval.
The matches have been made possible through Sport and Recreation Minister Norman Moore’s Country Sport Enrichment Scheme together with sponsorship from corporate and community organisations in the Pilbara.
Ministry of Sport and Recreation staff have worked in partnership with the shires of East Pilbara and Roebourne and many community organisations to host these major events. Corporate sponsorship has been provided by Ansett Australia, Western Power, Hamersley Iron, BHP and the North West Shelf Venture.
The matches are curtain raisers for the National Soccer League competition starting in October.
“This is a great treat for country soccer fans, particularly after the performance in the final series of the Ericsson Cup,” Mr Moore said.
“To be able to see two top soccer teams in regional Western Australia is excellent news for locals and another coup for the Country Sport Enrichment Scheme.
“Not only will Pilbara residents be able to see the matches in their own backyards, they’ll be able to meet the players in the various pre and post-match functions.”
Other events planned include coaching clinics, referee’s seminar, shopping centre visits and a breakfast for coaches of all sports in Karratha where they will be able to quiz the Glory and Sydney Olympic coaches.
Mr Moore said that the Country Sport Enrichment Scheme was all about access to quality sport for regional Western Australians.
“This tour is one of the outstanding successes of the Country Sport Enrichment Scheme and further proof that the State Government is helping to deliver top-class sport to country people,” Mr Moore said.
“This tournament will be an excellent promotion for soccer in the country. The communities in each of the towns will benefit not only from the sporting tips they will gain, but from the experience in hosting a major event as well.
“I am delighted for regional sport lovers that the Country Sport Enrichment Scheme, run by the Ministry of Sport and Recreation, is delivering top class sport on a regular basis.”
The Country Sport Enrichment Scheme has now supported a wide range of sports including cricket, soccer, football, netball, basketball, soaring, karting, swimming and athletics.
Hartley Joynt, Minister’s office, 9321 1444,
Brendan Bourke, Ministry of Sport and Recreation, 91 850194.