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SSC Newspaper : June 2010
Strathfeld Scene 15 www.ourstrathfeld.com.au "It would be good if the kids could register for this season during the World Cup, but we’re expecting an increased player base next season.” – Joe Jiminez, Strathfeld Strikers president SPORT RUGBY St Pats nished second in last year's NSW Suburban Rugby club championship and this year, the same club stands in their way -- Knox. is grudge match was played at Hudson Park in May. When the rst graders (Kentwell Cup) took the eld, the lower grades stood at two-apiece. e rst grade lost 24-20. A er round six, St Pats trailed Knox by 262 points in the club championship. First grade coach and a still-playing veteran of 504 games, Paul Orland, said, "We are motivated by an intense rivalry with Knox. ey've beaten us in two grand nals. It hurts." St Pats will meet Knox again on July 24 at Koola Park. CRICKET Strath eld Cricket Club's Garry Sheen was declared Player of the Year at the Premier's Dinner at Darling Harbour on May 14. In the First Grade Competition, the all-rounder scored 825 runs, including 3 centuries, and took 62 wickets at an average of 11.61, with a best of 8/39. e Strath eld Firsts won the minor premiership, but lost the nal by 8 runs. e club retained the Frank Gray Shield for under-24s. In Brief Socceroo Shannon Cole with talented under-eight, Christopher Raed. Strath eld Strikers score World Cup gold The Strath eld Strikers are hoping for a World Cup bonus later this month, a er recording a 25 per cent rise in players following the last tournament in 2006. Despite a registration cut-o at May 31 for the current season, the club still expects membership to rise once youngsters feel the excitement of the Cup in South Africa. "It would be good if the kids could register for this season during the World Cup, but we're expecting an increased player base for next season," says Strikers president Joe Jimenez. "It's probably due to the extra a ention soccer receives from the World Cup." e Strikers, who can boast 840 members in a number of teams, recently held a barbecue and introduced former Strath eld Striker Shannon Cole, once a talented young footballer who went to school in the municipality. Cole dreamed of one day playing for the Socceroos. His hopes were realised when he made his international debut in the team's 1-0 victory over Indonesia in Brisbane this year. While the Sydney FC right back won't be playing for the Socceroos in South Africa By Ma Khoury this month -- the return of the international names made this impossible -- he says he will be there in spirit. e 25-year-old is now eyeing o the 2016 World Cup. Cole is keen to encourage young people to catch a dose of football fever. He recently a ended a training session and barbecue at Strath eld Park, alongside autograph-hunting youngsters who also aspire to a green-and- gold jersey. His advice to youngsters who a ended a training session at Strath eld Park last month was: "Enjoy yourself. At every level, winning comes with that." e juniors at Strath eld Strikers are se ing their sights a li le later. Talented goal-scorer Christopher Raed, who plays for the Strath eld Strikers' under-eights, said, "I might play for Australia by the time I'm 20," which would have him ready for the 2022 World Cup -- which could be played at Homebush Bay. Raed is one of many talents at the soccer club, which boasts over 800 registered players through 60 teams. Mark Stavroulakis, of Football NSW, said training camps that aren't in a team environment were available this winter. Summer competition registrations are still open, he said.