Tomorrow , Saturday April 1st, a huge start to the soccer season in the Riverland continues with a Regional Round of the NPL being played between the Adelaide United Youth team (Under 21) and West Adelaide at the Berri Main Oval at 4pm.
The two teams met in a similar fixture at Renmark last year and the success of the day encouraged the FFSA to return for another Regional Round in 2017.
Curtainraisers will be the outstanding Berri Under 14 team playing a Renmark- Loxton- Barmera Under 14 Combined team, a Riverland No 1 against a Riverland No 2 Senior Men’s game and a young Riverland Women’s side meeting the FFSA Under 15 Girls’ Development side. Four games for the admission price of $10 adults, $5 Concession and Under 16 free.
Also at half time in the main match a lucky patron will get the opportunity to win 4 tickets from the FFSA to attend the Socceroos game against Saudi Arabia at Adelaide Oval on 8th June.
Already in 2017 the Barmera United and Renmark Olympic senior men’s teams played a first round match of the Federation Cup at Barmera. Olympic won an entertaining game 4-1 with Hari Sahota scoring a hattrick and Yianni Sialis 1 goal. Frane Radic converted a penalty just beforehalf time for Barmera. New Renmark recruit Chris Miller, who won the Steve Poutakidis Medal playing for Berri River Rangers in 2016, played well.
Being one of only two regional teams left in the competition Renmark drew NPL team Adelaide Blue Eagles for round two hosting the game at Renmark on March 25th. Curtainraisers were Renmarkk Reserves against Adelaide Puma Reserves and Barmera United against Adelaide Puma in a senior men’s clash.
Recovering from a serious injury Tarquin Frahn and Simon Crouch played well for Olympic in a 1-0 victory in the Reserves game. In the senior game Barmera United trailed Puma 0-2 at half time but fought back to go down by only one goal 3-4 at the end. Richard Mitchell, John Spilios and Jim Fournaros played well for Barmera.
Renmark Olympic proved very competitive early in its Federation Cup game against Blue Eagles, a contest termed a David versus Goliath clash, and only trailed 0-2 at half time. But the Adelaide visitor had undergone a strenuous pre season program and was five games into its season compared to the Renmark side having limited preparation so it was no surprise that fitness was a major factor in the second half. Blue Eagles with 5 goals to Stefan Simic and 3 to Jean-Claude Boyokino went on to win 11-0. Olympic had a chance to score several goals with Chris Miller active and better players also included Simon Crouch at right back and Kenzo Kokeguchi.
Riverland fans have enjoyed a feast of soccer already with the domestic season still to start.