Narrogin Festival of Soccer set to return to Thomas Hogg Oval for competitive weekend of sport

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The Narrogin Festival of Soccer is set to attract players from across the South West to the Thomas Hogg Oval this Saturday to help fuel the passion for the sport in the region.

Last year’s inaugural festival was the first time in 25 years that competitive soccer had returned to Narrogin, attracting more than 80 kids from kindy to Year 12 to play in the junior clinics and exhibitions matches.

The competition will kick off with free junior clinics for school-aged kids at 11am followed by the under-12s Collie Power Boys taking on the Narrogin Soccer Boys at 12.30pm.

The Collie Power Soccer Club and the Albany Rovers Football Club will make the journey to the southern Wheatbelt for the competition.

The combined Collie Power Men’s and Narrogin Soccer Club will face off against Albany Rovers for the CFMEU Cup.

The day will come to an end with a match between Collie Power Women’s and the Mt Barker Women’s teams.

St Matthew’s Primary School deputy principal and striker for the Narrogin-Collie team, Mark Tenney said the competition was coming back to town after last year’s successful turnout.

“For our two exhibition matches last year, it was the first time that a competitive soccer match had been played in Narrogin in over 20 years,” he said.

“There used to be a team in town in the early 1900s until the late 1980s but it unfortunately folded.

“A few of us from Narrogin have been travelling to Collie for the past few years to play in the local South West competition there, and we wanted to promote the game in the Narrogin region.”

Spectators and players will get back-to-back soccer action at the free event as well as fun activities including an inflatable soccer pitch, giant soccer balls and prizes.

To register, visit www.trybooking.com/BXTRW.

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