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Year 9 Students Play Football in Sydney

posted 4 Aug 2015, 15:41 by OC Web   [ updated 4 Aug 2015, 15:42 ]
"Three Year 9 students from Ōtaki College travelled to Sydney in July with Capital Football to play in the M sports cup. Matthew Braddock, Chris Hawley-Stone and Fergus Roy spent the week in Sydney playing in the M Sport cup for two 13th grade Capital Football teams. The boys were all selected last year for Capital Football's Federation Talent Centre, Kāpiti squad, a talent training programme that is overseen by NZ Football. They were then invited to be part of 2 teams that travelled to compete in the M Sports cup in Sydney against 8 other teams, one from Auckland and 7 from Sydney, including Sydney's top squads.

The boys had an absolutely fantastic time, travelling with some of their Kāpiti FTC team and boys from other FTC teams from the Lower North Island regions. They played with many boys who are their rivals in the weekly Saturday morning club soccer pool, but who are now their friends. They learned a lot and had an amazing time. One team came 4th in the competition and the other came 6th, with minimal points in the difference for playoff spots.

It was definitely a trip that they will all remember for a very long time. Matthew Braddock received support from the Ōtaki Community Board for the cost of his trip, and Chris Hawley-Stone received support from the Ōtaki Womens Community Club, both were most appreciative of this support towards the cost of their travel."

(Report written by Shelly Warwick)