MARK Ross and Wes Clark are just as excited as their young players – or will be when they run out onto Hunter Stadium on November 2.
16 young South United Football Club players have been selected to play on Hunter Stadium at halftime of the A League game between the Hunter Mariners and Newcastle Jets on that Saturday evening early next month.
“We’ve got 46 people going, that’s parents and players,” Ross said at Wednesday’s training session.
“Luckily we’ve got a few sponsors.
“The bus people from Oxley Explorer have been a great help.
“It’s going to be a long day though – we probably won’t get home until about 1am.”
South United has 16 players from its Under 8 and 9 sides selected to play in the half- time games, four on four.
The club has 21 junior teams from under 6s through to Under 16s as well as five senior teams in the Tamworth Football Association.
“Last week they had 12,500 people here for the Perth game,” Ross said of the A League fixture.
“For the local derby they are hoping for close to 20,000.
“So the atmosphere is going to be great.
“Not everyone gets to play in front of 20,000 people.
“We’re probably going to be the first club from Tamworth to do it too.”
He said the eager young players would have another training session at Chaffey Park next Wednesday as well.
The South United club thanks Northern NSW Football for their opportunity as well as the generous sponsorship from Lysaghts Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Pty Ltd, Bibs and Ribs Tamworth, David McIntosh Building Contractors and The Oxley Explorer Bus and Coach Charters.