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The Mullum U12 Division 1 soccer team. Photo supplied

The Mullumbimby U12 Division 1 soccer team had a challenging start to their season.

Formed from players who joined from three different clubs, the team consisted of a group of wonderful young lads with a mission to become a cohesive and formidable unit. The initial games were tough, with losses exceeding 10-0, but after months of hard work, they secured their first win in Lismore three weeks ago.

Last Saturday’s game presented a new challenge, as the team started with only eight players. With all other teams playing simultaneously, it was a struggle to find extra players. Fortunately, two courageous young players from the U9 team, Percy and Louie, stepped in to help.

The team faced off against Goonellabah, their tough bottom-table rivals, with only ten players. Despite the odds, they stood strong and defended well.

Shortly before the break, a pivotal moment occurred. Young Louie, playing at right back, fearlessly won the ball and dribbled through the opposition’s defence, only to be brought down in the box. The crowd was on their feet, eagerly awaiting the coach’s decision on who would take the penalty.

The coach answered quietly from her box: ‘I trust the boys. We’ll let them sort it out’.

To everyone’s surprise, the team quickly stepped back, allowing young Louie to position the ball. With a deep breath and a calm demeanour, Louie struck the ball into the left corner of the goal, leaving the keeper with no chance. Mullum was up 1-0!

The game continued with two goals from their rivals, but Jasper responded with two goals for Mullum. Jasper dedicated his second goal to his teammate Zee, who was watching from the bench with crutches.

This game exemplified the transformation of these young players into a real team. They supported their young colleagues, showed solidarity with their injured mates, and respected their rivals by choosing fair play at every turn. The coach and the fans couldn’t be prouder of their progress and sportsmanship.


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