Kicking for a cause

FINAL HIT OUT: Glen Innes juniors will bid farewell to their season this Saturday with a round robin gala day.
FINAL HIT OUT: Glen Innes juniors will bid farewell to their season this Saturday with a round robin gala day.

Glen Innes’ junior soccer sides will see off their season with a charity round robin this Saturday. 

The association have chosen to raise money for mental health organisation beyondblue. 

Junior president Preston Parkes said it was a charity the association feels strongly about with people involved with the sport locally affected by mental illness. 

“We will have cakes and the blue bands for purchase,” he said. 

“We have been touched by it so we thought we would do that.

“I think the last time we did it we held a pink ribbon day and it has become a bit of a running thing that we have a theme for a gala day and do a bit of fundraising on it.”

After the completion of the day’s matches, players will get to take on their parents. 

“At the end of that, we will have kids versus parents. They just get out there and play against their parents,” Parkes said. 

There will also be a penalty shootout before the players, coaches and officials head to the services club for the association’s presentation day at 1pm. 

Highlanders advance to semi-finals

The Glen Innes Highlanders second division team finished their season on Saturday with a narrow loss. 

They took on Westside Armidale for the round 15 clash and went down 2-nil. 

David Robinson, Connor Duddy and Brock Webster had great games to finish the season.

The first division side aim to repeat their success in recent years in the New England competition when they host a North Armidale this Saturday for the opening round of semi-finals. 

Against Westside in the final round, the Highlanders played their worst game of the year and finished with a 4-all draw. 

Despite the draw, the Highlanders still managed to hold on to third spot on the table. They play at Wilson Park with the game commencing at 3pm. 

The loser will be eliminated, while the winner will go on to face the loser of the first and second-placed clash between TAS and Guyra.