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Festival Of Football Comes To Busselton


Top quality soccer will be on display in Busselton this Saturday when they host the National Premier League clash between Perth Glory and Sorrento.


Glory have started the season well under new coach former Socceroo Richard Garcia and they are looking to go one better in 2019 after finishing runners-up last season. Their line-up is likely to include Young Socceroos Callum Timmins and Nick Walsh plus dangerous striker Luke Salmon. Perth Glory A-League coach Tony Popovic might also be an interested spectator as his two sons, Kristian and Gabriel, are regular members of the club’s NPL squad.


Sorrento has been one of the better performed sides in the league in recent years under the tutelage of Glory legend, Jamie Harnwell. Led by experienced defender Shaun Kilkenny, Sorrento will be looking to strikers Jordan Roberts and Cameron Teece to unlock the Glory defence.


Currently both sides sit in equal third position and are dangerous going forward and aggressive in their approach to regaining possession. It will be most interesting to see how quickly both teams come to grips with conditions of the picturesque Barnard Park pitch.


The NPL game will kick-off at 3pm with two games between the Leeuwin Naturaliste and Country Coastal junior associations taking place at 11am and 1pm. Perth Glory will also hold an open training session at Barnard Park at 4pm on Friday which will coincide with a free workshop for coaches, who will have access to Garcia and and Football West Leeuwin Naturaliste Development Officer Juan Propato.


On Sunday local soccer will be back in action after the Easter break with CMI Busselton Men’s Premier and Reserve sides travelling to take on Australind. This match will be a test for Alan Armstrong’s side considering that they played in a hard fought Pioneer Cup final some 72 hours earlier. The Triple M Ladies side venture to Dunsborough and they will be looking to regain some form after a disappointing last game against Dynamos. In the final fixture the Woody Nook Masters will encounter a strong Dalyellup side in another away fixture.

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