Players Michael Thwaite and Bas van den Brink model Gold Coast United’s home and away playing strips.
Players Michael Thwaite and Bas van den Brink model Gold Coast United’s home and away playing strips.

Rams excited about match-up

Hyundai A-League newcomers, Gold Coast United, will play Byron Bay Rams in a training match at the Rec Ground on Sunday afternoon – a match-up Rams players are very excited about, according to coach Peter Ware.

“To play against a team of this calibre is absolutely fantastic,” he said.

“The reality is we are playing a team of superstars and we are minnows.

“It’s great that a big club like this is bringing the game to the grassroots level.”

As well as is own top players, Ware also will have four or five Football Far North Coast rep players in his squad.

Gold Coast head coach, Miron Bleiberg, said the match was an opportunity for talented local players to display their skills in front of the watching United coaching staff.

“If we had played in Northern NSW against another Hyundai A-League club, then it would just have been another game,” he said.

“By playing a ‘select’ team from the area, we can take a look at any talent on display and keep an eye on their progress if they impress us.

“There will be far more interaction this way and of course we are always keen to unearth a diamond if we can.

“This region of Northern NSW is very much in our catchment area for both supporters and future players.

“We will arrive in the morning and conduct a coaching clinic with some young players and basically spend the whole day there; we are really looking forward to it.

“It’s a great opportunity for people in the area to get close to the players, meet them all and watch them play in the afternoon.” .

CEO of Gold Coast United, Clive Mensink, said the club was pleased to have finally agreed on a date to visit the region.

“We’re delighted that the opportunity has finally arrived for us to visit Northern NSW,” Mr Mensink said.

 “During the application process for our admission to the Hyundai A-League we always recognised that the region was a hotbed of football talent and we know there is a lot of interest in the code.

“We hope that this is the start of an ongoing and mutually beneficial relationship with the region. Our aim is to provide football opportunities and pathways in the coming years for players in this area, as well as giving them a successful Hyundai A-League team to support.

“We’re all looking forward to coming and I’m sure the local people will have a great time.”

Players and coaching staff will hold a coaching clinic and sign autographs for local youngsters before the game.

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