Players from across the globe kick in Bangalow Summer Sixes

LEFT: David Locke (right) tries to avoid the attention of Bahia Tigers’ Ronald Rojas.
LEFT: David Locke (right) tries to avoid the attention of Bahia Tigers’ Ronald Rojas.

THEY come from all corners of the globe but there is only one language that matters to Jeremy Sutton and the boys from the Seven Nations Army.

The multi-national team is one of more than 60 sides involved in this year's Bangalow Summer Sixes tournament, which will wrap up this Thursday after another successful competition.

Although players reside in the Byron Shire, the side includes members from across the British Isles, New Zealand, Brazil and other countries.

Suffolk Park-based Sutton said cultural barriers were put to one side when the action started.

"As an American, I've played alongside people from across the world," the 46-year-old said.

"I can say 'man on' in Bosnian and Spanish. "I guess it's the international language of soccer. We all speak the language we love.

"I guess it's the love of the game that keeps us together."

More than 600 players from across the region have featured in this season's event, enjoying short

matches at the Bangalow Playing Fields.

The weekly competition has run for more than a decade and provides valuable off-season play for participants.

"I think people have the right attitude," Sutton said.

"Sometimes we maybe take it too seriously, but it's just about fun.

"It's a really well-organised tournament and great to be involved in."


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