Football pre-season under way

OAK Flats Falcons Football Club's coaching panel met recently to discuss the upcoming season.

The 2014 District League competition includes 14 teams playing 16 matches, starting on March 8.

The coaching staff comprises head coach Michael "Gus" Garcia, assistant Gary Newall, youth grade coaches Klaus Wunsch and Andrew "Harry" Hudson, plus reserve grade coaches Nathan Porteous and Michael Guinery.

The women's team will be coached by Robert Hudson and Elaine Hudson, with the over-35s led by Robby Day and Mark Vinton.

Pre-season trials and training begin this week on Tuesday and Thursday, and on Saturday from 9.30am.

A shortened pre-season cup competition will take place this year.

Games in the competition started last week.

Early games will be 20 minutes each way, with the finals being 40 to 45 minutes each way.

The Falcons are inviting ambitious under-20 youth grade footballers from junior clubs who are 16 years or older to trial for inclusion in the Falcons' squad.

At present there is plenty of player movement around various clubs, meaning everybody is looking for promising prospects.

Garcia is optimistic of creating a successful team, aiming to eventually join the Premier League.

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