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Soccer threesome qualify for comp

By Katy Rutter

THREE young Denmark soccer players will compete in the Singa Cup, to be played in Singapore from November 1-9. Lumeah Masih (10), Gilligan Neunuebel (12) and Cooper Gleeson (15) were selected for the squad after playing at Country Week and attending a one-week country camp in Perth. A team of 14 will go to Singapore, comprising players from around the state. All will continue to train with their own teams, as well as attending specific Country Week training in Albany. They then train with the other cup squad members for a week before the competition, in order to combine as a team. In Singapore they will come up against some elite teams from other countries, which will test their skills and improve their overall experience in soccer.

Lumeah Masih will play in the U14s representative team. Photo by Angela Masih

Even though she is only ten, Lumeah will play in the Under-14 girls’ team. She played at Country Week last year – the first time that she was old enough Lumeah started playing soccer aged five, inspired by her two older brothers and Samantha Kerr, and already plays up an age group in the Albany competition. She likes playing on the wing, and can be relied on to take corners, free kicks and penalties. Gilligan is playing in the U12 team and has also played since he was five years old. His two big sisters are also very talented soccer players, and he says that he is always motivated to try to be better than them. Gilli likes playing in the centre or on the right of defence, and is pleased that Football West gives country kids the opportunity to do camps and extra training, as it gives them a chance to play professionally when they’re older.

Cooper Gleeson will play in the U15s. Cooper is in the back row, far right.

Cooper is playing in the U16 team and was about seven when he started playing soccer. Cooper has two younger sisters who are chasing his heels trying to be even better than he is. He plays in centre midfield and is very calm and composed in tough matches. He also played at Country Week last year, and is looking forward to seeing the culture in Singapore. Cooper enjoys interacting with his friends and team mates, and this is what motivates him most when it comes to soccer. The trio will host a Rollerdisco fundraiser at the recreation centre on September 6, from 6-8pm. There is a $5 entry fee, and be sure to bring lots of coins for a sausage sizzle and cake stall, which will raise money to help these three get to Singapore.

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