Fun-filled social soccer nights at Silkwood Junior Football Club

Silkwood Junior Football Club Under 11 team in 1980.

WEATHER permitting, Silkwood Junior Football Club host social games for juniors and seniors of all ages and skill levels each month at Centenary Park, Silkwood on Friday nights.

The next social night will be held on Thursday, September 16, and will feature inter-school games with Silkwood State School, St John’s Silkwood, Mena Creek, and El Arish schools taking part.

Spectators are most welcome to attend, and any parents who can assist on the night.

So far, the two nights have been well supported by players who do not want the commitment of full competition and travel.

More junior boys and girls are welcome, and senior players are needed to make up ladies’ or mixed teams.

There has been a decline in player numbers over the last few years, until eventually Silkwood was no longer represented in the junior competition, and subsequently it was moved to Castor Park, Mourilyan in 2021.

A new committee has been formed with Stephen Andrijevic as President, Anthony Barbagallo (Vice President), Sandra Andrijevic (Secretary), and Alfina Barbagallo (Treasurer). 

These dedicated volunteers are trying to save the Club and bring it back to some of its former glory, not only for Silkwood but for the game of soccer and the Cassowary Coast region.

Silkwood boasts one of the best junior grounds in the region, with excellent facilities, and is located centrally to service Tully, Mission Beach, Silkwood, and Innisfail.

John Bovey formed the Silkwood Junior Football Club in 1976/77 and Silkwood State School Principal, Bruno Scopelliti, was elected as the first Chairperson.

As the home of the Johnstone River Football Association, Silkwood was the nursery ground for players such as Steve Corica and Kim Carroll.

Silkwood Junior Football Club is pleased to receive the support of Innisfail United Football Club who understand the importance of keeping these wonderful soccer facilities alive.

All four clubs, Tully, Mission Beach, Innisfail, and Boogan are the feeder clubs for Innisfail United, so a good relationship with all clubs is vital to cultivating local junior talent throughout the Cassowary Coast.

The club wish to promote the facilities to be utilised by juniors and seniors and, in the past two months hosted two Innisfail United Ladies’ teams.

Meetings are held every month at Silkwood soccer grounds, and the committee is always looking for volunteers to assist with refereeing, in the canteen, kitchen, and manning the sausage sizzle.

In 2022, Silkwood Junior Soccer Club is hoping to attract membership and return to the competition.For further details on upcoming nights and game times, please contact Sandra on 0448 656 882, visit the Silkwood Junior Football Club Facebook page, or send an email to silkwoodjfc@gmail.com.

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