Three Blue Mountains soccer players have been selected to compete in an international tournament in Fiji.
Cameron Morris from Valley Heights, Alek Catanzariti from Mt Riverview and Eddie Chung from Glenbrook will represent IFG NSW in the under 14s category of the Fiji Soccer Cup.
The boys were noticed by IFG (International Football Group) technical director Bruce Tilt four months ago when he turned up to a game.
Sporting players from all over NSW, the squad has had four training sessions in Sydney and players are ready to embrace the competition.
Cameron, who plays on the wing, said he was “really excited about going to Fiji.”
It’s the first time he’s been in an international tournament and he’s hoping to play well, as there will be talent scouts watching.
Cameron started playing soccer in the under 5s with Springwood, moving across to Nepean Football Club in the under 9s. Next season he’ll represent Nepean in the under 15s in the National Premier League.
His mum, Chantal Morris, said she’d already noticed her son’s game improve under the IFG team’s coach Daniel Taylor.
“Having a different coach brings out a different game. It all comes together,” she said.
“Cameron has taken on a few tips. They gave good advice.”
Alek and Eddie also play for Nepean Football Club, and next season Eddie is moving to Blacktown Spartans. They both play centre back, and all three players know each other from the school environment as well, as they are in year 8 at St Columba’s Catholic College.
The trio fly out on Saturday for the week-long competition versing players from the Pacific, Fiji, New Zealand and Australia.
The trip won’t only be about the game. The boys will also experience Fijian culture and will donate old soccer boots and gear to kids in the villages.