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Broome soccer stars on the international stage at SingaCup

Jane MurphyBroome Advertiser
Sarali Gray, 14, Charlie Price, 15, and Darci Chapman, 16.
Camera IconSarali Gray, 14, Charlie Price, 15, and Darci Chapman, 16. Credit: Broome Advertiser/Jane Murphy

Three young Broome soccer stars have been given the opportunity of a lifetime, selected from thousands nationwide to compete in an international tournament in Singapore.

The Singa Cup is a prestigious youth football tournament aimed at fostering the next generation of soccer talent, and this year, Charlie Price, Sarali Gray and Darci Chapman are throwing their hat in the ring.

The girls will travel to Singapore as party of the Country State Team in their respective age groups and participate in eight days of matches followed by finals.

The Broome Senior High School students were selected for their teams during Football West Country Week, an annual school holiday program for regional players.

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Fifteen-year-old Charlie said it has been a long and exciting process.

“Last year (at country week) we got scouted for the Country State Team,” she said.

“Then we went down to Perth for a week to have training and trials, and they selected a team out of that.”

Since their selection, the girls have been working hard in the lead-up to the trip.

“It’s a pretty big deal,” 14-year-old Sarali said.

“We’ve done a lot of endurance training, getting our fitness up and working together.”

Once in Singapore, the contestants may also earn the opportunity for a trial with a football club in Europe.

Darci, 16, said this was just one of the many exciting things to gain from the trip.

“I’m hoping to make some new friendships and gain some more skills,” Darci said.

The experience promises to be a thrilling experience for the girls, none of whom have travelled further than Bali.

The Broome soccer stars will head to the Singa Cup, held from November 5 to 12, before staying to enjoy a well-deserved holiday in the popular Asian destination.

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