Back on their feet for a ball

SIX years ago Smithfield RSL Football Club was thriving, providing sport for several hundred players.

Then they stopped playing.

There was no more soccer under the club's banner and the juniors and seniors in many divisions had to play elsewhere.

But the club is back in 2014 from the wilderness and the teams donning the black and white colours will be kicking the round ball around the fields of Fairfield once more.

In recent months new president Pat Petrulla, secretary Morris Lapa and his brother Frank Lapa have got down to work to get the club back and they will enter teams in this year's Southern Districts Soccer Football Association competitions.

The association competitions start on Saturday, April 5, and Sunday, April 6.

Trials for age groups from under-12s to under-21s started on Monday and continue at Brenan Park, Smithfield, until Friday, January 31.

"I remember playing against Smithfield RSL Football Club in the 1980s," new secretary Morris Lapa said.

Southern Districts Soccer Football Association administrator Rosanna Lentini said they are pleased to see Smithfield RSL FC back.

"We now have 36 clubs and expect more than 11,000 registered players this season," Lentini said.

"It's good to see new clubs join and old clubs return."

Morris Lapa said they hope to get a minimum of eight teams on the park this season stretching from the under-6s to under-21 age groups.

"We are also recruiting team managers and coaches and volunteers to help," Morris Lapa said.

"And we have a hard-working committee of eight people already on deck."

Socceroos star Harry Kewell, who once played for Smithfield RSL Football Club in his junior days, is the most well known

Members of the men's and women's Wanderers' teams will be at Brenan Park, on Sunday, February 9, at 11am, to show the youngsters some skills.

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