Seven-a-side summer soccer season a smash

BALLARAT Summer Sevens is under way, with corporate teams putting on the soccer boots on Wednesdays and Thursdays at Morshead park.

The Football Federation Victoria-endorsed competition is run on a half-sized soccer pitch.

Round four began yesterday and will continue this evening.

Manager Jason Thurgood said there were a lot of goals being scored and great players and teams in the competition. 

“It’s about the charities, but as a sports person, as soon as you cross the line it becomes serious,” Thurgood said. 

The game involves a variation of soccer, where each side has six players plus a goalkeeper.

Games run with two 20-minute halves and there is no off-side. 

The series involves two men’s divisions with an 18-30 age bracket and an over-30s. 

Profits from the competition are donated to a charity chosen by the eventual winning team. 

After round three, top of the ladder for the 18-30 division is Paul McClounan’s team Shabalala, ahead of Screaming Eagles, made up of North Ballarat footballers and friends.

On top of the 30-plus division is Cougars.

Summer soccer: Paul McClounan, Josh Romein with daughter Leni, and Shaun Romein are among those keeping fit and raising money for charity over the warmer months by participating in Ballarat’s Summer Sevens soccer competition. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Summer soccer: Paul McClounan, Josh Romein with daughter Leni, and Shaun Romein are among those keeping fit and raising money for charity over the warmer months by participating in Ballarat’s Summer Sevens soccer competition. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER