Buninyong Redbacks Soccer Club entered the season with no club rooms, no sponsors, no electricity and no genuine home. Five months later it claimed the division two premiership in its maiden season in the Ballarat and District Soccer Association.
In fact, all the Redbacks boast at its pitch in Buninyong is a shed.
“We’re going to have to pop rivet the flag onto the side of the shed,” President Sue Mroczkowski joked.
The club formed in 2009 with three junior teams and was largely a satellite group of Vic Park Soccer Club but its under-11 team has advanced through the grades, recruiting players along the way, to debut among the senior ranks in 2016. The talented outfit has been forced to train and play at Morshead Park for much of the season and while it is a great venue to train at the inability to have a facilities to call its own has made things difficult at times. Particularity when its come to training and the freedom to do extra sessions. But in a classic rags to riches story, the club is confident it can develop off the back of its success following the 4-2 victory over Daylesford.
“We can’t showcase good soccer in Buninyong. My dream is to have a really good pitch in Buninyong. I think it’s great we’ve been able to achieve what we have in spite of the lack of facilities.”