Eden Killer Whales aim to grow

On the ball: Nikeysha Landsborough looks to trap and control the ball during her first season of soccer with Eden's under 10s last year.
On the ball: Nikeysha Landsborough looks to trap and control the ball during her first season of soccer with Eden's under 10s last year.

The Eden Killer Whales are hoping to cover all bases with two registration sessions this weekend. 

The first session will run at the home of the Killer Whales, the Eden Soccer Ground, from 10am until noon on Saturday and the second between 2 and 4pm on Sunday. 

“We are coming off the back of a couple of seasons of growth where our numbers have increased, but we’re always welcoming new players or coaches to join us,” Mr Donaldson said. 

The club’s junior ranks have been a strong point for the last couple of years and Mr Donaldson said there had already been keen interest with the club expected to boast a strong retention of the young players. 

An added boost for registering juniors this year will be an included club polo in their registration fees in a push to build club culture. 

“The idea is to have the club looking smart when we show up on game day all in our club shirts,” Mr Donaldson said. 

“It looks like we’ll keep most of our eager kids and we’ve had quite a few inquiries from new players as well.”

He said the club would be hopeful to host as many, if not more, young players than last season, where almost 160 young players were involved. 

Numbers in the senior draw also looking promising at this stage, with the ladies roster welcoming a good number of returns, while the men’s could expand to two teams. 

“The ladies have a good repeat turnout of players from last year, but they’re welcoming some new members as well,” Mr Donaldson said. 

“Meanwhile, we’ve already welcomed some new members in the men’s and numbers are looking good. 

“But we’re obviously happy for more to put their hand up if they’re interested.”

Mr Donaldson said the club was close to a “tipping point” of being able to forge two men’s sides and ideally would look at entering both the reserves and first grade senior draws. 

“That’s certainly a goal for the committee, our aim is to get Eden back into the first grand reserve grade after years out of the sport." he said. 

For anyone who cannot make either registration session, for the first time the club will offer online registrations through the myfootball website. 

But anyone interested in signing up is encouraged to attend either session where club members will be on hand to answer and questions you have. 

“If you’re interested in playing, but want to talk to us first, come along to one of the sessions,” Mr Donaldson said. 

Or you can contact club registrar Kate Webster on 0417 550 852.

The season proper gets underway at the start of April with the first round to run on April 2. 

Mr Donaldson said the club was hoping to finalise team entries and launch training runs for both juniors and seniors by the end of the month or early in March.