Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Legends Chasing a Win; Council Soccer Team in Friendly against the African All Stars

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Legends Chasing a Win; Council Soccer Team in Friendly against the African All Stars

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Byline: Jem Wilson Reporter

LISMORE City Council's Lismore Legends team will have its work cut out when it takes on the African All Stars in a friendly soccer match at Crozier Oval on November 9.

Despite an improved showing last year, the city council team is yet to win a game in its annual match against Lismore's African community.

The Council's community services co-ordinator, Annie McWilliam, said the game evolved out of refugee week commemorations.

aIt began four years ago as a community development project council was running in the early days when most of the refugee community in Lismore was just arriving,a she said.

aIt was really just council wanting to have a fun opportunity to engage with what was at that time the Sudanese community, but now it involves the much-wider African community.a

The council's event co-ordinator and key midfielder John Bancroft said soccer was a game that crossed cultural boundaries.

aIt's just something everyone likes on both sides of the fence and it takes that fence down, I suppose, in a funny way,a Mr Bancroft said. …

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