Hamersley Welcomes New Recruits for 2012
01 May 2012
Hamersley Rovers have recruited well for season 2012, while we have also said goodbye for now to some very talented players from the first and reserve team squad.
Midfielder Ryan Sochanik joins us from Stirling Panthers where he played in 2011 against Hamersley in Division 1. Ryan has previously played for FC Cantera in the Spanish Primera Regional.
Striker Sam Long has recently moved over from the UK and joins Hamersley having previously played for Redoubt FC and AFC Emley in the Northern Counties League.
Midfielder Michael Howard trained with Hamersley last year but a serious knee injury prevented him from playing any games. Michael spent 6 years with Arsenal as a youngster and a year with Luton Town before moving to the semi-professional ranks with Edgware Town.
Matt Emery has come to Hamersley from Wembley socials and is an accomplished defender having been on the books at Leeds Utd and Bradford City in his early years. Conor Fullard has also joined from Wembley socials having played for Hamersley in 2009 and 2010.
Haig Kingston has established himself as the first team goalkeeper in the few months he has been with us. Haig has come out to Australia to play for Hamersley from Brighton in the UK having played for Seaford Town and Ringmer FC in the Sussex County League. Haig has represented Sussex County and was a youth team player for Brighton and Hove Albion.
Rejoining the club are Logan Crawford and Steve Pountney. Logan spent 2011 working away from Perth while Steve had taken a year off soccer.
Leaving the club this year are four former Shamrock players Paul Harland, Ritchie Partridge, Gary McCue and Glen Arkins. Paul has moved to masters football in Joondalup, Ritchie has signed for Perth Royals which is closer to home and Gary has retired from soccer after knee problems. Glen has welcomed a new addition to his family and continues to train with us for fitness.
Colin Outhwaite, Imre Szabo, Patrick and Daniel Guggisberg have decided to move onto other clubs but remain close friends with many at Hamersley. Matt Austin has taken a job offer which means he cannot play this year but we hope to see him back in a Hamersley shirt in the future.
We also lose three great players who have decided to move onto Masters football. Our top goal scorer for the past two seasons, Mark Hunt, has decided to retire from amateur soccer, despite being arguably the fittest 41 year old in Perth! Former first team captain and player of the year, Craig Rogers, has retired (again!) and can be seen playing for Hamersley Masters along with long time servant Scott Morris. Scott has played first team football since 2006 and has always been a dependable player and reliable midfielder.
Coach Tel Stupple has also stepped down and hung up the boots for now also due to family additions but continues to have close ties with the club and the players. Tel did a fantastic job last year leading the club back to the premier league and we hope to see him down at Carine on match days this season to watch the team.
Hamersley Rovers welcomes our new members and we hope their time with us is a long, successful and happy one.
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