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John McVeity Centre: Sport more than just kicking a ball around.

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John McVeity Centre: Sport more than just kicking a ball around.
Published 14 March 2017
Sometimes sport is about more than just kicking a ball and in the case of the soccer team Zomi United that is certainly true.

Sometimes sport is about more than just kicking a ball and in the case of the soccer team Zomi United that is certainly true. ^^ Zomi United captain Hang Naulak, pictured with John McVeity Centre's Ben Whalan, said playing soccer at the facility helps keep him connected with his community.

Photo: Rob McLean The team of young men, who play at the Playford-based John McVeity Centre, are all refugees from Myanmar, members of the Zomi community who have fled religious and racial persecution in their country.

For Zomi United, playing soccer at the JMC is a way of keeping a connection with their community and their troubled country.

“Sometimes it’s hard to keep in touch, so this is a way to get together as a community and do something we love, which is soccer,” team captain Hang Naulak said.

“It feels like we are closer to home when we play.”

When growing up, many of the players could not afford to purchase a soccer ball, so found unconventional ways to play.

“It’s expensive in Burma to get a soccer ball, so we’d collect plastic and make one – playing with a proper ball is very different,” Hang said.Zomi United, which recently won the JMC’s summer season division two grand final, enjoys playing at the Smithfield Plains facility.

“We will be back during the new season, we love it here,” Hang said.

The new winter soccer season starts tomorrow night and team nominations can still be made.

If you’re interested in playing soccer, or other court sports, at the JMC, contact via Facebook or ring 8480 0100.Results (for week beginning March 8):

SOCCER

Sunday (round one)

D6 3 l Volt 111 4, Release the Kraken 1 l The Mighty Goats 8, P.B.C.R.U 4 d The Old Guns 2, Anchormen 11 d Young Guns 1, Golden Balls 0 l Trump FC 5, Balls Deep 3 d Yolo Toure 2, Tea & Busquets 6 d The Blues 5, Jur Jur 8 d The Shims 1.

NETBALL

Wednesday women (round nine)

Poison Ivy 31 d Wildcats 25, Shades of Grey 31 d Wii Not Fit 12.

BASKETBALL

Friday men (round nine)

Kareem Of The Crop 59 d The Sweat Fests 9, Savage AF 47 d Northern Heat 38,Vikings 84 d Tigers 34.

Splash 53 vs Trust The Process 47, StormHoopers 20 d Flight Crew 0, The Pigs 33 d Dav Stars 32, Blazers 26 l Swish 65.