Valentine Sports Park had Pararoos fever as Kai Lammert’s 20-player squad were put through their paces at Football NSW’s ‘Home of Football’ for three days.
Commencing on Friday 12th of April, Lammert’s men participated in a three-day training camp in preparation for the 2019 IFCPF World Cup to be held between 4-20 July in Seville, Spain.
Pararoos fans watched the squad train on Saturday 13th of April as the team had an open training session which was very well received by the public who also had the opportunity to link up with their idols post session posing for photos.
It was a great moment for Blues born players Ben Atkins, Jeremy Boyce, Daniel Campbell, Harrison Dowdell, Thomas Goodman, Taj Lynch, Connor Marsh, Augustine Murphy, Christopher Pyne, Ben Roche, Benjamin Sutton and Jack Williams who all flew the flag for NSW.
Several teenagers featured in Lammert’s 20-player squad that included Connor Bunce (15), Jeremy Boyce (15), Daniel Campbell (16), Cosimo Cirillo (17), Rodrigue Niyongere (17), Taj Lynch (18), Augustine Murphy (18), Matthew Hearne (19), and Harrison Dowdell (19).
The Pararoos have displayed steady improvement on the international scene in recent years, having finished 13th in the world in 2013, 12th in 2015, and 10th in 2017. At the 2019 IFCPF World Cup, the Pararoos are aiming to achieve a top ten finish.
Achieving their target in Seville will be no simple task given Australia has been pooled in a challenging group. The Pararoos will play the world’s top ranked side, Ukraine, as well as Argentina (5th) and hosts Spain (16th) in Group C.
Valentine Sports Park has been the training hub for the Pararoos squad and will feature prominently in months to come.