ALBURY United’s under-14 girls are into the top four in NSW but it may be money rather than an opponent that halts their progress in the Champion of Champions soccer tournament.
The green machine is scheduled to play in the semi-final on the northern side of Sydney on Sunday week after beating Lilli Pilli 3-1 in the capital city last weekend.
But coach Karen Meredith said the financial burden of travelling and accommodation was threatening to derail their challenge.
United took out the league and cup double before a first-round home win over Narellan Rangers 6-1.
“This is the first time we have entered the Champion of Champions and it has been such a huge effort to get this far, but the cost has caught us a little unaware,” Meredith said.
“Just for the bus to Sydney for the weekend — it turned out to be $2000 that has to come out of the parents’ pockets.
“We started a little fund-raising with raffles and individual player sponsors but we have to play in a little less than 10 days.
“The problem is that with other costs you can plan and prepare but even halfway through the season you are hoping to win the league, not banking on an extended campaign in the Champion of Champions tournament.”
Meredith said the girls had proved themselves among the best in the state.
“We had a great year locally and when this opportunity came up the girls decided to continue on,” she said.
Anyone interested in offering help can contact Karen Meredith on 0409 209 201.