Two put club in spotlight

State of play: Jacob Sideris (16) and Jack Monaghan (14).
State of play: Jacob Sideris (16) and Jack Monaghan (14).

Sideris comfortably made the cut for the 16’s team although the young midfielder said it was a tough journey.

‘Last year I didn’t make it for the 15’s state team, which turned out to be a blessing in disguise,’ the Year 11 student said.

‘It made me work harder for the next level: under 16’s.’

His father Paul Sideris said football was his son’s passion.

‘It’s everything to him and I enjoy being part of it,’ he said.

‘It’s a journey going through club football, but he’s made a lot of good friends: that’s the most important thing.

‘Both boys got into the under 12 team before but it’s always one step at a time, it’s key for them to stay grounded.’

Monaghan, an accomplished all rounder made it to the 15’s side.

‘It’s a huge honour to play for your state,’ the Year 9 student said.

‘There’s a lot of travelling, training and hard work; it’s great to finally get there.’

His mother Ingrid Monaghan reflected the sentiments of Paul Sideris.

‘Every parent of a sporting child has to be committed ” all the driving around,’ she said.

‘Being a sports physio myself, my skills have been put to use, tending to many of his injuries.

‘You just need to be totally there for him but I don’t mind because it’s Jack’s passion.

‘He’s done well with basketball and cricket. Soon he will have to choose ” I think it will be football.’

Magpies president Paul Tucker said it was a great achievement for the young club.

‘We have been going for more than 10 years now,’ he said. |’I think it’s a terrific reflection of the quality of coaching and the boys at the club.’