Cup means a lot to Foster
CRAIG FOSTER will lace up the boots and make a return to where it all began for the former Socceroo when he jogs on to Weston Park, Goonellabah, today for a guest appearance with his old club in the fourth annual Corey New Cup.
The match is in memory of Corey New and has been used to raise money for Southern Cross LADS, a driving skills organisation established in response to the tragic road accident that claimed the lives of Corey and three other Goon-ellabah teenagers at Broken Head in 2006.
Corey was a popular player with Goonellabah and Lismore Workers and today the two clubs’ premier league sides will contest the Cup, the reserves kicking off at 3pm before the main match at 5pm.
Foster has returned to Lismore every year to help promote the event and feels a deep personal connection.
“It means a lot to me for several reasons,” Foster said.
“Firstly, the boys were all from my area and my school Kadina High, and secondly to show respect for Corey, a footballer who loved the game.
“I have developed a close relationship with his family.
“It also gives me a chance to catch up with old footballing mates and to have a run against some of the best young local talent coming up through the ranks, which I really enjoy.”
While money raised has gone to Southern Cross LADS for the past three years, this year the New family will donate the proceeds back to the juniors of Goonellabah and Workers.
“The two clubs have been so good to us over the past three years,” Corey’s father Mark said yesterday.