Soccer warming up for pre-season
SOCCER pre-season competitions start next month with the Anzac Cup and Callan McMillan Memorial Shield.
The Anzac Cup, for men, was first played in 1950 with the inaugural trophy won by Methodist United.
This year Goonellabah will aim to defend the title it won last year and in 2010.
Women's soccer was not established until 1974 and it became part of the inaugural Far North Coast Amateur Soccer Association committee in 1977, the same year a tragic event occurred.
Just before Christmas in 1977, Callan McMillan junior drowned while trying to save a young girl.
The soccer community rallied to support the family and, in 1978, the Callan McMillan Memorial Shield was established to commemorate one of the local pioneers of the sport.
Women's teams from far and wide competed for the Shield and when the women's association amalgamated with Lismore District association in 1996, it was decided to coincide the shield with the men's Anzac Cup.
This year the Callan McMillan Memorial Shield will be contested for the 35th time, Alstonville chasing a third consecutive title.
The family continues its proud connection with the event with Mrs McMillan (widow of the late Callum McMillan senior and mother of the late Callum McMillan junior) present at the 2012 launch.
Tursa Employment and Training continue its long-running sponsorship.