Wolves' long journey

IT WAS in 1982 that Ian Morhaus, a junior coach of the Mid Richmond Junior Soccer Club, realised the need for many of his young players to go further with their soccer skills once they entered high school, because they were no longer eligible to play in the junior competition.

With this in mind, in March that year a meeting was held where it was agreed an U/14 team and an U/16 team would be formed to join the Lismore and District Soccer Association.

From there the Woodburn Wolves were born.

Foundation member Jenny Williams said the first soccer field was a horse paddock.

"(This) was near the highway opposite the school," she said.

Ian's wife Joy was the club's first canteen lady and sold items from the back of their station wagon to help raise money for trophies and shirts.

"The first soccer shirts were screen-printed by Joy and Betty Archer," Ms Williams said.

Chris Johnson owned the local school bus and volunteered to take players to different venues on Saturdays.

In 1983 Mr Johnson moved onto coaching the U/16s and the men's team.

In 1984 the men's team, which included Mr Morhaus, won its first grand final.

By 1985 Barbara Sandry (Dent) introduced women's soccer to the Woodburn Wolves, forming a dedicated team of players.

Their impact on the competition was apparent when they took out the Far North Coast Women's Amateur Soccer Association Achievement Award.

In 1991 four Woodburn women players were part of the Far North Coast U/19 representative team which took out the State champion title in 1991. These players were Vicki Morgan (Colliss), Melissa Brown (Iverson), Rachael White and Lisa Carter.

Today, in their 30th year, the Woodburn Wolves boast junior teams with ages ranging from U/6s, to a women's team and two men's teams, and they now have their own field and clubhouse.

Current president Donna Watts said the recent season had been a great success.

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