Special Olympic team to play Geelong juniors

Geelong’s under 14 girl’s representative side has scored a match against the Open Women’s Special Olympics team in December.

The game was the brainchild of Rob Aherne, coach of both the Under 14 Geelong side and the Open Men’s Special Olympic side.

It will be played at the Corio Leisuretime Centre on Sunday December 13 and will act as a training match for both sides, specifically the Special Olympic team.

They meet once every month in a new destination to train for their beloved sport and will descend on our town during December which will include the game against the young girls.

Geelong Under 14 manager Glen Jordan said the game was a great idea.

“While they are all in the area we thought it would be a good opportunity for the girls to have a game against them to get to know the other team and all of their skills,” he said.

“The girls can’t wait. We watched them at Corio during the year when they had a tournament,” he said.

“We didn’t even train that morning we just went and watched them (the Special Olympics side) and the girls were blown away with what they can do with their disabilities.”

The Geelong girls will be looking to gain some valuable experience and enhance their skills in the game.

They are currently three games into their new season in the VJBL with two wins and a loss to date and any game time the girls can get together this early in the season would be an added bonus.

“There’s 10 girls in the side, it’s a matter of getting to know each other’s game style, the way they move shoot and pass,” Jordan said.


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