Murray Bridge United has three seniors teams (A, B and C Grades) which compete in the South Australia Amateur Soccer League.
The first time in the club’s history in 2020, we will be competing in SAASL Saturday Premier Division. The A Grade and B Grade will be competing in Saturday Division, Premier A and Premier B. C Grade will be competing in Saturday Division 5.
Terry Hayes – Seniors Squad and A Grade Team Coach
Andrew Beavan – B Grade Team Coach
Bill Mitchell – C Grade Team Coach
The senior squad train between 6:30 to 8:30 pm every Wednesday night during the season.
During pre-season the senior squad have an additional session at the same time on a Monday night. Additional sessions are at the discretion of the Senior Coach.
If you are interested in joining the senior squad or just want to come out for a kick, please do not hesitate to contact Terry Hayes, Senior Squad and A Grade Team Coach on 0430 213 863 or, alternatively simply come out, introduce yourself and say hi.
The team is always looking for and are very welcoming of new players.
The following story appeared in the MV Standard on 20th February 2020 written by former player and office holder – Dave Trenam.
HISTORY IN THE MAKING – This soccer season Murray Bridge United for the first time in their history kick off in the First Division. The whole club is excited at the prospect and already the effects of this excitement are apparent. Only two weeks into training there are forty senior players on the books, last Monday there was thirty players at training and the first trial game was played last Thursday evening under lights.
Nearly all of last year’s strong A Grade are playing again this year, including club captain Dylan August, last year’s Best and Fairest winner Dale Binney and top scorer Marc Goldstone, with some younger players such as Kailan Challinger and Jay Eckermann in contention to break into the senior team. The B Grade looks competitive and United is again fielding a C grade team where a mixture of younger players can learn from more experienced players, in a more social atmosphere.
Coach Terry Hayes is pleased with player turn out, but is looking for improvement in skill levels, fitness and team tactics this year. He knows the challenge this year will bring. Terry has a long association with Murray Bridge United, playing in the A Grade in the early 2000s. He returned to the club as playing coach in 2017, and although his playing expertise is less essential for the team now, his coaching expertise has been of huge benefit.
When Terry first started coaching United in 2017, the senior A Grade had finished last the previous season in SAASL Saturday Division 3, and had been relegated to SAASL Division 4. In three years the seniors have finished second in Division 4, second in Division 3 and second in Division 2, losing just eight games in the process.
The Beatty Terrace football pitch and surrounds has had a face lift, with a smart railing fence erected by the Council at the Homburg Oval side, and modern LED floodlights on swing posts have been completed in the summer break, allowing training and games to be played under lights in top quality conditions. Clubroom renovations continue a pace, with separate change rooms planned for the opposition team.
The mood at the club is buzzing, and officials are hoping for a bumper turn out of junior players to complement the senior teams. As always the club are looking for volunteers to help with coaching, team managers, referees and assistant referees. More information is available from long serving committee man Grant Klenke, mobile no: 0411 057 039, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
To register to play for Murray Bridge United – first step is to register with FFA at the link here.