Three from Port Lincoln selected for SA soccer teams

HEADER: Henry Price, Matthew Barnard and Billie Jenkins, who are bound for Singapore have some fun heading some soccer balls.
HEADER: Henry Price, Matthew Barnard and Billie Jenkins, who are bound for Singapore have some fun heading some soccer balls.

Three young Port Lincoln residents are Singapore bound after being selected for state teams that will play in the Singa Cup in November.

Billie Jenkins, Matthew Barnard and Henry Price have been selected for the South Australian teams that will play in Singapore.

Selection was based on two three-day regional camps held in Adelaide in April and July.

Billie, who plays for Lincoln Knights in Port Lincoln Soccer Association has been selected for the girls under 16s and was up for selection after finishing as runner up player of the tournament at the Bis Regional Girls Soccer Carnival in Whyalla last November.

She said she was really excited to play in the state team for the first time but was also "super nervous".

"I'm hoping to improve, make some friends and hopefully get noticed," she said.

Matthew lives in Port Lincoln but travels to Whyalla every Sunday to play for Whyalla Lions in the Whyalla Junior Soccer League.

Strong performances playing for Whyalla under 12 team at the State Championships in Adelaide and a trial game against Croyden Kings under 13s led to Matthew being invited to the regional camps and his selection for the state under 12 team.

SELECTED: Billie Jenkins, Matthew Barnard and Henry Price are ready to play for South Australia at the Singa Cup in November.

SELECTED: Billie Jenkins, Matthew Barnard and Henry Price are ready to play for South Australia at the Singa Cup in November.

Matthew said he aimed to play the best he could and show people what he could do.

"It feels pretty good to make it this far and to have been able to accomplish this sort of thing," he said.

The upcoming trip to Singapore is a familiar experience for Henry, who late last year played for South Australia at the Ultimate Fiji Cup.

Henry, who plays for South Coast in Port Lincoln said he knew what to expect this time and preparation was also made easier thanks to the coaches.

He said it was also great to see young people from the area also selected to play for the state.

"It's brilliant especially being from a smaller, more footy dominated town and it's brilliant to see younger kids get selected for this sort of thing," he said.

Port Lincoln Soccer Association vice president Ryan Black, who coached Billie at the girls carnival in Whyalla said it was great to see young local players selected to go to Singapore.

"In my position as vice president...I want to be involved in creating these chances for young people in town to get to these sort of places," he said.