Murray Bridge United to host four-team competition

Murray Bridge United will host an exciting preseason cup competition later this month, with four teams from across the state set to participate.

Murray Bridge United will host an exciting preseason cup competition later this month, with four teams from across the state set to participate. Photo: William Bailey

Murray Bridge United will host an exciting preseason cup competition later this month, with four teams from across the state set to participate. Photo: William Bailey

The inaugural tournament will take place at the club's home ground on Beatty Terrace from February 26-28, and will include teams from Naracoorte United, Southern Breakers and Renmark Olympic.

It has been an exciting couple of years for the Murray Bridge-based club, with United securing promotion to division one of the South Australian Amateur Soccer League for the first time in its 51-year history in 2019.

Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic saw last year's division league format scrapped for the year, resulting in the club taking part in a 10-game 'Club Challenge Series'.

With the new season fast approaching, club president Glenn O'Bryan is confident the upcoming preseason competition will allow them to showcase their strength to teams outside of their own league.

"This is a concept we have been working on since the end of last season and are really happy with the select group of teams we have been able to get to make the trip to Murray Bridge for the weekend," he said.

"With teams from the South East, Riverland and Fleurieu Peninsula, it let's us highlight to league's outside of our own what a great club we are becoming and also allows us to build friendships outside of our own competition.

"It should be a fantastic weekend of football and would be great to see plenty of support from the local community."

The competition will be a festival of football, with games set to be played on the Friday night, concluding with finals on Sunday.

Consumers of the world game will also get the opportunity to watch the club's C grade side take on FC Summit on Saturday at 2pm.

Full bar and canteen facilities will also be running over the weekend, including an after match dinner on the Saturday night.

With Murray Bridge United commencing preseason training on January 20, the club is hoping the upcoming cup competition will give its team the best preparation leading into the 2021 season.

The other participating clubs are keen to continue the competition next year, with Naracoorte United senior coach Daniel Sribar already wanting to see the club host the event in 2022.

For those who are interested in joining Murray Bridge United, the club trains on Mondays and Wednesdays at 6.45pm.

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