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Hearne selected for Pararoos U.S. tour

Published on 17th of Jul, 2018

Illawarra Academy of Sport scholar Matt Hearne will be looking to add to his 9 international caps during 2018 Tri-Nations International Challenge competition.

The multi-talented Hearne holds an Athletes with a Disability scholarship for soccer and swimming, and has recently moved interstate to study Musical Theatre at Victorian College of Arts.

He's been selected in a squad of fourteen players, and set off for San Diego on the weekend for four games including a warm-up.

Pararoos Head Coach Kai Lammert is looking forward to the tournament which form an integral part of the Pararoos preparations for the 2018 IFCPF Asia-Oceania Championships which will be played at Kish Island, Iran in November later this year.

“This tournament will give us vital matches and important exposure to international football for our new players, said Lammert.

“We had to make some changes due to classification changes earlier in the year so we will see a mixture of young new faces and experienced campaigners in the squad.”

“This will be a great test for us with USA who are ranked 4th in the world and Canada who are 10th. Our long term goal is to be back in the top 10, so these games are vital for our preparation to achieve this goal.

“We had a very successful World-championship last year, but with the classification changes it’s a new era in CP (Cerebal Palsy) Football and we are looking forward to the new challenge,” concluded Lammert.
 

 

2018 Tri-Nations International Challenge competition schedule:

Pre – USA (R) v Pararoos (R)

Date: Wednesday, 18 July 2018 (Pacific Time)

Venue: Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Centre, Chula Vista, San Diego, USA (https://trainatchulavista.com/)

Kick-off:  3pm (Pacific Time)

Game 1 – USA v Pararoos

Date: Thursday, 19 July 2018 (Pacific Time)

Venue: Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Centre, Chula Vista, San Diego, USA (https://trainatchulavista.com/)

Kick-off:  5pm (Pacific Time)

Game 2 – Pararoos v Canada

Date: Friday, 20 July 2018 (Pacific Time)

Venue: Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Centre, Chula Vista, San Diego, USA (https://trainatchulavista.com/)

Kick-off:  5pm (Pacific Time)

Game 3 – USA v Canada

Date: Saturday, 21 July 2018 (Pacific Time)

Venue: Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Centre, Chula Vista, San Diego, USA (https://trainatchulavista.com/)

Kick-off:  5pm (Pacific Time)