Last updated: Saturday October 8, 2011 7:55PM
(L-R James Crawley, Liam Chambers, Josh Dwyer)
The Epsom Soccer Club is proud to congratulate James, Josh and Liam, who came up through our junior system on their selection to represent Victoria in New Zealand in October.
James started his career at the age of 6 when he joined the Epsom Soccer Club playing for the under 7’s in 2003. After playing in his age group for a few years decided he needed a bigger challenge so played up an age group.
Crawley has since gained selection for the Bendigo squad on several occasions all as captain, representing from 2007 – 2010. 2010-11 was invited to represent Loddon Mallee Lightning u15 squad in the Victorian Champions League and was made Captain. Bendigo Academy of Sport in 2010 and 2011 where he won the encouragement award. In 2010 impressed Victoria selectors and was invited to trial for the squad and was eventually selected to represent at the 2010 FFA National u14 Championships in Coffs Harbor.
In 2010 at the age of 14 was voted the FFV Central Youth Best and Fairest and in the same season took out the Epsom Soccer Club Youth Best and Fairest and Players Player.
In June was selected for the Victorian State Development Squad which will be going to New Zealand to play in a competition in October and has been invited to trial at the National Training Centre in Melbourne, with a chance to go to the A.I.S in Canberra.
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Josh started his career at the age of 7 in 2003 when he joined the Epsom Soccer Club playing under 8’s he then seeked a bigger challenge so played up an age group from then on.
Dwyer has gone on to represent Bendigo
from 2007 to 2010 at the Country
Championships as well as gaining selection into the Loddon Mallee Lightning in 2009 and 2010. His efforts in the Victorian Champions League were rewarded with an invitation to join the Bendigo Bank Academy of Sport which he has been apart of since 2009. Through these commitments Josh has been selected to
represent Victoria which requires going to
Melbourne every 2-3 weeks for a 4 hour training session and will be travelling to New Zealand in October.
Dwyer has excelled in his career at Epsom taking out 2 Most Valuable Player awards, 2 Coaches Awards and 1 Best and Fairest. Josh has achieved all this whilst helping develop our younger players by coaching a junior team the last 2 years.
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Liam started playing with Epsom in the Under 8's and has played for the club ever since. Liam also played in the Youth knock out cup championship last season. In the latter part of this winter season he broke his hand so missed a number of games both in U16 and Youth. Liam has represented Bendigo every year ever since gaining selection in the under 11 squad aswell as playing for the Loddon Mallee Lightning the last few seasons which also lead to selection in the Bendigo Academy of Sport soccer program.
Liam was invited along with other members of the LML to trial for Victoria however due to injury problems missed selection in the initial squad, however injury to another squad member resulted in Liam receiving a late call up to the Vic Country U15 squad to tour New Zealand.
As a left footer Liam's usually found on the left wing. He's been known to enjoy centre mid and even defence.
Liam has been ensuring the development of our junior players by refereeing most saturdays.
Author: Brenton Ellis