Berkeley reaping rewards of effort


Berkeley Sports will ride the high of winning the Illawarra District League Fraternity Cup final when they begin the regular season this weekend.

As one of a number of District League contenders knocking on the door of promotion in recent years, Sports are aiming to replicate their early season form for a long, second-tier campaign.

Sports took down Shell Cove 6-3 in a high-scoring affair at Tarrawanna Oval to claim the season-opening crown, but head straight back to square one in the opening round against Corrimal Rangers.

"We knew it was going to be a 26-week season this year so we have been working since December. Winning the pre-season cup was a good reward for the boys working hard throughout that long preseason," Sports coach Jason Higgs said

"Our preseason has been based around 20 guys playing first grade with a solid bunch of youth and first graders.

"We played in the Cono Cup and a few other things, so we had a good back-up.

"Hopefully it is the right blend to get us there in the end."

Higgs will be relying on a squad much the same as last season when they missed out on a promotion play-off appearance.

"The club is growing, so the maturity of the younger boys who were there last year has really started to show and the guys that have been here a while still have that experience," Higgs said.

"We weren't going to go out there and blow money, we just stuck with what we have got."

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