Mount Eliza Soccer Club started out in 2008 with nine players forming one under-7s team. By their second season, through word of mouth the club had grown to 56 players. From there things snowballed, and today the not-for-profit community club is proud to have more than 500 members involved from under-6s through to men’s seniors.
The club’s 2021 season came to an abrupt end in August thanks to COVID-19 restrictions, but the committee and volunteers have banded together and are committed to finishing the year on a high. “In November we hope to be able to host our annual MESC Cup for boys and inaugural MESC Shield for girls over two weekends,” said club president Justin Sheppard. “It’s a round robin-style tournament and each weekend we’ll see over 100 games played.”
This competition is open to clubs across Melbourne and is an exciting prospect for Football Victoria-registered players who had no competition games in 2020 and half a season in 2021.
Justin continues: “The stop-start year hasn’t been great for kids’ skill development or confidence. It’s been mentally tough for families with no school or sport as an outlet. This event is a great way to finish the year. We’ll have food trucks and giveaways and hopefully a visit from Melbourne City players if their schedule allows. We held a similar event last year, but this year is extra special because it’s the inaugural girls-only tournament. MESC is committed to raising the profile of girls’ soccer. We have 115 current female players and we’re aiming to get to 200 over the next two years.”
The boys’ tournament will be held on November 6-7 and the girls’ tournament on November 13-14, with back-up dates if required. If you’re a Football Victoria-registered player and want to join in the fun, contact MESC at the link below.