Earlwood Wanderers FC, Kiama JFC, officials and supporters at Kiama Sports Complex last week. EWFC – Johnny Warren Challenge. Earlwood Wanderers FC, Kiama JFC, officials and supporters at Kiama Sports Complex last week. EWFC – Johnny Warren Challenge – Mixed Team Photo – KJFC Photo 01.jpg
THE inaugural Johnny Warren Challenge was played at the Kiama Sports Complex last week between Earlwood and Kiama under-8s beginner football players.
The event was planned to raise awareness of the late Johnny Warren’s great legacy to football.
Johnny’s nephew, Jamie Warren, presented a black and white photo of Johnny Warren playing against Joe Marston in the Canterbury area to Earlwood Wanderers FC representative and coach Theo Fotopoulos. It was part of building a greater connection and bond with Johnny’s background, with a view to keeping his vision alive in football clubs throughout the country.
After 40 minutes, Kiama had won the contest hands down with some great skill and team play. They beat their city cousins 7-0 in a match that was not just about the inaugural contest, but also cementing a foundation to build from towards an annual event.
“In the future, it will be great to create not only events that reconnect with Johnny Warren’s history, but avenues to raise awareness all year round that will connect round-ball communities such as Earlwood, Sydney and Kiama and the South Coast,” Mr Warren, co-organiser and chairperson of the Johnny Warren Football Foundation said.
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