The Shepparton Punjabi Sports Club has performed on the grandest of stages, but this weekend the local heroes will be hoping to taste silverware on home soil.
With more than 4000 Indian players expected to descend on Vibert Reserve for the annual soccer frenzy, playing coach Nav Gill can not wait to get the ball rolling.
‘‘It is an awesome event, there will be 12 teams from across the country coming down to play soccer but also to help boost the local economy,’’ Gill said.
‘‘We travel in numbers and this is the third year we have had the event in Shepparton and it just keeps getting bigger and better.’’
The gala will see sides from Sydney, Melbourne Canberra and, of course, Shepparton play across the two days and Gill is hoping his side can go one better this year.
‘‘Last year we didn’t win it, but we are in some pretty good form at the moment,’’ Gill said.
‘‘We just won the Australian Sikh Games in Adelaide, which was awesome, so the boys are confident and we are looking forward to having some fun in a friendly environment.’’
Play starts today at 9am and with free food and entry on offer all day, Gill is expecting a rather large turnout.
‘‘We welcome everyone to come down, not just people from the Indian or Punjabi community,’’ Gill said.
‘‘There is free food, entry and there will be activities there for the kids to also enjoy.’’