Hills hyped over finals July 17, 2007 10:04 AM Hills News. By Amanda Keane
Warming up: The Baulkham Hills Premier League team had some fun at the weekend against a celebrity side, before getting serious about this week's state final.
BAULKHAM Hills Soccer Club are hoping to go one step further in this year's State Cup- to take out the championships. After finishing as runners-up in last year's final to Menai on penalties, the team will be heading into the finals more determined than ever to clinch the top spot when they take on Lilli Pilli at Valentine Park, Glenwood, on Sunday. The team were ecstatic following
their semi-final win last week, after they stole Sylvania's hopes of a grand final win, downing them in a penalty shootout, 5-4. The scores were tied 1-all after extra time.
Club president Terry Minton said he was thrilled with the team's efforts and progress so far.
``It's absolutely fantastic,'' Minton said.
``They have played magnificently and to be up against the best players in the state and get this far is great. I take my hat off to them.'' As a precursor to the final, the club, who are three-time winners in the Granville Challenge Shield, played a charity match last Sunday.
Held at Ted Horwood Reserve, the Baulkham Hills Premier League team played against a celebrity team which included Cliff Lyons rugby league player for Australia and Manly; Cyrille Ndongo-Keller Cameroon World Cup team; Anthony Field the Wiggles; John Paul Young singer; Kate Gill the Matildas; Colin Scotts, National Football League; Dean Capobianco athletics; Alex Tobin ex-Socceroo; Mike Conway the Wiggles; and Charlie Teo neurosurgeon, among others.
The match was to raise money for the Cure For Life Foundation, which supports the advancement of an advancing brain tumour treatment and research.
``It's a bit of fun for a good cause. We hope the event raised a lot of money,'' Minton said.
With the fun over, it's now down to business this week for the Premier League team.
They will be busy preparing for the all-important finals match.
``We are quietly confident, but we will just wait and see how they go.''
Hills Shire Times - 17Jul07 Celebs get a Wiggle-on in charity game. By Pranesh Nageshwar
BLUE Wiggle Anthony Field led a team full of celebrities in a fun-filled game of charity soccer against the champion Baulkham Hills premier league team on Sunday.
The match at Ted Horwood Reserve in Baulkham Hills was held to raise funds for the Cure For Life organisation.
Celebrities from music, television and sport played the Baulkham Hills team led by Australia's most capped Socceroo and former captain Alex Tobin.
The celebrities included neurosurgeon and Cure For Life founder Charlie Teo, singer John Paul Young and All Saints star and musician John Waters.
The celebrity team was established two years ago to support needy causes and to help support A-League teams build their communities.
Baulkham Hill Sports Club soccer president Terry Minton said a large crowd turned up to enjoy the day, which included mini games involving under-8s and the club's under-11s and under-12s playing against their parents.
The celebrities v Baulkham Hills match ended in a 4-4 draw at full-time, with the Celebrities winning in a penalty shoot-out.
Wiggles co-manager Mike Conway said the fundraising received great support from the community and the celebrities. ``We had Kate Gill come all the way from Newcastle and JPY from Lake Macquarie to play for the celebrity team,'' Mr Conway said.