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TALENTED Gawler soccer player
Declan Stimson is excelling on
and off the sporting field in the
United States, with the 21-year-
old balancing playing duties with
classroom study at his North
Stimson, back home for a short
visit, embarked on his American
college dream two years ago and has
not looked back since.
“It’s study in the morning, then
training in the afternoon, then our
matches are on Wednesdays and
Saturday nights,” he said.
“Sunday is really the only day we
“It is pretty full on at first, but then
you get in a schedule and follow that
A former Trinity College student,
Stimson attends Catawba College
in Salisbury, about an hour from
Charlotte, where he is undertaking a
double degree in economics, finance
and mathematical finance, as well as
playing for the college soccer team.
The forward starred for the side in
his freshman year, topping the team’s
scoring with seven goals for the season.
“This year I’ve only scored one
goal so far, it was a bit of a let-down
compared to my freshman year,” he
Despite not scoring as many goals as
he would like this season, the quality
of the competition has markedly
improved Stimson’s overall game.
“Some of the people I play against
are just really skilled,” he said.
“I’ve played against a lot of
internationals, some of the Brazilians,
you just can’t get the ball off them.
“It’s definitely made me step up my
game and, I think, I’ve improved a lot
in offence and defence.”
Before going away to the US,
Stimson played for several clubs
locally, including Gawler, Para Hills,
Enfield and Cumberland.
Stimson is planning on finishing his
college degree before embarking on
postgraduate studies and eventually
landing a job in the US.
“Hopefully, the next two years will
be ones to remember,” he said.
He encouraged anyone thinking
about taking the college path in the
US to give it a shot.
“The whole college experience is
one I would thoroughly recommend
to anyone thinking about going,” he
“Academics are a huge part of trying
to get over there; doing well in that
regard is very important.”
in the US
THE recent upgrade of the
Virginia Oval clubrooms is expect-
ed to create a brighter future for the
local football and netball club.
The $800,000 renovation, which
was unveiled last month, included a
new dining room, bar, kitchen, toilets
and air-conditioning system.
However, for the club’s secretary,
Julie Platt, the luxury of being able to
watch her football teams through the
floor-to-ceiling windows is a major
“You can sit and watch football
now; before the glass was all enclosed
by a grill across the front, now it’s
got all new shutters, so you just lift
the shutters and you can sit inside
the clubrooms in winter and watch
football, from juniors to seniors,” she
“(Playford) Council completely gut-
ted the inside of the building and now
everything is brand-new; a state-of-the-
art kitchen, a fantastic modern bar and
all the exposed brick is gone.
“Clubroom teas are excellent now.”
Mrs Platt added that the upgrade has
helped the club attract new members.
“It’s a fantastic facility in the heart of
Virginia,” she said.
“We’ve already picked up some play-
ers from outside of the area, juniors
The Rams have three junior and two
senior football teams, as well as three
junior and four senior netball teams,
with numbers expected to increase in
Playford Council’s $800,000 club-
room investment was part of its region-
wide sports facility upgrades.
“Part of our vision for the City of
Playford is to become a regional cen-
tre for sport – with positive economic,
employment and community flow-on
effects – and the completion of the
Virginia Oval refurbishment brings
us yet another step closer to achieving
that,” Playford Mayor Glenn Docherty
“This is a welcome addition to the
local Virginia community.”
The facility, which is used for foot-
ball, netball, cricket and tennis, now
has the capacity to be used as a func-
tion centre for the community.
Accordingly, Virginia Football and
Netball Club will be hosting this year’s
Adelaide Plains medal counts.
New rooms at Virginia
ABOVE: Winner of
race 6, the Gawler
Stakes, number 2
Asa Vogue crosses
the finishing line
with an easy win
3 General Hap
in racing at the
Gawler dog track
LEFT: The field of
dogs in race 6,
the Gawler South
Bakery Stake, leap
out of the starting
box to begin their
race at the Gawler
track on Tuesday.
Declan Stimson has been
performing well both on
the soccer pitch and in
the classroom during his
stint in the United States.
PHOTO: Alec Urquhart
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