Leprechauns growing into roles on field

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Cally Sinclair showed off some razzle dazzle in the box against Rocky Mountain House. The Ponoka Leprechauns are 4-4 on the season and sit in second place in the east division.

Cally Sinclair showed off some razzle dazzle in the box against Rocky Mountain House. The Ponoka Leprechauns are 4-4 on the season and sit in second place in the east division.

CHARLES TWEED/Ponoka News

The Ponoka Leprechauns under-12 soccer team is in second spot in the east division of the Central Alberta Soccer Association with a record of four wins and four losses.

The team recently took on Rocky Mountain House, first in the west division, on the Ponoka Composite High School field.

Rocky proved why they were in top spot in the league beating the Leprechauns 5-2 but the Ponoka team did take some positives from the loss.

“We knew Rocky was a strong team but we played an excellent game, passing to each other, using skill to our advantage and working as a team,” said coach Julie Hyrcyk.

The Leprechauns are a young team and many of the players are suiting up in competitive soccer for the first time.

“We have four new players and they have had to learn a few new things like field play with eight versus eight (as opposed to seven in many non competitive leagues),” said Hyrcyk who has been coaching for five years.

“Our season started slow but the best is yet to come and we are eager to get out on the field and work hard at building our team to its full potential.”