Ceduna pair to represent the state at Singa Cup

Two Ceduna soccer players have been included in the squad to represent South Australia at the Singa Cup in Singapore next month.

Wayne Haseldine and Chris Newchurch have been selected to play in the tournament for the under 14 squad after successfully negotiating trials held earlier this year.

They said they were looking forward to the upcoming tournament.

In preparation for Singapore, the pair will first head to Adelaide for a training camp with teammates.

"It felt good to be selected and it is exciting, but it was a shock to be part of the squad," Chris said.

"It will be good to go away and bond with the squad, and I am looking forward to playing in the cup," Wayne added.

Both players said they were excited about showing what they could do at the week-long tournament against teams from across South East Asia and other Australian states.

Ceduna and the West Coast region does not have a soccer competition and so the pair play for Westlands United in the Whyalla Junior Soccer Association.

They spend most weekends in Whyalla, travelling on Saturday and playing on Sunday morning before making their way back home after the match.

Chris ventures from Ceduna and is sometimes accompanied by Wayne, who otherwise makes his way to Whyalla from Adelaide where he goes to boarding school.

They are joined in Whyalla by fellow Ceduna player Riley Blackham, and the trio last month was part of the Whyalla squad which took out the state country championships in Port Pirie.

"It was a pretty good weekend and exciting to win," Riley said.

"We had some tough games against Adelaide Hills and Port Pirie, and beat Port Pirie in our last game to win it all."

Wayne's mother Michelle Naylon said while the trips were long it was "good fun" and she was pleased to see the three Ceduna boys play together and was excited for the upcoming Singapore adventure.