Mosgiel Football Club players (from left) Hamish Cotter,
Peter Coates, Riley Anderton and Daniel Gruppelaar have
been selected for the Southern team to compete in Ireland.
Four young Mosgiel Football Club players will have the
opportunity of a lifetime when they compete in the Milk Cup in
Ireland later this month.
Seventeen-year-olds Peter Coates and Riley Anderton, of
Taieri College, and Hamish Cotter and Daniel Gruppelaar, of
John McGlashan College, are part of a Southern-based team.
''I'm really excited,'' Coates, a centre back, said.
''It's a massive opportunity for us coming from club football
at Mosgiel to compete against the best age-group players in
''We can see what level we are at compared to the future
all-stars of football.''
Anderton, a striker or wing, will use it as a test.
''I will see how I match up against other players from around
the world,'' he said.
''It will determine if I pursue football or not.''
Anderton's dream is to become a professional footballer and
he is seeking a scholarship to a United States university
''I'm nervous when I think about how I'm going to stand up
against the other teams in Ireland, '' he said. ''But I'm
excited and confident to see how I will go.''
Coates' dream is to represent New Zealand at a World Cup.
''I'm confident about competing in Ireland because we have a
strong team. If we play our own style of football we should
The Milk Cup, held annually in Northern Ireland, was first
held in 1983.
Many current international footballers have taken part, most
notably Charlie Davies, Jonathan Spector, Paul Scholes, Ryan
Giggs and Wayne Rooney.
Otago footballers have always formed the bulk of the Southern
Southern plays two warm-up games in Manchester, against the
Stoke Youth Academy and the Manchester City Development team.
It travels to Belfast on July 6 and its pool games are
against CSKA Moscow, Queensland Gold Coast and Bohemena
Mosgiel Football Club, Taieri College and John McGlashan
College have supported the boys to make the trip.