Junior rivals leave differences behind

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Queenstown’s rival junior soccer bosses are pledging to cooperate despite feuding over a new splinter club. 

Regional body Football­south has given the green light for the long-established Queenstown Rovers senior team to start a junior side. 

The Footballsouth board’s decision last weekend means the Rovers’ juniors will be eligible to play in the Central Otago Football Association League next season – in direct competition to teams from Queenstown Junior Soccer Club, which has 300-plus members. 

Prior to the decision, QJSC president Rene Kampman told Mountain Scene the resort was better served by one junior club while Rovers President Steve Henderson admitted not agreeing with the way QJSC “go about things”.
Both men are vow­­ing to cooperate off the field. 

Henderson: “You can’t be completely separate. There has to be co-operation. Ideally every junior club will have to have senior players involved. 

“We see the positives in having several entities – this development forces clubs to do a better job.”
Kampman says he wishes the Rovers every success. 

“We’re operating in a small community so one would think there’ll be co-operation and crossover between the two clubs.”