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It’s a great time to be a soccer fan in Temecula.
The Temecula Football Club and Shamrock Irish Pub Teams gathered at Murrieta Valley High School today in a show of good sportsmanship and good will for Oak Grove Center for Education Treatment and the Arts.
“It’s a gorgeous day,” stated Tammy Wilson, Chief Executive Officer of Oak Grove at the event. “So many people came out to celebrate Oak Grove, and raise funds for our Rock the Oaks event coming up later this month. We’re exceptionally grateful to Shamrock Irish Pub and Eatery for putting all the pieces in place for this special event.”
Over one hundred fans, family, and friends showed up to support the new Temecula Football Club, the latest big thing in soccer to hit Temecula Valley. Players from Temecula’s new professional team matched up against the Shamrock All Stars team.
As of half time, the game was 0-0, evenly matched and a “tactical stalemate,” said soccer fan and Oak Grove sponsor, Paul Little, one of the owners of Shamrock Irish Pub and Eatery. “Everyone’s playing tight, and it’s a great day for all who came out.” Little said.
Little, who called the game, kept pace with the play, his jovial Irish brogue calling players to listen to the refs, play fair, and bid on raffle baskets to earn money for Oak Grove. A trip to Jamaica, Edwards Stadium 15 Cinemas tickets, World Cup Soccer Ball, authentic Argentinian soccer jersey were just some of the raffle items available at the event.
“Between Paul’s running the Carlsbad Marathon to raise funds, and Graham’s weight challenge, we couldn’t be happier at Shamrock’s owners have decided to love on the kids of Great Oak.” Wilson said.
“We are preparing for our grand opening and kick off for the 2014 season,” stated TFC media relations, Amanda Windsor. “
The TFC, wearing red and white, with the symbol of a quail on their shield, announced its presence in September, 2013, took the opportunity to show the training, and try out two new potential players, both from Spain, as well as another from Africa.
“Soccer draws players world wide,” stated Windsor, “and there’s no better way to keep up with practice, than a friendly game for a great cause.” Windsor plays for the women’s TFC team, and is a graduate of Chaparral High School, recently graduated from Eastern Carolina University, where she also played.
“The women’s TFC team, a division of WPSL, will begin play in 2015.” Windsor stated. As for now TFC is out and practicing Monday through Thursday, at 6 a.m.
Coach Brandon Jantz was pleased with the TFC play at half time, stating, “They play hard, will all shake hands after the game, go to Shamrock Pub together. It’s for a great cause.”
Of the new team, Jantz expanded his hopes for Temecula’s soccer loving population, stating on his web site, “I want to be able to give soccer players and supporters in South Riverside County something that they don’t have- something everyone else in the soccer crazy world does have. A local team to support and watch. Something to come together, not just to watch, but to participate, to sing songs, and enjoy being part of a crowd- connecting with other supporters and being part of something bigger than themselves.”
On the other side of the field, the Shamrock All Stars were triple coached by long time Temecula residents Shaun Jackson, Lee Cornwell, and Gary Etherington. Good nature-ed banter, watching the game and players who’d gathered for the All Stars team with minimal practice.
“The boys are winded, but holding their own,” Jackson said. “Many are from Temecula, or San Diego, and played together in college.
Laura High, one of the fans present, cheered on her husband, Shamrock All Stars player Chris High. “It was fun to get called in to play. Chris is just recovering from an injury, and having fun out there.” Laura stated, son Grayson on her lap.
The Murrieta High School stadium filled with onlookers for the day, many who would head to Shamrock Irish Pub and Eatery following the game for the after party.”
But none were more pleased than the kids of Oak Grove, cheering and excited in the glorious Southern California February sun. The game finished in a 1-1 tie, with all concerned ready to head to the pub to celebrate.
Paul Little had this to say of the day, “Great result for the Shamrock team who gave their semi pro opposition a real good work out. Thank you to all of them and coaches Shaun Jackson, Lee Cornwell & Gary Etherington for all their effort and hard work. Now to the pub!”
Andrew Dent, one of Oak Grove’s resident cheerleaders on hand for the soccer match, had a marvelous day, saying, “This was a well put together event, and we are excited that TFC and Shamrock came together to support us at Oak Grove.”
Dent will be performing at Oak Grove’s Rock the Oaks celebration, in March, 2013.
For more information on Oak Grove Center for Education Treatment and the Arts, visit: http://www.oakgrovecenter.org/
For more information on Shamrock Irish Pub and Eatery, visit: http://www.theshamrockirishpubandeatery.com/
For more information on Temecula Football Club, visit: http://www.temeculafc.com