Not many 12-year-olds can say they have played 150 games for their Football Club, but Gerrado Cavasinni’s loyalty to the Marconi Stallions is not going unnoticed.
“He won’t step inside the Club unless he is wearing his Marconi gear”, his parents Marco and Sandra Cavasinni explained.
Known by Gerry to his family and teammates – the youngster started in the juniors program where he then went into the Boys SAP and has since been retained every year.
“The biggest highlight for him was this year at the Bathurst Cup. They called him on the Thursday night and said we need you to be our keeper for the u13s,” his father said.
“That weekend he won it for the team in the penalty shootout. He saved three penalties.” Video link: Winning the Bathurst Cup in penalties
Football is the focal point for the Cavasinni family where everyone is on board assisting in the goalkeepers busy training schedule.
“He has been training 7 days a week for the last 3 years. I go to work and rush home to take him to training.
“Then on weekends he plays two games for the u12s and one game for the u13s.
“We eat here every night. He doesn’t let us eat at any other Sporting Club,” Mr Cavasinni laughed.
“That’s just the way he is. It’s about the love of the Club.”
Not only is Gerry reaching milestones on the football field, he is excelling in the classroom.
“Every year since kindergarten, he has received a medal for the academic achievement award,” his mum explained.
With the 12-year-old having no plans to leave the Club anytime soon, Gerry says “his dream is to play for Juventus as a pro and then finish up his career at the Stallions.”
– Samantha Jurman