AT 34, three-time league top-scorer John Majurovski is grateful to finally be back home at Broadmeadow Magic and hopesto kick on after a special return at the Maso Cup on the weekend.
BACK HOME: John Majurovski in Magic colours during a trial game. Picture: Valentine Sports Photography
Majurovski scored a goal in the final on Sunday as Broadmeadow defeated Sydney NPL club Rockdale City Suns 3-2 to win the annual competition, in its 10thedition,for the first time.
Kale Bradbery scored Magic’s other goals as they led 3-0 at halftime before Rockdale scored twice late.
Rockdale had former A-League players Ante Covic, Trent McClenahan andPaul Reid in their line-up. Magic were missing first-team regularsAlex Kantarovski, Shane Paul, Jon Griffiths and Josh Piddington.
Majurovski and fellow recruits Tom Beecham, Jonty Busch, Cody Carroll, Justin Broadley and keeper Paul Bitz featured for Magic at the tournament hosted by the Altona and Sydenham Park clubs in Melbourne.
“It was sensational, from everything that happened over the weekend, it was a big achievement,” Majurovski said.“All the bigger clubs like Rockdale and Bankstown have won and they are expected to, so to be 3-0 up in the grand final against Rockdale, it was pretty good. I couldn’t believe it. We played them off the park.
“It meant a lot to the committee yesterday and I said that to the players before the game. That it’s taken a lot of time, effort and money from Broadmeadow to get us all here, and some of the younger boys had a sparkle in their eyes.They were all buzzing and they stood up.”
Majurovski last year played with Newcastle Suns at interdistrict level after leaving Northern NSW NPL side Lambton Jaffas. He was training with Charlestown in the hope of returning to the NPL before a call over Christmas from Magic coach Ruben Zadkovich opened the door toBroadmeadow, who lost target man Peter Haynes to retirement then attacker Dino Fajkovic.
He said it was “always in the back of my mind to finish” at Broadmeadow and “everything just fell into place” for him to return.
PEP TALK: Magic at the Maso Cup. Picture: Broadmeadow Magic
“I played a season and a half with Magic about 12 years ago, and it was my junior club,” Majurovski said.
“I’ve always had the ambition to go backbut I’ve never really had the chance. A lot of coaches have thought Haynesy and I couldn’t play together because we’re similar, but now Haynesy is retired, it gave me the ambition to get back there.
“I think I’m going all right. I’ve been training there for four weeks and I feel fit and I want to be there. I’m turning up to training and being happy being there.”
Majurovski scoredfour goals at the Maso Cup playing alongside speedsters like Bradbery and James Virgili.
“I played with Kale before, so I know how he plays and I started clicking with Chill [Virgili] in the semis and set him up a couple of times. There’s potential thereI think, so I’m enjoying it.”
He said he was keen to play perhapsbeyond the next year or two.
“This is probably the only club I could do it at, where I feel comfortable and at home,” he said.