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Maso Cup rolls in

Teams to celebrate Macedonian heritage on footy field

THOUSANDS of people are expected to turn out for this weekend’s 2020 Maso Cup, hosted by Bankstown City Lions.
The Maso Cup is an annual football tournament which is supported by Australian football clubs and started by Macedonian migrants.
Bankstown City Lions and Rockdale Ilinden secured hosting rights for 2020, with the tournament to be staged at Jensen Park in Sefton, O’Neill Park in Yagoona and Ilinden Sports Centre in Rockdale.
Lions president Zac Gulevski says the annual tournament is one of the highlights of the year for the Macedonian community with more than 100 games to be played over the Australia Day long weekend.
“Maso Cup is a rare opportunity when Australian Macedonians from Bankstown and beyond come together in a friendly sporting and cultural event to celebrate our proud Macedonian heritage on Australia Day,” he said.
Cr Steve Tuntevski acknowledged the importance of the tournament in both bringing visitors to the local community and in preserving and celebrating Macedonian culture and heritage.
“2020 Maso Cup will see up to 5,000 visitors to Jensen Park, with Australian Macedonian clubs from Victoria, Queensland, Newcastle and Wollongong, plus many Sydney based Australian Macedonian Clubs and friends, cheering on and celebrating their clubs heritage and traditions.
“As a council, we are very proud to support and acknowledge local initiatives which promote and celebrate the many different cultures that form the backbone of our community, including our proud and strong Australian Macedonian community.
“I wish all the teams coming to Jensen Park from all over Australia the best of luck in the 2020 Maso Cup, which is the biggest edition yet with Senior Men, Community Men, Senior Women, Over 35, Under 20, Under 16 and Under 14 tournaments.”
Kick-off will be 9am.