Lemnos Primary School teaching principal and avid Dutch soccer fan Jerry Kop's decision to wear orange in the lead up to Netherlands' World Cup match against Australia has been met with disapproval from his students.KENDALL FRASER June 18, 2014 3:53am
Lemnos Primary School principal and Dutch soccer fan Jerry Kop among his Australia-supporting students.
Avid Dutch soccer fan Jerry Kop will be up and decked out in orange in support of his beloved team, who take on Australia at the soccer World Cup early tomorrow morning.
The Lemnos Primary School teaching principal has donned his orange attire at school this week in the lead-up to the big game, despite the disapproval of his 15 students, all of whom are backing the Socceroos.
With his family heritage the root of his passion, Mr Kop said his father had always been into soccer.
His parents immigrated from the Netherlands to Australia in the 1950s, settling at Tralagon, where Mr Kop was born.
‘‘Dad would always back the underdog in the soccer,’’ he said.
‘‘I’ve always been interested in the soccer too, and we follow the Dutch across all sports.’’
Mr Kop said he and his whole family would rise early tomorrow to support the Netherlands in the match at the sourthern Brazilian city of Porto Alegre, all dressed head to toe in their Dutch colours.
‘‘We usually buy the shirts, scarves and soccer tops and suits to wear when we’re watching the game,’’ Mr Kop said.
‘‘Partly to get in the spirit, but more so because it gives everyone else a laugh.’’
When asked if the Netherlands was in with a chance, Mr Kop was reserved in his response.
‘‘I lost a bet last time when Spain beat Holland,’’ he said.
‘‘I think it would be good if the Dutch won and qualified, but it would be okay if Australia won and qualified too.
‘‘But after that, all bets are off.’’
Mr Kop’s students also have a passion for soccer, and while they won’t be up to watch the game, the young ones were not afraid to speak up about who they thought would win, chanting ‘‘Aussie, Aussie, Aussie’’ across the yard.
‘‘Every Wednesday we play soccer, we play against each other, we love to play,’’ one student said.
When asked if Mr Kop plays with them, they all giggled and responded with a ‘‘no’’.
‘‘Last time I played, I fell over, and that was the end of my soccer playing days,’’ Mr Kop said.
‘‘So fingers crossed I can continue to live my soccer joy through Holland having a win on Thursday.’’
Greater Shepparton businesses have signed up to a new website that helps mothers find breastfeeding-friendly locations.
The talent was truly amazing at this year’s Mulwala Water Ski Club’s Got Talent competition.
‘‘Time for reflection is rare in life and in business,’’ Tatura Milk Industries chairman Barry Irvin told suppliers when delivering his end-of-financial-year report.
Bendigo trainer Debbie Wills was elated on Monday when she scored her maiden career win at Echuca with seven-year-old gelding Favela Star.
Campaspe Shire rural access officer Andrew Thomson was in Rochester for last week’s pop-up session so residents could air their concerns.
If you thought it was cold yesterday morning, you weren’t wrong!
Mitchell Shire Council thinks outside the square - and harnesses the power of youth.
Despite being scheduled to play at home this Saturday, Finley footballers and netballers will instead make the trip to Blighty.
Entries are now being taken for the 2014 St Martin Heathcote Wine Show.
Politicians and environmental groups are split over the impacts of coal seam gas extraction, with a community info day planned.
A 15-goal win to CWS was one of the highlights of Deniliquin Netball Association's return round on Saturday.
Tackling salinity in the Goulburn-Broken basin was a key element of a presentation made to an international forum in the United States last month.
The swamp wallaby and eastern grey kangaroo will be set free once they're old enough to fend for themselves.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.