Steve Hogg, Socceroo #295, has offered up the Anglican Grammar School (Churchie) in Brisbane as his GrassRoots outfit. Steve grew up on Bougainville loving Australian Rules, but was sent to boarding school in Brisbane at 12. Now GPS Schools and football were not a natural pairing in the 1970s, you played rugby or you played rugby, but Steve was lucky enough to have a teacher who wanted to set up a football program. Who'd have thought that within 5 years of learning to play, this natural athlete would coming under the wing of Johnny Warren.
After moving to school in Canberra both he & Danny Moulis were selected from the ACT & National schools side for the newly formed Canberra NSL team.
Talk about your rapid rises. Steve made his Socceroo debut in 1980 after moving to the Brisbane Strikers. So in 8 years he's gone from never playing to playing for Australia. Congrats Steve & welcome aboard.
ps... Churchie is also where Matt McKay went to school.