Redbacks' loss is Spain's gain
WARWICK Redbacks supporters Amaya and Greg Izaguira have answered the call to go back to their national Spain, along with their two boys Ray and Joe.
The Izaguira family will be a great loss to the club on and off the field.
Amaya and Greg could be relied on to help out with teams on Saturday mornings and would travel all over the Downs to be with the boys as they played matches.
Ray was an average height and build as he went through the under-12 and under-14 age groups.
However, his physique was the only area where he could be classed as average – he was exceptionally talented player, who picked up the game from the minute he started to train.
He had no fear and his hand and foot skills were outstanding.
He was a selfless player who had the unique ability to bring players around him into the game.
It is a gift that doesn't normally start to show in a player until much later in their career.
It is agreed throughout the club by those who have coached Ray and seen him play that he has the talent to go a lot further in the game.
Younger brother Joe was by no means in Ray's shadow.
The “Pocket Rocket” was often seen going into packs of footballers with only one intention – to come out the other side with the ball.
Fast, cheeky and a great team player would be the best way to describe this youngster.
As an under-U12 player his physical stature could have placed him in an under-10s team with no questions asked, but other than the fact that the rules don't permit that, nobody would have been able to convince Joe he was too small to play in his age group.
He had a typical “10 feet tall and bullet-proof attitude”.
He will definitely follow in the footsteps of Ray, not in his shadow.
Their Redbacks team-mates signed the footballs used in their final games and presented them with their guernseys and a club shirt each.
The Redbacks loss is certainly a Spanish gain.