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Feb 07, 2013   |  1:14PM AET

Countdown to Campbelltown: Mark Bridge

Countdown to Campbelltown: Mark Bridge

Mark Bridge had no idea how much he was going to love football when his parents registered him to play for Nepean.

Mark Bridge had no idea how much he was going to love football when his parents registered him to play for Nepean.

It didn-t matter where in Western Sydney the striker lived – he was at his happiest when the ball was at his feet.

“I remember coming home from school and I couldn-t wait for the weekend so I could play,” Bridge said.

“I can-t forget those oranges at half-time and everyone was always having fun.”

It appears the 27-year-old had a knack for scoring goals at an early age.

“I scored thirteen goals in one game once,” he said.

“I had most of them in the first half and the coach couldn-t take me off because I was on such a roll.

“It didn-t sit well with the rotation policy he had in place.”

Quick to learn however, that sometimes in football, goals don-t always win games.

“We had a Round Robin competition when I was 11 or 12 and my team lost,” said Bridge.

“I remember I cried for two days after that!”

Bridge says he is incredibly thankful for his primary introduction to the sport.

“It got to the point where I was that into football that it was stay with this or do well at school,” he said.

“I loved it then and now I am stuck with it!”

The Wanderers next play Newcastle Jets at Campbelltown Stadium on Saturday night at 7.45pm.