Townsville futsal talent to follow his dream


At just four years of age, Jake Garner was destined to be a football player. Garner, now 14, started playing with a ball in his backyard and has progressed to representing his country 10 years later.

Garner has been selected in the Australian under-14 futsal team which will tour Brazil and Chile in November for the 2008 Viking Pacific Junior Titles.

The Ignatius Park College student started playing outdoor football at the age of seven and was introduced to futsal (indoor) at the age of nine.

“I enjoy futsal, it’s a fast game and you have to use a lot of skills,” Garner said.

“There is a lot more decision-making than outdoor football.”

Garner, who has been overseas on several occasions, said he was looking forward to the learning experience of playing for Australia.

“I hope to learn a lot and have a good time,” Garner said.

“It’s a great life experience for me and it will be good to go away with the boys.”

The Ignatius Park student was one of 10 players picked and the only North Queensland player to be selected.

Garner said most of the players were from Brisbane, Victoria and New South Wales.

“I’m looking forward to going away with them, we will all have a good time,” Garner said.

This year was Garner’s second time to be selected for the Australian side after he was chosen in the side in under-13s.

Garner said he could not go on that occasion and was looking forward to November’s trip.

The fullback’s list of achievements includes selection in the North Queensland team which will play in the junior premier league competition this year.

The new competition sees regional cities including Central Queensland, Mackay, North Queensland, Far North Queensland and Wide Bay competing on a regular basis.

“I’ve been playing for the premier league competition for outdoor football but I’ve also played for Townsville and North Queensland a few times,” he said.

“I play as a centre/midfielder in outdoor.”

The talented player was keen to follow in the footsteps of his idol David Beckham who also plays in the centre/midfield.

“I would love to be the richest player in the football league,” Garner said.

“I love watching him take the free kicks, because I take them too.”

Source : Townsville Bulletin
Published : 23/7/2008
By : Natalie Peut

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