Townsville futsal players William Prizeman and Hamish Cassady cannot contain their excitement at the prospect of representing Australia in futsal for the first time.
The 12-year-olds will be Townsville’s only representatives in the Australian under-13 team on its 16-day tour of Chile and Argentina.
Both started their love for football and futsal in the under-six outdoor competition and both began futsal this season.
Cassady said they were really excited to be going.
The duo were selected after they were noticed by national selectors during the national championships in Albury.
Coming up against five teams from Tasmania and two teams from Brisbane, they just missed out on a grand final spot after dropping 9-8 to a Tasmanian team in a semi-final.
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”We drew one, lost three (including the semi-final) and won four games,” Prizeman said.
”It (futsal) has been really fun. I started in the school comp where I made my way to Albury which was when I got picked for the Australian team,” Cassady said.
”I was surprised and happy (to be selected for Australia).”
Leaving next May, both Prizeman and Cassady will be celebrating their 13th birthdays in Chile with Cassady’s birthday on May 27 and Prizeman’s on June 3.
Both have never been overseas to play sport before and were looking forward to the experience and expected it to be fun but hard competition.
”We don’t really know what to expect but I think it’s going to be tough,” Prizeman said.
”It will be a good experience.”