Two Taree futsal players are this week taking on the best in Australasia at the national titles in Sydney.
Brock Campbell and Ricky Campbell (no relation) are lining up for Northern New South Wales in the National Futsal Championships, Brock in the men’s division and Ricky in the under 19s youth side.
Considered the premier event on the Australasian futsal calendar, the titles are hosted by the Vikings Futsal Association and began yesterday, running through until Friday.
Brock and Ricky will both be making their debuts at a national level, with the titles featuring teams from across Australia and New Zealand.
Brock admitted it was an exciting prospect to play the cream of players in that region.
“There will be some very strong players there, it will be a high level of competition,” he said before heading to Sydney.
“I know of some good players from Lismore, but I’m not sure who else will be there,” he explained.
Brock and Ricky were both selected for representative duties after impressing selectors while playing for the Port Macquarie Patriots in the North Coast League.
It is their first season in the league, which has exposed them to some of the most skilled players in the north of the state.
Both have been playing the sport for about three years and were previously involved in the weekly competition at Taree PCYC, where they helped secure the division A title.
The nationals are run in a round robin format, with the best performing clubs qualifying for the finals on Friday.
Brock’s campaign with the men’s side began yesterday with matches against Northern Territory and New Zealand while today they tackle Southern New South Wales and Western Australia.
Tomorrow they clash with the side Brock describes as the gun team – NSW Metro – as well as Queensland City, with the side hopefully then having done enough to earn a finals berth.
Ricky’s youth side started against Victoria and Queensland City yesterday and take on New South Wales and Northern Queensland today.
Tomorrow they round out their pool matches against Tasmania and Queensland Metro.