Gold Coast Futsal is the inaugural champion of the Craig Foster Futsal Challenge Cup following last Saturday’s splendid event at the Carrara Indoor Sports Stadium, edging out Brisbane Magic Futsal by 16 goals.
Both clubs completed the group matches with 19 points each, four ahead of Futsal North Coast from NSW, but it was the superior goal scoring machine of the Gold Coast sides that won it for them.
Despite missing out on the prize, Brisbane Magic Futsal did pick up three grand final victories with the under 10s, 11s and 12s each collecting the winners medal.
On a scorching hot summer’s day, the crowd’s turned out to see former Socceroo and SBS Television identity Craig Foster open the tournament and watch some great entertaining Futsal from our juniors, while the open men’s teams showed true class in their event.
In 24 matches played 246 goals were scored, an average of just over 10 goals a game. A perfect advertisement for the game.
The pleasing aspect of the day was the high level of sportsmanship on show from all participating teams despite the stakes that were on offer.
It was Futsal played at its best and everyone present witnessed a great event.
Troy Bingham, Marketing Director of Gold Coast Futsal was pleased with the tournament.
“Thanks very much for a professionally run and managed tournament. It had all the qualities for a successful day: Craig Foster was on hand at the start, everything was clearly communicated and the tournament started on time.
“The officials were all professional and games were kept on time throughout the day. The presence of Gold Coast United players was great for the kids and trophy presentation with the players was fantastic. All in all we had a very enjoyable day at an event that was professional from start to finish”.
Andrew Parkes, Managing Director of Gold Coast Futsal put in a great effort to have this event up and running.
“I would like to specifically mention the incredible sportsmanship, skill and team unity that was displayed by the teams . Comments and praise are flowing through from people who attended along with officials and organizers of the event with the terrific behavior and discipline that was displayed by all the kids on the day.
“I am very proud to have hosted this event after witnessing the quality, caliber and character of such fine players and coaches from the three clubs.
Joe Di Meglio, President of Brisbane Magic Futsal expected nothing less than a successful competition.
“Everyone in Queensland wanted to be part of this event. Unfortunately we could only cater three clubs and we all had a great time. The event ran smoothly and on time and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves no matter what the outcome of the result was.
“The concept was Brisbane Magic Futsal, however the praise of the day must go to Gold Coast Futsal for the way they handled the operations of the event.
“Craig Foster, who is our club patron, was very pleased to see all the players taking part along with their parents who made the effort to bring them down to participate”.
There are plans to stage two events next season with one in Brisbane and the other in the Gold Coast with an expansion plan to include a few more clubs. Details will be revealed soon.
Players from the Gold Coast United Football Club were on hand to present the awards at the end of the day and the following players received their individual awards;
· Most Valuable Player – Cristian Di Meglio (Under 11 Brisbane Magic Futsal)
· Golden Boot – Luke Reynolds (Under 10 Futsal North Coast)
· Golden Goal – Nikola Mirkovic (Under 14 Gold Coast Futsal)
A summary of the finals;
The final between Futsal North Coast and Brisbane Magic Futsal was shaping up to be a great game following their nail biting group match which Futsal North Coast won 7-6 earlier in the day.
Futsal North Coast went into a 4-2 lead before Brisbane Magic Futsal scored two goals to send the match into extra time. In the end it was Alex Sargent who scored the winner for Magic to win the game 5-4.
Brisbane Magic Futsal: Tom Hammond (GK), Felix Booth, Sam Eagles, Oliver Foran, Mackenzie Janes, Alex Sargent, Duncan Stewart, Jacob Tallentire and Sam Tuckett. (Coach – Jeremy Janes).
Futsal North Coast: Hari Scott, Jarrah Hall-Hart, Luke Reynolds, Sam Bruce, Scott Fleming and Kieran Miller. (Coach – Tanya Bond).
Top Goal Scorers: 9 – Luke Reynolds (Futsal North Coast), 8 – Hari Scott (Futsal North Coast), 5 – Duncan Stewart (Brisbane Magic Futsal).
Brisbane Magic Futsal were favourites to take the title against Futsal North Coast after winning the group unbeaten including a 9-3 win against its opponent in the final.
Magic took an earlier lead and never looked back in the end winning the final 6-1.
Brisbane Magic Futsal: Thomas Lord (GK), Jesse Bayes, Cristian Di Meglio, Jason Di Meglio, Nathan Friedrichs, Eliott McBride, Lucas Stammes and Matthew Tsoumbaras. (Coach – Joe Di Meglio)
Futsal North Coast: Anthony Wright (GK), Matt Bond, Liam Lawrence, Travis Kramer, Chris Saunders and Nicholas Alcorn. (Coach – Gary Alcorn).
Top Goal Scorers: 5 – Mitchell Pearce (Futsal North Coast) and Cristian Di Meglio (Brisbane Magic Futsal), 4 – Nathan Friedrichs (Brisbane Magic Futsal).
Brisbane Magic Futsal was highly fancied to win the final following its 7-1 victory against Gold Coast Futsal earlier in the day and Magic begun where they left off leading 4-0 midway through the first half.
However Gold Coast did respond with a few goals just before half time but the strong and determined Magic outfit didn’t prevail and won the final 7-3.
Brisbane Magic Futsal: Connor Jones (GK), Joshua Dabuet, Timmy Dunleavy, Emmit Housman, Griffin Mansfield-Taylor, Alex Miotti, Owain Thomas and Tommy Tobin. (Coaches – Tony Dunleavy and Rob Miotti).
Gold Coast Futsal: Samuel Layani (GK), Rhys Parkes (GK), Declan Lawson, Alex Raven, James Northam, Lachlan Boyle, Jackson Brough, Matthew Hatsuda, Dimitri Efthimiou and Toby Scrivens. (Coach – Patrick Moroney).
Top Goal Scorers: 7 – Joshua Dabuet (Brisbane Magic Futsal), 5 – Owain Thomas (Brisbane Magic Futsal), 4 – Matthew Hatsuda (Gold Coast Futsal).
The Under 13 Final was predicted to be one sided with Gold Coast winning the group with two wins and scoring 22 goals and conceding only 4 while its opponent Brisbane Magic Futsal reached the final with an 8-5 victory against Futsal North Coast.
Gold Coast Futsal were quick to take a commanding lead and Brisbane Magic Futsal couldn’t match it with the far more experienced side. Gold Coast Futsal won 8-0.
Gold Coast Futsal: Lucas Chicco (GK), Reuben Douglas, Marko Luckac, Luke Weightman, Liam Park, George Papadimitriou, Josh Scmid, Tasar Malone, Shannon Brady and Ryan Roderick. (Coach – Luis Marquez).
Brisbane Magic Futsal: Liam Booth-Mowat (GK), Declan Arnow, Tom Raabe-Branch, Ronnie Gardner, Mitchell Hassen, Harry O’Kelly, Sam Pennisi and Liam West (Coach – Troy Doolan).
Top Goal Scorers: 7 – Shannon Brady (Gold Coast Futsal), 6 – Sam Kerry Futsal North Coast), 5 – Reuben Douglas (Gold Coast Futsal).
Gold Coast Futsal showed too much class for Brisbane Magic Futsal in the final winning the match 10-2. In their earlier encounter Gold Coast Futsal won 6-3 so it was no surprise they lead 7-0 at half time.
However Brisbane Magic Futsal did come out firing in the second half and reduced the score to 7-2 before the hosts showed their worth and won 10-2.
Gold Coast Futsal: Joel Erskine (GK), Jacob Chicco, Jesse Masa, Ben Scanlon, Brandon Chin, Daniel Grzic, Jack Cassidy, Christopher Hatsuda, Nikola Mirkovic and Kento Ito. (Coach – Alan Marquez).
Brisbane Magic Futsal: Henry Harbeck (GK), Harry Black, Nick Cecil, Michael Di Meglio, Callum Kelly, Denis Krajinic, Matthew Stammes, and Sean West. (Coach – Joe Di Meglio).
Top Goal Scorers: 8 – Nick Cecil (Brisbane Magic Futsal), 5 – Nikola Mirkovic (Gold Coast Futsal), 4 – Daniel Grzic (Gold Coast Futsal).
Futsal North Coast were the surprise packet of the tournament but won many followers with their brand of Futsal. The team from Lismore topped their group with two wins and was determined to win the title against Gold Coast Futsal.
It was a close affair, just like their previous meeting which Futsal North Coast won 4-2. But the home side couldn’t match the skills on show by Futsal North Coast who won the game 3-0 and clinch thier club’s first grand final.
Futsal North Coast: Haraldo Negrao, Marcio Oshiro, Bruno Rosa, Fabio Fraga, Rafael Moura, Luis Prosdossimi, Marcio Lyra, Charlyson Rodrigues and Federico Sierna. (Coach – Tanya Bond).
Gold Coast Futsal: Reza Behbehani (GK), Scott Prickett (GK), Korey Miller, Joel Lo, Kurt Gomez, Todd Piovesan, Claudio Manna, Andre Rodriguez, Scott Prickett and Nick Sierna. (Coach – Andre Rodriguez).
Top Goal Scorers: 5 – Igor Jose (Futsal North Coast), 4 – Todd Piovesan (Gold Coast Futsal), 3 – Richardo (Futsal North Coast).
A special thank you to the following sponsors who supported this event – RACQ Insurance, Nomis, Gold Cost United Football Club and Gold Coast Soccer.
On behalf of the three clubs, a special thank you must go to the following volunteers and referees without whom the day could not have been a success – Chris Ioannou, Andrea Stammes, Sonia Di Meglio, Emilio Raffaele, Kayla Miller, Nikki Maciel, BJ Dupreez, Mandy MiIller, Emma Barff, Fab Maciel, Santi Masa, Jack Johansson, Vass Stammes, Peter Hammond, Phil Ronnert, Robyn Crawford-Smith, Troy Doolan, Gary French, Adam Masa, and Anthony Maciel.