Once again Tasmania improved on its previous tournament results by moving ahead in leaps and bounds on the pitch.
Tasmania won it’s first ever competition in 2008 when the 12 year old boys were crowned National School Champions and the state’s Futsal has gone through the roof since with improvement shown in all age group both male and female. The gap has closed and with the 12 Boys becoming runners up at last years Club Championships it was only a matter of time until the kids from the Island State created their own bit of history.
This tournament looked like it could be the breakthrough with the 13 Boys trying to go one better than last year along with several sides looking to establish themselves at National level including the 12 Boys who wanted the Schools and Clubs double.
In the end Tasmania came away with 2 winners and 2 runners up which was the best haul in the history of Tasmanian Futsal.
12 Boys: After winning the National School championship under the guidance of Brazilian import Breno Bianchini the side set about going one better and winning the Club competition. With Brett Pullen in charge and led by captain Darcy Hall the side went through the tournament undefeated and outclassed every side they came across. Many of these players are involved in the Islanders Academy program and this showed out throughout the tournament.
13 Boys: The side which has been the bench mark in Tasmania for so long finally came away with the prize it longed for. With the passion burning from last years loss in the final minutes the side which had the breakthrough for Tasmania at the 2008 Schools comp did it again. They absolutely smashed every side in the lead up to the final and then looked as though they were going to choke before getting it together and running out victors!
Runners Up –
12 Girls: The most fearsome group of girls to ever travel away for Tasmania once again made it through to the final and once again were the runners up although they played a much higher standard team in NSW than they have ever faced before. A great allround performance by the team saw them cap off the tournament by narrowly going down 2-1 to a dubious penalty in the final.
10 Boys: The surprise packet of the tournament was the 10 Boys who played the game of their lives in the semi final to defeat what I regarded as the top side in the competition. In the final with their captain injured and the fuel tanks low they could not quiet dig deep enough to get over the line going down 4-3 in the end.
All Stars –
Playing who made all star selection were:
13 Boys- Cameron Rogers, Yosef Kolele
12 Boys- Vincent Kamano
11 Boys- Nicholas Fader
10 Boys- Baxter Norton
12 Girls- Phoebe Vaughan-Williams, Isobella Gee
14 Girls- Lauren Grant, Ondrea Duncan
Next year we will be back stronger again