Qantas Futsalroos Squad announced

Football Australia (via mseeto)

Qantas Futsalroos Head Coach Steven Knight has selected a squad of 13-players for the AFC Futsal Championship ASEAN Zone qualifiers which will be held in Indonesia later this month.

Confident with his first national team selection, Knight believes that he has the right mix of local and international players with the skills, experience and ability to qualify for the AFC Futsal Championship which will be held in Uzbekistan in May.

“We looked at a large number of players over the past few months and the players selected proved themselves to be the best available for selection,” said Knight

“There are three overseas players selected who are currently playing in professional leagues in Europe which will add a different type of experience to the squad.

“There is also a number of debutants in the squad who, I believe, have the ability to step up and begin their senior international futsal careers.

“The competition in Indonesia will be very tough, in particular the host nation who will have the home court advantage, but I’m confident that we can do the job,” concluded Knight

Knight will also name an additional player to the squad after the Qantas Futsalroos participate in a charity match against NSW Thunder on Sunday in aid of the Sherry Family Orphan Appeal.

Football Federation Australia and the Qantas Futsalroos were saddened when hearing the news of the passing of Carole and Joseph Sherry who drowned whilst trying to save their children from a treacherous rip at a South Ballina Beach on the NSW North Coast on the 19th January. The unfortunate tragedy left their children Monique, Elise, and Nicholas orphaned. The Sherry family was very active with the Campbelltown Quake Futsal Club with Elise playing in the under 14 girls squad.

The charity match will kick-off at 4pm on Sunday 14 February at the Dural Sport & Leisure Centre with all proceeds going to the Sherry Family Orphan Appeal (see below for details).

AFC Futsal Championship ASEAN Zone qualifiers will take place from 20-25 February in Jakarta with the top three teams qualifying for the AFC Futsal Championships which will be played in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, from 23-30 May.

The Qantas Futsalroos have been drawn in Group A along with Indonesia and Myanmar, while Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia and Philippines make up Group B.

Qantas Futsalroos Squad:
Joshua Codrington (Dural Warriors, NSW), Roger Cua (Mascot Vipers, NSW), Fernando De Moraes (North Melbourne FC, VIC), Miles Downie (Sporting Club Vila Verde, Portugal), Rhys Giovenali (Dural Warriors, NSW), Greg Giovenali (Salaria Sporting Village, Italy), Simon Keith (Maccabi Futsal, NSW), Angelo Konstantinou (Boomerangs FS, ACT), Dean Lockhart (Campbelltown City Quake, NSW), Pat Ross-Magee (Boomerangs FS, ACT), Tom Rogic (ANU, ACT), Tobias Seeto (Lanzarote Tias Yaiza, Spain), Adrian Vizzari (Inner West Allstars, NSW),

Team Officials
Head Coach – Steven Knight (NSW)
Assistant Coach – Robert Varela (NSW)
Goalkeeper Coach – Roger Cua (ACT)
Physiotherapist – Michael Sette (VIC)
Team Manager – Matt Sheppard (FFA)

AFC Futsal Championship ASEAN Zone qualifiers
Tournament Schedule
20-25 February 2010

All matches to be played at the Tennis Indoor Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia

Date Fixture Kick-off (local) Kick-off (AEDT)
20 February, 2010 Australia v Myanmar 2:30pm 6:30pm
20 February, 2010 Malaysia v Philippines 4:15pm 8:15pm
20 February, 2010 Vietnam v Cambodia 6:30pm 10:30pm
21 February, 2010 Myanmar v Indonesia 2:30pm 6:30pm
21 February, 2010 Philippines v Vietnam 4:15pm 8:15pm
21 February, 2010 Cambodia v Malaysia 6:30pm 10:30pm
22 February, 2010 Australia v Indonesia 2:30pm 6:30pm
22 February, 2010 Malaysia v Vietnam 4:15pm 8:15pm
22 February, 2010 Cambodia v Philippines 6:30pm 10:30pm
24 February, 2010 Semi-final 1 (B1 v A2) 4:15pm 8:15pm
24 February, 2010 Semi-final 2 (A1 v B2) 6:30pm 10:30pm
25 February, 2010 Third-place play-off (LSF1 v LSF2) 4:15pm 8:15pm
25 February, 2010 Final (WSF1 v WSF2) 6:30pm 10:30pm

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  1. I was planning on LIVE commentary but the Internet here is pretty slow and with moderation required … So here’s the first half as it happened. Check http://www.the-afc.com for full time scores. I won’t be watching the second half.

    1st min – Starting line up – Konstaninou, G. Giovenali, Seeto, Ross-Magee, Fogarty
    1st min – Vizzari and Cua will sit it out for the Aussies
    1st min – Referees Ritaga (PHI), Siva (MAS), Kim (KOR), Nobumoto (JPN)
    3rd min – GOAL AUS 1-0 – Giovenali with a screamer into the top left corner from 10m.
    4th min – sub – De MOraes, Downie, Keith, Lockhart replace the starting line-up over the course of a minute.
    5th min – GOAL MYN (1-1) – Lockhart gives up the ball at last man and the Myanmar #19 puts Kostantanou on the ground with a feint before rolling the ball into the empty net.
    6th min – De Moraes shot from almost half way narrowly misses the top corner.
    7th min – sub – Rogic for Lockhart
    8th min – sub – R. Giovenali for Downie and then G. Giovenali for De Moraes after the latter fires another well saved effort from 12 metres
    9th min – Long range effort from R. Giovenali is stopped. Rogic pinches the rebound, but is foiled by the keeper’s outstreched leg for a corner.
    10th min – GOAL AUS (2-1) From the next corner a strong shot ends with Rogic scoring on debut with a tap home.
    10th min – FOUL AUS (1-0) Foggarty lashes out with a leg and collects a Myanmar defender
    11th min – The changes keep rolling with Seeto and Ross-Magee back on the pitch.
    12th min – GOAL AUS (3-1) G. Giovenali pinches a ball deep the Australian defence and through broken play is flanked by Seeto and Magee. The former is on hand to play a one-two before Gio finishes inside the left post.
    14th min – Australia continue to pile on the pressue with seven corners for the match so far.
    15th min – Downie, again from almost half-way forces another save for yet another corner. The set pieces are good but not getting a result.
    15th min – Another good move down the
    15th min – TIMEOUT MYN
    16th min – GOAL AUS (4-1) – Rogic makes it a double with another tap in at the back post as he is first to the crumbs after a Mayanmar goalkeeper parry
    18th min – TIMOUT AUS
    19th min – GOAL AUS (5-1) – Keith and R. Giovenali interchange well with Fogarty becoming the next to score on debut. Another tap in but the lead up work made it possible.
    HALF-TIME – Australia 5 – Myanmar 1

  2. Final score was 6-1 with De Moraes picking up the goal for the Aussies. The result basically gives the FutsalRoos passage to the semi-finals in the three team group where the top two move on.

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