Maigan and Emma kicking goals for Australia (QLD)

Vikings Futsal

From kicking the ball around at school to touring New Zealand in Australian colours, Townsville’s Maigan Hayward and Emma Bourke have come a long way.

The pair were the only players selected from Townsville in a 16-strong Australian squad which toured the South Island of New Zealand from May 14-22.

Both only took up the sport at the beginning of last year as part of a Vikings Futsal initiative to get schoolchildren into the sport.

From there, the two 13-year-olds were selected in a North Queensland team that travelled to Albury-Wadonga on the New South Wales/Victorian border where they impressed so much they were selected for the tour to Christchurch, Queenstown and Dunedin.

Maigan played goalkeeper in the A-team while Emma was captain of the B-team.

North Queensland development officer Craig Perfect said it was a great reward for the girls who had excelled since taking up the sport.

“It’s a great achievement for the girls, not too many players from regional areas get the opportunity to go on international tours,” he said.

“To be able to get that invitation to go into New Zealand is great. The girls only recently started playing over the last couple of years.

“They come from the regional school competition we conducted and graduated into the club scene.

“They have slowly improved and look very good for the future.”

Townsville Bulletin
Natalie Puet
29th June 2010

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