International futsal tournament kicks off in Cairns (QLD)


On the ball: Nomads player Jordan Canuto in action against Korean side Mustangs at Redlynch yesterday. Picture: SEAN DAVEY

The Western Australia Cougars made the early running on day one of the Gilligan’s Futsal International Challenge at the new Redlynch Central Sports Stadium yesterday.

The visitors trounced the Nomads 6-0 in the tournament opener, before disposing of the Korea-based Mustangs 9-1.

Japanese team Forca FC were also unbeaten in their first two contests and were particularly impressive in dominating the Western Australia Vikings 8-0.

They were lucky to take the points against local side the Stingrays earlier in the day, prevailing 3-2.

Competition continues today at 11am, with the official opening of the multi-million dollar facility at 10am.

The tournament line-up took a blow in the lead-up to yesterday’s opening day when a team from the Solomon Islands was forced to pull out.

But the standard has not dropped in their absence and tournament organisers expect a world-class final tomorrow at 2.30pm.

Quarter finals start tonight at 7pm and continue at 8.30am tomorrow with semi-finals at 11.30am and 12.30pm.

Daily entry is $7 for adults and $4 for kids under 14, while a family day pass is $18. The stadium is located on Chelsea Lane, off Larson Rd at Redlynch.

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