For the first time the western region will be represented at the NSW Under 13s Futsal State Championships.
Luke Masotti, Blair Esposito, Max Drion, Max Herft, Rhys Robinson, Jackson Fuda and Tim Dowler are set to take on some of the best futsal players in the state in the under 13s age group.
Team manager Marco Masotti said the event, which is being held at the Penrith Valley Regional Sports Centre at Cambridge Park, would be a big learning curve for the squad.
“It’s the first under 13s side from the western region to go to a state championships,” Masotti said.
“And the tournament has been running for 43 years.”
The side has spent the last three weeks being taught the finer points of futsal by some of the Australia’s best in Wallerawang, near Lithgow.
Masotti was hoping the side’s experience mixing it with the Futsalroos would help take the side through the tournament.
“They’ve been coached by a couple of Australian reps for around two weeks,” he said.
He said the state championships would be the side’s biggest test.
“Most of the boys all play outdoor soccer and play futsal here at the PCYC,” he said.
“The next step for us is to have a crack at the state championships.”
And from there anything is possible.
“Attending this state championships is a prerequisite for national selection to go to Canberra next year,” he said.
“If we can play well enough, make a semi or final then a few of the boys might get noticed hopefully.”
Western will play three games tomorrow.
They take on Newcastle Strikers in their first game, Joga Bonito in their second and Inner West All Stars in their third.
On Sunday they face off against Far North Coast.
If Western are successful in their four preliminary matches they will proceed to take part in the finals series on Sunday afternoon.
Coach Carmel Esposito said her side’s focus would be on having fun.
“It’s hard to say how the side will go. They look good when they are playing here (at the PCYC). It’s a little bit of trial and error at the moment,” Esposito said.
“As long as we are learning and having fun then the team will do well.
“After the championships we’ll really be able to work out where we sit. They certainly have the ability.”
The NSW Futsal State Championships kick-off at Cambridge Park tomorrow and conclude on Sunday.
WESTERN: Luke Masotti, Blair Esposito, Max Drion, Max Herft, Rhys Robinson, Jackson Fuda, Tim Dowler.