All sorts of news from the Futsal leaders in Wellington
Capital City Futsal have sent us a bunch of news items regarding Futsal in the Wellington region. Some items are slightly older and some are brand new, but they are all worth checking out…
CCF College Youth Invitational
December 11 and 12 saw a new landmark in competitive youth men’s Futsal in Wellington.
A touring NSW state rep u16 team from Australia provided a high bench mark for our Wellington school teams to aspire to in the Capital City Futsal Youth Men’s Invitational.
Futsal is a bigger participation sport than rugby in Australia with 450 000 players and NSW the strongest state. In contrast just two of the five Wellington teams play regular Futsal, for many this was their introduction. Taita College kindly hosted the tournament in their new gym and have been keen participants in the Kiwi Sport In Schools programme.
Early on Upper Hutt College saw first-hand the quality, technique and tactics resulting from playing competitive Futsal from five years old as many of the NSW boys have done. Although skilful they were outplayed and went on to lose 6-0. However the benefit of the experience showed and after qualifying for the semi finals UHC had another crack at NSW and found themselves 2-1 up in the second half. They eventually succumbed 3-2 in a tight game showing marked improvement.
The other semi final saw the most experienced college team Wellington High Five, lead by Futsal White Izaac O’Hara, take on the second most experienced team, Saint Pats College Juniors. After going down by a few early on, Wellington High never recovered. A skilful young team of 14 and 15 year olds came out on top in what was arguably the biggest upset of the day.
That brought about a matchup between SPC and NSW in the final. NSW experience and tactical organisation showed early on and they went out to a 6-1 lead. SPC slowly worked their way back into the game with some quick goals after half time. Tam (1) and Yakumu (2) both finished well from long range with Jacque making some crucial saves in goal. However it was always going to be a massive challenge and NSW deservedly won the game and the tournament with an 8-4 scoreline.
A Wellington Invitational team of ex St Pats and Wellington College first eleven players qualified for the semis only to default to give UHC their chance. They featured Phoenix reserve player Craig Stevens and All White Coach Ricki Herbert’s son and WC 1st eleven captain Kale. Onslow were another new team who showed real promise and only went down by a goal to SPC in a 10-9 thriller in group play.
Overall it showed the vast talent in our Wellington schools and the need for them to be playing and training Futsal on a regular basis. All focus now turns to a big 2011. With Wellington College Sport Champs April 14, NZ College Nationals March 26/27 and the opening of the Wellington Community Indoor Sports Centre in August it is shaping up to be a landmark year for the sport in Wellington.
For information on upcoming leagues and tournaments please contact Development Officer Matt Fejos on 021 971 798, or [email protected]. Spaces are limited before the opening of the new stadium.
Futsal at YOUR college!
The first six months of New Zealand Football’s pilot Futsal In Schools Programme has given thousands of Wellington college students a taste for this exciting sport. Give it a Go Sessions have been run in junior PE classes taking the sport to over 2000 kids in seven colleges.
Futsal is the official FIFA-endorsed indoor five-a-side football. It is the world’s fastest growing sport and a professional sport in many countries. New Zealand Football have been supporting the development of football and see it as a crucial part of the Whole of Football Plan. With an easy-to-control low bounce ball it is seen as both an accessible and easier game for social and younger players. It is also a crucial developmental tool for competitive and aspiring football players because of the close space promoting quicker footwork, creativity and decision making.
Contact Development Officer Matt Fejos through Futsal.net.nz to register your school’s interest in Futsal in 2011. Give it a Go sessions in PE, House Tournaments, Inter College Leagues and both the Wellington and National College Championships are on the horizon for a busy first few months of 2011.
College Player of the Year
Wellington High School student Izaac O’Hara was awarded a Sportsman of the Year award at the College Sports Awards 2010. It came in the “Other” category for his achievements in the sport of Futsal.
Izaac has been playing with his High Five team for three years since the start of Futsal in Wellington. In late 2009 they won the social category of the National Tournament held in Wellington. They went on to play in the competitive men’s “F League” in Wellington. Izaac has gone on to play for the Wellington team in the National League.
Most impressive is his selection for the national men’s Futsal Whites team. Izaac went to Fiji with the team in August to compete in the Oceania Championships. The team are aiming to win Oceania this year to qualify for the Futsal World Cup.
Futsals New Home
Capital City Futsal are set for another record year in growth as the sport continues to expand in Wellington. As the Regional Sporting Organisation (RSO) they will be based in the new Wellington Community Indoor Sports Stadium on Cobham Drive.
Opening in August and first used as a training venue for the Rugby World Cup, the purpose-built 12 court Stadium will provide a new era in indoor sports in Wellington. It provides Futsal with huge capacity for leagues and tournaments and comes at a time when CCF is fast out-growing existing venues around Wellington. It also provides much needed office space and a base for all administration and enquiries.
From August open tournaments will be run in a range of categories for all ages, genders and abilities to experience Futsal, with regular leagues starting in October. A modern world class venue and full international court also brings the opportunity to host international Futsal events and tournaments.
Capital City Futsal U12 Team
On Sunday 23 January 2011 the Capital City Futsal U12s team participated in a tournament in Napier, playing for the Central Youth Cup. Wairapara, Hawkes Bay and Hawkes Bay B also competed. Wellington made the final, losing 3-2 to Hawkes Bay. This was a good result. Youth futsal is strong and well established in Hawkes Bay, and this was the first outing for the Wellington team.
The Wellington team consisted of (at back) Alex Butler, Taylor Goodwin, Joseph Foote, and Sam Whitaker-Barnett and (at front) Zane Chan, Nicholas Moore and Matthew Blake. Tim Blake stood in for Matt Fejos as coach.
The u12 team served as the first of the representative coaching programme being rolled out this year. These will continue to be introduced in anticipation of having age group teams from u11s to 16s, and 19s in time for the relocation to the Wellington Community Indoor Sports Stadium. This will provide an ideal venue for trainings and tournaments. For more information contact [email protected], and visit Futsal.net.nz and Capital City Futsal on Facebook.