Futsal’s keeps Genevieve Tucker’s fitness level and skill set high
Genevieve Tucker is heading in the right direction on two fronts, starring in both indoor and outdoor soccer.
The 11-year-old from Killara, this week’s North Shore Times Junior Sports Star Award nominee, is a NSW junior representative in futsal and soccer.
She has been an under-11s NSW futsal representative for the past two years, and in outdoor soccer she recently won selection in the under-12s state squad.
The Year 6 Ravenswood School for Girls student is the only NSWCIS player in the NSW side who will compete in the National PSSA championships later this year.
However, Genevieve says she is unsure which sport she will focus on when she gets older.
“I like both and I want to continue doing both,” she said.
“Futsal keeps me fit and I like it how you can play it in summer.
“Futsal is quicker than outdoor, which is a slow-passing game, and in futsal you have to have a lot of skills.
“In outdoor soccer, I like it how you have time because in futsal they shut you down very quickly.
“In outdoor you have the chance to look up, make a run and see who to pass it to.”
An attacking midfielder, Genevieve idolises England and Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney.
She is the captain of the Northern Tigers under-12s team, a representative club in the Ku-ring-gai District Soccer Association.
Her father, Andrew Tucker, says she is a player who reads the game well.
“She has a strong presence on the field and when she sees the goal she puts it away,” he said.
“She feeds the ball so well to her strikers.”