Kellyville High School suffer rare loss in futsal (NSW)

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Close but no cigar: Kellyville High School's under-14s futsal team fell just short of representing NSW at the national futsal championships.Picture: Natalie Roberts

Kellyville High School’s long-running dominance of the Vikings Futsal State Championship has ended.

The girls’ under-14s team narrowly finished runners-up in last month’s tournament in Minto, the first time in several years a Kellyville junior girls’ futsal team had tasted defeat.

Kellyville coach Fabio Caprarelli said it was a gutsy come-from-behind win for Heathcote which ended Kellyville’s State Cup campaign.

First-half goals to Emma Clarke and Katera Mokhtar put Kellyville 2-0 at the break but Heathcote responded with three quick goals to end the game.

Caprarelli praised his team’s achievement in reaching the final and losing only one match from their six games.

“We were playing well in the tournament but were out-muscled in the final,” Caprarelli said.

“Heathcote played a really physical game and converted their chances.

“We had some lazy defensive lapses and weren’t able to match them in the 50-50 challenges.”

Although Kellyville was beaten in the final the girls showed plenty of endurance by winning five back-to-back games on the day. “I’m very proud of how the girls performed,” Caprarelli said. “It was a long day of competition and our goalkeeper played after getting off a flight from London that same morning.”

The under-14s representative season may now be over but the school’s other under-19s girls’ team will play in November’s Australasian Futsal Championships at Runaway Bay in Queensland.

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