WELLINGTON – Mainland Futsal Red are the queens of New Zealand’s women’s futsal after winning the inaugural NZF-Futsal Girls and Women’s National Championships in Wellington over Labour Weekend.
Making up for a 2-3 defeat in pool play, Mainland Red, one of two teams sent north from Mainland, beat Auckland Meninas 2-1 in a thrilling final at the ASB Sports Centre.
With 13 goals to her credit, Mainland’s Serena Patel picked up the Golden Boot and Player of the Tournament awards to cap a great weekend, while Auckland’s Dani Bradley was named as the best goalkeeper.
In the under 15 division, Upper Hutt were dominant as Upper Hutt Black edged Upper Hutt Orange for the title.
In the senior final, Mainland held a 1-0 advantage at halftime but a penalty for hand ball saw the Aucklanders level shortly after the break.
Mainland got themselves back in front but had to survive a wave of attacks in the final stages to grind out the victory.
NZF Futsal Development Manager Dave Payne was impressed with the skill on show.
“There were a lot of talented players coming through in all the regions that competed and the support from futsal staff in the federations made sure the event was success off court as well,” Payne said.
“It’s clear from the level of enthusiasm on show from players, coaches and administrators that girls and women’s futsal will go from strength to strength.”
Download the event report for all results and statistics