From an article that ran in last Wednesday’s Witness on two local boys, Connor McGregor and Callum Spoor, competing at their first FFA Futsal National Championships, team manager Matt Savaro from Orange, came away from the competition praising the boys’ efforts.
With the team winning one and drawing one of its seven games to finish ninth from 10 teams, Savaro, could not have been happier.
Some had never even played futsal before, but that didn’t stop the Football West under 14s from showing plenty of skill last week in Canberra.
“It was a great effort from the boys. Half of them had never even played the game before,” he said.
“Not once did they drop their heads. They just improved so much throughout the whole week and if the tournament had gone for a few more days I think we could have gone up a few places.
“A lot of the other teams from metro areas had been together for years. It was mind-blowing for the boys to see the skill and speed of the game at this level.
“Any kid that wants to be a part of that should definitely try out next year.”
With two NSW and ACT teams, as well as sides from Queensland, Victoria and South Australia, Football West was always going to be up against it.
After some tough early losses to NSW Lightning (14-2) and Victoria (17-1), the side’s persistence paid off with a 2-all draw against Queensland Country and a thrilling 5-4 win over the ACT Cobras in its final match.
“We’re hoping to get bigger and better next year. We will hopefully have more preparation and this experience will be great for the boys,” Savaro said.
Savaro said a highlight for the team was taking part in the tournament’s opening ceremony, where the team got to walk a lap around the Australian Institute of Sport athletics track.