Competition was fierce and it was great to see that all states were competitive and that not just one state dominated all ages. For the record, we are not part of NSW but our own state NNSW with three regions Central Coast, NNSW Hunter, NNSW Mid Coast. We welcome Daniel, Chris and their crew to the Strikers organisation.
Both Central Coast and NNSW Hunter (METRO) gained valuable experienced training against each other during the period leading up to the Nationals and we will be working with the other clubs in the region to assist in future Futsal developments.
WELL DONE TO ALL COACHES, REFEREES, MANAGERS, PLAYERS, PARENTS AND SUPPORTERS of NNSW Futsal Metro and NNSW Central Coast Strikers.
To summarise our results our two under 10 teams and one under 11 team, for their first time competing, did really well and won at least one game.
Past NNSW teams struggled to win any. With our academy program being reintroduced, I am sure they will do as well as our other teams in the future.
Our NNSW under 12’s played in the Quarter finals and our Central Coast Strikers under 12 team, won the Under 12 Championships trophy.
NNSW under 13’s lost in an exciting Grand Final against Central Coast Strikers under 13’s. Another Championship trophy to the region.
The under 14 NNSW team , after a slow start, did really well and were very competitive considering their average age was only 13 and were playing against players a year older. How good are we in under 13’s?!?
Our NNSW 15 were Premiers BEST in Australia. Unfortunately lost to Queensland in the Grand Finals. This team and coach Manny have been together for 4 years and shows, if we stick together, what one can achieve.
Our NNSW 16’s, who for the last two years haven’t won a game made semis by coming fourth in a pool of eight. Central Coast Strikers coming a very gallant 6th.
Our senior squads, well what can I say about them, the girls really gave it to all teams in one of the hardest Women’s competitions I have ever seen in my fifteen years with Futsal. Although coming eighth they won the admiration of a lot of other teams used to flogging NNSW girls. Hopefully word will get out and we can attract more girls and women to this wonderful sport.
The Youth team (brand new team) after a very bad start came fifth one point away from fourth and drew with last years winners, Queensland City.
Some very exciting games was watched by all in this group with last second goals to take victories or equalise with opponents.
Finally our men’s team after so many years made the top four in a competition that was very strong with Queensland regions, NSW regions, and Tasmania regions having well trained Futsal teams. The team dedicated their Semi Final placing to all past players of NNSW Men’s and especially to those early years when NNSW struggled to win, even one game.
We have finally arrived and will continue to be a force to be reckoned with. Well done NNSW regions. Well done Coaches. Thank you supporters.
Also thank you and well done to all our referees that participated at the Nationals.
Summer Club competitions re start next week. The Autumn Club Futsal competition will start at most centres 1st week March 2012.
New competitions, Academies, information for Australian selected players, coaches and referees courses and other development news will be given once to hand and advertised in Newcastle Post.
For any interested person, some photos have been placed on Hunter Futsal Strikers “Facebook“ page
NNSW AND CENTRAL COAST Futsal STRIKERS Association
( Home of the Hunter Futsal Strikers.)