F-League: Daniel can you tell us about yourself and how you have got involved in Futsal?
DF: I’ve been playing futsal since I was 10 years old. My first ever tournament was the Futsal Nationals in Canberra back in 2000. I got involved just within my school playing in the local gym and local competitions.
F-League: How did you enjoy playing the inaugural hummel F-League?
DF: It was brilliant. To be able to play against the players from Victoria outside of nationals was especially good!
F-League: You have played for Campbelltown Quake, Maccabi Hakoah and Boomerangs in the FNSW Premier and Super League. How was your time at these clubs and can you compare them?
DF: Very different set ups and playing styles but all three with the same goal- developing their younger ranks whilst maintaining their elite program. I enjoyed each of these clubs for different reasons and each club has provided me with different aspects of my individual game.
F-League: How do you see Futsal currently in Australian, do you think the hummel F-League will help lift the profile of the game in this country?
DF: I think that the F-League is a very positive and essential step forward for Futsal in Australia. The sport needed the F-League to almost establish it’s self as a unique sport and not just an option in summer for outdoor players. I think that for the first time since I’ve been involved we have a number of key people in the right jobs and sometimes key people in key roles is all a sport needs to get the lift it needs.
F-League: You have been pushing for representative honors for a while now and have not managed to be selected, despite your good form, how have you handled the disappointment of missing out on selection?
DF: My dream has been to play for the Futsalroos since I was a little boy and I’m now at a point where I feel that I’m getting closer than ever to reaching that dream. Disappointment is what fuels a player or breaks a player but if you can turn a negative experience into a learning experience then you can only get better. Every time I head back into Aussie camp I just go out there to give the coaching staff one less reason to drop me. I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to be a part of the Futsalroo extended squad and now have a chance to go to the World Cup so I just plan on making the selector’s job as difficult as possible whilst remembering that you can’t achieve a dream if you just give up.
F-League: A lot of people had written Boomerangs off prior to the start of the competition and Series 1 you didn’t have the best of starts. With the current form in Series 2 and 3 the Boomerangs look like the only team that can stop Dural, how has it been proving the critics wrong?
DF: We went home from series one with questions to be answered and consequent critics to be heard. Kristian (Boomerangs Coach) and I knew we were at a turning point but that something had to be done fast. We have some fantastic youth players coming through who until now haven’t had a chance to progress. There has been a mentality in the ACT that just showing up on the day is good enough but it’s not so we selected a group of players who wanted to train and who wanted to learn. We have a very young group but with numbers at training you are able to impart knowledge and systems and consequently you have a better chance of catching up to clubs such as Dural who have a fantastic set up. We have a long way to go but with the right attitude amongst the team we are certainly headed in the right direction.
F-League: Series 3 saw the Boomerangs play in the ACT in front of a home crowd, how was that experience and are you a fan of the playing matches interstate?
DF: Nothing beats playing in front of a home crowd, they can swing the momentum of the game for you with their support and generally as a player you lift when there are 250 odd people cheering you on. In saying this though I also love playing interstate and traveling as a group. It’s a good forum for players within a team to get to know each other better and this equally can translate into a closer knit group on the court.
F-League: What’s your most memorable moment on a Futsal court?
DF: I have two- Scoring at the Asian Cup Club Championship Qualifiers against the Chinese team was a very special moment and winning my first Men’s Nationals title with NSW Lightning in 2010.
F-League: Who is the funniest team mate in the Boomerangs squad?
DF: Angelo for sure! The guy says exactly what is in his head with no screening before it is verbalized! He can break a mood within a game just by saying something completely left field not to mention what he says when we are traveling as a team to people in the general public!
F-League: Who a player in the Boomerangs squad we should keep an eye on in the last 2 Series?
DF: I think that Callum Smith is coming along really well in men’s. He has dominated in the younger age groups and is now finding his way into Men’s scene. I would also keep an eye on Ryan Keir he is another extremely gifted young player who will cause trouble not just in the last two series but in the years to come.
F-League: Thanks for your time and Good Luck in in the 2012 hummel F-League?
DF: Thanks. See you in Melbourne!