Comments from the Dural Warriors Coach and Futsalroos Assistant Coach
F-League: Firstly, Congratulations to you and Steve Knight in qualifying for the FIFA Futsal World Cup.
RV: Thank you. It was an exciting time and quite emotional. Undoubtedly it was the highlight of all my years of involvement in Futsal. It was very satisfying when I was involved when the Solomon Islands qualified in 2008, but to play a small part in helping your country qualify for a World Cup is very special.
F-League: The Draw is now out, what do you think of the Futsalroos group?
RV: At this level all teams are difficult; what we have to do to prepare ourselves does not change regardless of who we are drawn to play against. We are under no illusions of how difficult the task will be but rest assured that the boys will be giving their best
F-League: A number of the older squad members, still rate the thrilling 3-3 draw against Argentina in the 2008 KL5?s as a highlight of their careers. Are you personally looking forward to this encounter?
RV: Very much so. Both teams are quite different now, but it is always good to know that we can compete with the really good teams. There is no love lost between Argentinians and Uruguayans so we may just see a little bit of “verbal banter on the day… At least I’ll know what moves they will be plotting!
F-League: The Futsalroos are currently preparing for the World Cup, how is the team looking and is there the extra buzz in the squad knowing the World Cup is around the corner?
RV There is no doubt about the enormity of the task. All the players are aware of the honour and responsibility attached to representing one’s country and, given the resources we have, they are working extremely hard to be ready for the challenge. Having missed out on the last one has made the experienced players really hungry while the younger ones can’t wait for the show to start.
F-League: Dural have shown their quality in this season, how do you think the team has played?
RV: We have had some quite high points, but at times we have not performed as well as we would have liked. We can’t complain about the results though.
F-League: Dural is renowned for bringing talent through the system, How does the new crop of kids match up with the likes for Tobias Seeto and Greg Giovenali?
RV: Obviously Toby and Greg are the yardstick and the inspiration for the younger players. I honestly believe that our depth has been the main difference between us and the other teams across the season.
F-League: You need one point to wrap up the hummel F-League, Will there be any extra pressure on the squad?
RV: Not really; I am sure every other team would love to be in our shoes. We have earned the position we are in and we are looking forward to playing as well as we can to get the points we need against very good opposition.
F-League: How do you think the quality has been in 2012 hummel F-League?
RV: All the teams have improved as the season went on. We have not had any easy games; you have to be on your game against every team or you could get punished.
F-League: The AFC Futsal Club Championships qualifiers are on the horizon for the winner of the hummel F-League. If Dural takes out the Championship, Is this something you are excited about being part of?
RV: Very much so. It is something that has been spoken about, and given the opportunity it something we would love to be a part of, but it might just come down to a question of finances.
F-League: Jarrod Basger has been a good inclusion for the Warriors in the 2012 hummel F-League, how do you think the “goal machine” has performed?
RV: Jarrod has been extremely good for us, not only scoring a lot of goals but playing some exciting Futsal. He enjoys playing with us and we have enjoyed him being a part of our squad
F-League: Thanks for your time and Good Luck in in the 2012 hummel F-League, and best of luck at the FIFA Futsal World Cup.