A report on some of the winners at the Vikings Schools Champs
North Queensland has finished victorious in two age divisions of the national school futsal titles.
NQ’s under-15 and under-19 girls’ teams beat Australia’s best young talent before a home crowd at Townsville RSL Stadium yesterday.
But the news wasn’t so good for the NQ boys.
The under-13 and under-14 boys lost their respective deciders to more fancied opponents.
The under-13s lost to Queensland Country 5-3, and the under-14s lost to Queensland City 7-4.
The disappointment didn’t last long, however, when the under-15 girls downed Queensland City 6-4.
And the best was to come when the under-19s defeated Queensland City after a thrilling penalty shootout.
Scores were locked at 3-3 at full-time and the teams played 10 minutes of extra time, but neither side could find a winner.
The dreaded lottery of penalties had to take place, and fortunately it was NQ that prevailed with three successful shots to Queensland City’s two.
“It had to be the most exciting game of the whole tournament,” Australian Viking Futsal spokeswoman Cheryl Bacon said.
“I think everyone was on the edge of their seats because it was such an entertaining game.
“Both teams didn’t want to give up and unfortunately it had to go to penalties, but luckily we won it.”
A total of 50 teams from Tasmania to Cairns in age groups from under-14 to under-19 played at the four-day championships.
Forty teams in younger age divisions competed in Cairns.
NQ players Jeremy Dal Santo, Justin Lyons and Sarah Davies made “all star” merit sides after standout performances.