The Solomon Islands U16 futsal team has won the Craig Foster Futsal Challenge trophy of the youth category in Australia last night.
The team which left the country early Saturday morning amidst flight complications, to compete in the Gold Coast futsal challenge was reportedly unstoppable.
The team arrived in Australia late for the U16 category challenge, and was suggested to take a stab at the U19 youth category’s challenge.
They went in and were too good for the bigger boys to handle.
They won their opener yesterday against Queensland U19, 5-1 and later in the evening thrashed South Brisbane U19, 6-1.
They were in for the top spot as they went in with a lot of spoils for the teams.
They found their ticket to the final and it was against a team they thrashed earlier during the initial matches yesterday – South Brisbane.
South Brisbane was looking for revenge but knew they were in for a tough encounter against the minnow visitors.
They went in and maintained their superiority and score line but conceded one more goal to close their victorious challenge on a 6-2 win in the final over South Brisbane.
Team manager Thomas Kaloka told Star Sports from Australia, South Brisbane have been leading the table tally since round one of the tournament.
He said despite the late arrival which had a very small impact on the team, they managed to regain confidence following their first win.
“The first 5-1 win against Queensland was a boost for the boys since we were playing in a category much higher than our scheduled one.
“The win continued until the final one,” Kaloka said.
Solomon Islands was grouped along with five other teams namely South Brisbane, Brisbane, QFA, NSW and Gold Coast.
Since they arrived late due to flight complications, they were slotted in to compete in the youth category which comprise of U19 teams.
Kaloka said the team dedicated the win to all Solomon Islanders and for those who supported and believed in the team.
The team will return on Wednesday.