Boomerangs ‘5 minutes with…’ Interviews (ACT)

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nikolaPlayer Interview F-League 2013 – Nikola Orgill

BFS: Nikola, Futsal is a relatively new sport for you with the recent NSW Premier League season your first, how have you found the transition to the smaller game?

I have found the transition challenging and exciting. The technical aspects of Futsal have been particularly difficult to adjust to, however, the F-league training has been extremely beneficial to me in terms of understanding the game. I am really enjoying the new challenges of playing in small confined spaces and the general speed of the game.

BFS: At the 2013 FFA Futsal National Championships you were named as AllStar along with some of the country’s most exciting futsal talent. Where does this rank in terms of your sporting achievements?

Being named an AllStar would definitely be one of my top sporting achievements. I was thrilled to just be participating at the National Championships and so being named an AllStar, alongside some of the best Futsal players in Australia, was unexpected and a great honour.

BFS: The F-League is an exciting opportunity for female futsal players, how do you see this league developing your game? And women’s futsal in general?

Having only started playing futsal last year, I still have a lot to learn about the structure and technical aspects of the game. The F-league is an amazing opportunity for female futsal players to compete on a national level and I think the standard of the players and teams will be challenging and definitely help develop my game further. The F-league is a brilliant step forward in terms of women’s futsal, this being the inaugural season for the women, and will hopefully be the stepping-stone to an Australian National Women’s Futsal Team.

BFS: From your short time at this level do you think Australia has the talent pool to compete on the world stage?

I think Australia definitely has the talent pool to compete on the world stage, and in addition to this I think Australia has the drive to be a strong competing futsal nation. The Futsalroos proved this ability in the most recent World Cup and I believe, given the chance, the women would also succeed internationally. Futsal has unfortunately been living in the shadow of its outdoor counterpart, Football. However, with the emergence and development of the F-league for both men and women, I think more people will begin to see Futsal as the unique and brilliant sport it is and this will result in an even greater talent pool which will undeniably allow Australia to be competitive on the world stage.

BFS: How important is the development of a National Womens Futsal team?

I think the development of a National Women’s Futsal Team is paramount to the success of the sport for women in Australia. It is crucial for the success of a sport to have a clear pathway for the athletes and a National Team that the athletes can aspire to be a part of. Naming an AllStar squad at the recent National Championships was a positive step in the right direction, however, this must be built on to the point of a National Women’s Futsal team in order to progress the women’s game.

BFS: What are you most looking forward to with regards to the F-League?

I am most looking forward to the level of competition and professionalism the F-league promises. Being the inaugural season of the F-league for women, I think we will see the best futsal talent Australia has to offer which will make for a tough competition, which is always exciting!

BFS: Which team are you most worried about going into the 2013 F-League?

There has been a lot of hype recently over the newly formed Sydney Scorpions and I think they will undoubtedly be a team to beat, given they are able to draw talent from four of the stronger NSW Premier League teams. However, I am most worried about Melbourne Heart and Dural Warriors as I think they both have extremely talented squads. Having played Dural Warriors in the NSW Premier league and having seen some of the Melbourne Heart talent from the Women’s Victorian side at Nationals, I think both teams will prove difficult to break down.

BFS: How is the team progressing so far?

I have been extremely impressed with how the team is progressing. We have been training for just over a month now and the talent pool we have is vast. The commitment to trainings and the intensity at each session is exceptional and I believe will make the difference come the competition.

BFS: Which player should opposing teams look out for in the 2013 Women’s F-League?

Each player of the squad offers something unique and valuable and thus each member will be crucial to the success of the team. We have some great younger talent in our squad and given the rate at which they are improving each week I think opposing teams will definitely have to look out for them in the F-league.

BFS: Thanks for your time and good luck for the 2013 F-League

Thanks!

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hayleyPlayer Interview F-League 2013 – Hayley Buckingham

BFS: Hayley, you have been around for a number of years and played for various clubs and states, how does Boomerangs compare? Are you enjoying your time with the club?

I have now played with Boomerangs for one season and I admire the dedication throughout the club from the players, coaches and even the parents. The passion in this club is remarkable and something you like to see when playing for a club.

BFS: Your experience at this level will be invaluable to the younger Boomerangs, have you been trying impart some of your smarts to the younger players coming through?

I very much like to try and improve the games of the younger players as I play with them, more so on the court by giving direction and advice. I hope that I can help them develop into the best player they can be.

BFS: Speaking of younger players how do you see the current crop of youth players? How will they cope with this level of competition?

This level of competition will be like no other and will be a very big challenge for these players. I think its great that they have been giving this opportunity to see what playing at a high level and intensity of the women’s game can be.

BFS: The F-League is an exciting opportunity for female futsal players, how do you see this league developing your game? And women’s futsal in general?

I think that this is a great step in achieving a national women’s league for futsal in Australia. I hope that this can bring more attention to this great game and put forward the notion for Futsal becoming an Olympic Sport. I havent played at a consistent high level of futsal for a few years, I’m eager to see what the game has to offer at this level and to see how much has changed and if it can improve my game. I think I just need fitness!!!

BFS: What are you most looking forward to with regards to the F-League?

Im looking forward to travelling and seeing what teams from other states have to offer. I also love having a weekend full of futsal!

BFS: Do you know much about the other teams participating? And which team are you most worried about going into the 2013 F-League?

As I am originally a NSW player I have been able to play with and against many of the players that will be participating in the F League, most of the NSW teams will be very strong and very competitive when it comes to the ACT team (considering we won Nationals in January!!). I think all the teams will be a very big challenge which I’m looking forward to.

BFS: How is the team progressing so far?

Our team this year will be quite young and have a lot to learn about futsal but I think we have enough talent across the board to put our mark on the F league.

BFS: Which player should opposing teams look out for in the 2013 Women’s F-League?

I don’t like identifying a certain player to look out for, I think the Women s futsal game has improved so much in the last few years that any player can be a threat!!

BFS: Thanks for your time and good luck for the 2013 F-League

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kimPlayer Interview F-League 2013 – Kim Smith

BFS: Kim, you have been involved in Futsal in the ACT for long time but this is your first season with Boomerangs. How have you found the experience so far?

So far the experience of training with the Boomerangs has been excellent. The club’s dynamic is supportive and professional, and the commitment demonstrated by existing players is inspirational to those coming into the fold. It has certainly lived up to expectation.

BFS: How important is it for futsal to be taken seriously by players and coaches alike both in ACT, and Australia wide?

Very important. ACT Futsal has always been strong in regards to the National Championships, however it’s local competitions pale in comparison to those operating in NSW and Queensland. The lack of official futsal clubs and general infrastructure has led to the sport being largely perceived as a social endeavour, or a summer alternative to soccer. As a result, futsal has struggled to live up to the professionalism of its outdoor counterpart, even at the higher levels.
The recent push towards club infrastructure and involvement of accredited coaches in the ACT Futsal Premier League has certainly been a step in the right direction; Boomerangs FS is an excellent example to its credit.

BFS: The F-League is an exciting opportunity for female futsal players, how do you see this league developing your game? And women’s futsal in general?

The inaugural season of the women’s F-League is the perfect stage to promote futsal to the public, as well as raise the stature of women’s futsal in general. The quality of younger players coming up through the ranks these days is excellent, and I’m sure many have been waiting for a professional platform like this to showcase their talent and passion for the sport.

As a somewhat more experienced player, I feel the opportunities offered by the F-League have come at the perfect time. While my own skills and knowledge of the game are certainly developed, I feel I have just as much to gain and learn as the newer players.

BFS: What are you most looking forward to with regards to the F-League?

The thing that I am most looking forward to in the F-League is the competition. It will be interesting to see how teams change or adapt their style for the second or third rounds, in comparison to their performance in the first. Furthermore, after playing in Futsal National Championships it has often felt like months of build-up concluding in a somewhat brief tournament; I feel the F-League will certainly be a fairer measure of each team’s ability, and will provide greater opportunity for consistent teams to show their worth.

BFS: Do you know much about the other teams participating? And which team are you most worried about going into the 2013 F-League?

I have heard a bit about the other teams in the competition; however this is mainly of the big names being signed. The Sydney Scorpions look to have a solid team, however with the amount of quality players being mentioned across the board I doubt there will be any one powerhouse team to worry about. I look forward to it being a closely contested competition.

BFS: How is the team progressing so far?

The new look Boomerangs team is progressing very well. With a combination of new and old players, as well as a mixture of youth and experience, it is promising to produce an exciting dynamic. The standard being exhibited at training sessions is high, and with healthy competition for game-day spots it is likely to be a very competitive outfit come kick-off.

BFS: Which player should opposing teams look out for in the 2013 Women’s F-League?

There are a few players in the Boomerangs team to look out for, but I think opposing teams will take notice of two particular players: Ashleigh and Brittany Palombi. These sisters have great heads for futsal, refined skills, and pace to burn – plus they exhibit those elusive combinations of play that only come from years and years of practice. I have played against both these girls for many years, so I know firsthand what it is like to be at the opposite end of the court.

BFS: Thanks for your time and good luck for the 2013 F-League.

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