Melbourne club Pascoe Vale wrapped up the title with a gritty 1-0 win over Japanese team Forca FC in an intense final at Redlynch Central Sports Stadium yesterday.
The Melbourne club picked up the $10,000 first-place prize, while third-place finishers Vic Vipers and fourth-placed South Brisbane also went home with a share of the prize money.
Tournament organiser Tony Cifuentes said the Cairns Futsal International Challenge was a success on and off the court.
“We probably had about 1000 people down here to watch the final, which is the best crowd in our four years,” he said.
“And it was a very entertaining match. High-quality, evenly matched.”
It was a disappointing tournament however for hometown Cairns United, who managed only a draw from five matches.
United opened the tournament with a 7-1 loss to eventual finalists Forca followed by a 8-1 loss to champions Pascoe Vale.
In the second day the home team rebounded with a draw 5-5 against Argentina’s Caseros before falling 3-8 to South Brisbane and closing the tournament with a 10-1 loss to Taiwanese team Taipei FC.
“It was a very young team,” Cifuentes said.
“A lot of our senior players couldn’t make it because of work commitments and that sort of thing, but we’ve already started thinking about what we can do next year.
“We’ll start training a little earlier, getting prepared.
“We want a team that can at least make it into the quarter-finals or the semi-finals.”