Jayden Bordin was flying the Blue flag high as the region’s futsal aces enjoyed some fast and furious action.
The 14-year-old was among the players taking part in a packed two days of competition at the Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre.
Day one saw FNC players go head-to-head with North Coast counterparts, while Sunday’s second day featured a highly competitive State Of Origin-style clash against Queensland players.
Lennox Head’s Jayden, who has been playing the indoor soccer sport for six years, said he had been motivated to show his Sunshine State rivals a thing or two.
“I was very keen to beat them,” he said. “I think I was extra determined (to do well).
“I play football and futsal really helps develop my skills. It helps me with my control, shooting, dribbling and passing. It’s just really enjoyable.”
Ballina’s Alex Kruse said he enjoyed the high-octane nature of the sport, which sees five-a-side teams battle it out on an indoor court.
“I like the fast pace of futsal,” he said.
“You get the ball a lot more (than in 11-a-side football).
“I like being involved in the game more and having shots on goal.”
Ocean Shores representative Oscar Soper said he enjoyed the chance to show his skills in the sport, which is rapidly growing in the region and across Australia.
“It is a smaller court, so you get more time on the ball,” he said.
“It’s very fast and very enjoyable.”
The event, which was organised by FNC NSW Futsal and ran over the weekend, also saw the younger players enjoy coaching and other playing opportunities.