Meet the Toobeah Dynamo, Clarece Strudwick (QLD)


Meet the Toobeah Dynamo.

Clarece Strudwick began school as a boarder at Downlands and played Futsal in the U14A Futsal team during the first term of school.

This team played in the local competition winning the Grand Final in March.

At the Grand Final ceremony, she was awarded the Golden Boot.

Clarece was then selected in the South West Queensland School’s Futsal Team to play in the Nationals at Penrith, Sydney in September this year.

She travelled with the team where they played well against other States but, but the toughest competitors were Queensland Metro.

Scoring the majority of the goals, and setting up many more drew the attention of the Australian selectors, opposition coaches and players.

She was awarded for her efforts by being named as one of the only five Australian All Stars Players.

She was also selected to tour and play Futsal in the UK for Australia along with 15 other girls in April, 2014.

Because of the teams’ success in Sydney, the Manager has nominated them again to play in the National Club Futsal competition.

This competition will take place in January, 2014, once again in Sydney.  Downlands noted her achievements and awarded her Junior Futsal Player of 2013.

Besides Futsal, Clarece was also heavily involved with soccer and captained South West Queensland Thunder NPL U13 team.

Although the team struggled against Brisbane teams, she was again noticed by Queensland Selectors and also by the Queensland Technical Director for her skill level and was asked to attend training sessions in Brisbane.

The final selection process for the U13 Girls Queensland Team involved Selectors travelling up north to select a squad of girls to also attend training sessions in Brisbane.

The final squad of 16 contained two goalies.  Clarece was selected in the final team where they then travelled to Coffs Harbour for the FFA National Youth Championships in July.

The Queensland girls performed well, the highlight of the competition being games against NSW Metro and NSW Northern.

Although, Queensland lost against NSW Metro, who were the eventual winners of the competition, they were the only ones to score against them.

The games are notoriously played at the State of Origin Level and this year it lived up to all expectations, drawing a huge crowd of spectators from all States.

To finish off the year, Clarece attended SWQ Thunder presentations, where she was awarded for making the Queensland Team and chosen as U13 Girls Players, Player.  Clarece was then named the Female Golden Boot recipient.  She won this from all the female age groups which included U13, U14, U15, and U18. As we said last week, remember where you heard her name first.

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