While Honiara is developing its young Futsal players, there are other youngsters who are continues to shine abroad.
Joseph Onika Junior is one of the few young Solomon Islanders who is flying the Solomon Islands flag in an Australian Futsal league.
Young Onika is the team captain for the Joma All Stars U14 Boys who had their first hit out against the Victoria U14 boys on Saturday in what was a hard fought competitive match.
The All Stars were selected from the U14 Joma Sala League and it is envisage that the squad will compete in future Tournaments.
The Vics got off to a slow start with All Stars Captain, Joseph Onika, quick to pounce opening the scoring early on.
He quickly followed that up with another goal after one of his dazzling runs to score the second goal making it 2-0 in quick time.
The Vics started to find their rhythm mid way through the first half and through some fine decisive runs and good passing, they opened up the Stars’ defence for Jackson Shaw to get his team off the mark for a fine goal.
However, the momentum was still with the Stars’ and Flanker Dimitri Alisandratos slotted home for the Stars’ third to make it 3-1 to the All Stars at the break.
The second half was a different story, the Vics were more fluid with their inter play, while the Stars’ were disjointed and starting to tire after their high intensity first half effort.
The first goal in the second half came from the Vics, as did the second to make it 3-3.
There was a glimmer of hope when Onika scored his third for his hatrick, but it was soon snuffed out by the Vics who scored the last goal, to make it 5-4 at the final whistle.
Chris Muelu, coach of the Vics said it was a great game and they are looking forward to the second match of the series on December 14.
Coach of the All Stars, Mark Georgeson, agreed with Muelu about the game and added that the All Stars did very well considering they only had one training session together and this was their first game.
Having players abroad is one advantage for Solomon Islands future in Futsal.
Junior Onika of Paramartyr Kings has been selected after featuring in the Solomon Islands team in Australia, to play and study in Melbourne.
Solomon Islands has been the Oceania champions for the past five years and having its players play abroad at such young age is seen as a huge advantage in the development of the sport.