World game heads indoors and Tweed kids love it
THE increasingly popular sport of Futsal (indoor soccer) has really taken hold at Banora Point High School, with three Year 8 students named in the Far North Coast squad to play in regional selection trials at Coffs Harbour today.
The students, Matt Morton, Jessie Skelly and Mikaila Hansen-Lee-Leong, playing in the boys' and girls' under-14 sides, are vying for selection in the North Coast side which will then head to Sydney for the overall state selection trials.
The FNC squad consists of just 10, so to have two Banora Point High players in the same side is a real achievement, especially considering the sport has only been played at the school for two years.
In addition, Year 8 student Daniel Sutherland was selected as a shadow players for the squad, but will not travel to Coffs Harbour today for the trials.
Banora Point High sports co-ordinator and Futsal coach Jessica Pettit said the sport had really caught on at the school and was ideal because it could be played in the school hall in all weathers.
"In Futsal, there are only five on the field and there are no throw-ins or off-sides," Pettit said, explaining some of the differences between Futsal and soccer as it is generally known. "The game is very fast with not many stoppages. If the ball does go out, it is kicked back into play."
Pettit said today would be a very long day for the students, who would travel to Coffs Harbour, play and then return home.
It will be particularly taxing on Morton, selected as goalkeeper, who must return to Coffs Harbour on Friday for an athletics carnival.