Futsal fever for Granite Belt players
STANTHORPE footballers have embarked on a big adventure at the National School Futsal Championships in Brisbane.
Stanthorpe mother Madalene Biddulph said her son, Matthew, was playing in the under-13s boys side for the South-West Queensland team.
She said the school-based program saw players vie for a position in the regional teams through events in their schools.
"He trialled through school and then was chosen through that,” she said.
She said Matthew was competing Monday to Wednesday, before the semi-finals and finals, which are due to take place today.
A big fan of his regular football, Biddulph said Matthew has been transferring his skills well to futsal's indoor scene.
"He loves outdoor soccer,” she said. "This is possibly one of the first times he's actually had a go at futsal.”
She said he has also tried his hand - or foot - at futsal during the YMCA's last season.
While it's a daunting competition, Biddulph said her son had been enjoying the experience.
While there is some tough competition there, she said he was embracing the opportunity to play on that level. "He's excited,” she said. "He was a bit nervous before they started.
"The competition's pretty hard, some of the teams are a bit bigger, but it's all good experience.”
Buddulph said she and her daughter Alannah, 16, went with Matthew to support him during the competition in Brisbane.
Nicole O'Malley-Jones said her daughter Lilly Earl-Jones was at the championships, in Oxley, along with fellow St Josephs students Hannah Debman, Amelia McMinniman and Brody Pearce.
"We're just proud and the girls are doing us proud as an area,” O'Malley-Jones said. She said Lilly's Queensland Country West team had players from as far as Cairns, and 900km west of Toowoomba.
It's understood a number of other players, also from St Jospeh's School, were also competing.
The competition is due to wrap up today.