Fut­sal team’s Florida chal­lenge

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Football -

JU­NIOR State Fut­sal League club Ar­madale has be­gun prepa­ra­tion for the Fut­sal World Cham­pi­ons in Or­lando in Au­gust in the per­fect fash­ion by claim­ing the state ti­tle.

The boys de­feated Perth Me­tae 3-0 with Conor McCann, Liam Pet­ley and Isaac Hul­bert all con­vert­ing for Ar­madale JSFL.

The club won the right to rep­re­sent the coun­try in the World Fut­sal Cham­pi­onships in Or­lando for the un­der 15 di­vi­sion af­ter they won the Na­tional Fut­sal Cham­pi­onships in Mel­bourne this year.

The side will now be­gin their fi­nal train­ing ses­sions be­fore they head over to Or­lando early next month to com­pete in the World Cham­pi­onships, which be­gins on Au­gust 8.

Team man­ager Glen Pen­man said the side had re­ally come along this year.

“Over the last six to eight months they have all got their act to­gether,” he said.

“They are now go­ing to have quite a few ses­sions each week and will play other fut­sal sides.

The side had been train­ing six days a week in prepa­ra­tion for the World Cham­pi­onships at the WA State Fut­sal Cen­tre.

Pen­man said he was ex­cited with the way the side had been play­ing.

“I think ever since they have been told that they won the right to go to Florida they have been pretty ex­cited,” Pen­man said.

“I think they have a lot of de­ter­mi­na­tion and that shone in Mel­bourne.”

Ar­madale JSFL player Jor­dan O’Don­nell said he was con­fi­dent his side would per­form over­seas.

“We must play the way we should in Amer­ica, which is at a high stan­dard,” he said.

“If we keep to that same struc­ture and stay fo­cused I think we will be fine.”

The team is still fundrais­ing for the tour over­seas and needs to raise about $5000.

If any­one would like to do­nate, go to www.face­book.com/pages/WAFut­sal-U15s-USA/467149460129287?fref=nf to do­nate.

Pic­ture: Fran­cis Curro

Thomas Pen­man trains for the World Cham­pi­onship at the WA State Fut­sal Cen­tre.

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