Fam­ily fut­sal skills go in­ter­na­tional

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT -

SOUTH Perth Pumas mother-daugh­ter pair Jes­sica and Felic­ity Lindquist share the field and the fut­sal court, but now they are also shar­ing na­tional team se­lec­tion.

Jes­sica won a call-up to the na­tional team head­ing over to Spain to com­pete in the AMF Fustal Women’s World Cup in May, while Felic­ity will be part of the Un­der 15s fut­sal side tour­ing Brazil in Novem­ber.

The pair play to­gether for the Pumas in the West Coast Fut­sal Su­per Liga and are part of Beck­en­ham An­gels’ Sun­day Premier League squad in the out­door league.

Jes­sica said she was grate­ful to play along­side her daugh­ter, de­spite it pre­sent­ing a few chal­lenges.

“I’m re­ally proud to have the op­por­tu­nity to play with her; it’s prob­a­bly some­thing that doesn’t hap­pen too of­ten and should hap­pen more,” she said.

“Be­cause you’re quite of­ten in­struct­ing them what to do, it comes across as a mum voice, rather than a team­mate or coach voice, but the ben­e­fits far out­weigh the neg­a­tives.”

She said fut­sal skills eas­ily trans­lated to the out­door game.

“It teaches com­po­sure on the ball un­der very close con­tact and close pres­sure and out­doors, when the op­po­si­tion gets close, peo­ple want to give the ball away rather than keep­ing hold of it and do­ing some­thing pro­duc­tive.

“Ney­mar, Messi, Ron­aldo, they all credit fut­sal for their ca­reers.”

Felic­ity said she was ec­static when she found she had been se­lected to tour Brazil.

“I was pretty pumped; my friend also got se­lected so I called her and we were pretty much scream­ing at each other down the phone,” she said.

She cred­ited fut­sal with ev­ery as­pect of her game.

“I wasn’t the best out­door player but I started fut­sal and be­cause it’s so fast, you’ve got to be a lot quicker with your dif­fer­ent move­ments, which trans­lates into out­door and speeds ev­ery­thing up more,” she said.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d467979

On the ball: Jess Lindquist with her daugh­ter Felic­ity (15) have both been cho­sen for overseas tours.

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