Finer skills of futsal a fun learn­ing curve

Townsville Bulletin - - Sport - by Alexis Gill­ham alexis. gill­ham@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

THE arena is smaller than a nor­mal soc­cer field but for newly se­lected Aus­tralian school­girls un­der-14 futsal coach Andrew Grubba, the dif­fer­ence means noth­ing.

In fact, the St Mar­garet Mary’s sports co-or­di­na­tor said the skill of some of the futsal play­ers sur­passed that of some sim­i­larly tal­ented soc­cer play­ers.

‘ ‘ B e c a u s e t h e f i e l d i s smaller the play­ers have got to be all over the ball in t e r ms o f d r i b b l i n g a n d skills,’’ Grubba said.

‘‘ They may not shoot as hard as soc­cer play­ers but t he g a me i s more s ki l l based.’’

Grubba said he had played futsal for four years but had grown up play­ing ju­nior soc­cer in Vic­to­ria.

He has coached the St Mar­garet Mary’s futsal team for the past three years.

‘‘ The ( St Mar­garet Mary’s futsal team) has come third in the na­tional competition for the past two years,’’ Grubba said.

‘‘ Futsal is a grow­ing sport in Aus­tralia.

‘‘ It’s pop­u­lar down in Vict oria and Queens­land i s quickly catch­ing up.

‘‘ It’s huge in Brazil Europe.’’

Grubba was ap­proached to coach the Aus­tralian team af­ter his suc­cess with the St Mar­garet Mary’s team.

One of Grubba’s stu­dents, Amanda LeCornu, was se­lected in the na­tional un­der-14 team he is coach­ing.

It is the first Aus­tralian coach­ing hon­our for Grubba, who has c o a c hed North Queens­land and Queens­land sport­ing teams.

G r u b b a w a s t o h a v e coached the Aus­tralian team at an in­ter­na­tional tour­na­ment in Christchurch this month but the cham­pi­onships have been can­celled fol­low­ing the re­cent earth­quake.

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