Futsal a full-time ob­ses­sion for pair

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

WHILE their friends muck about on the Ros­alie Pri­mary School oval at lunchtime, Rama El­liott (12) and Harry Alexan­der (11) are in train­ing to play futsal for Aus­tralia.

The boys were re­cently se­lected for the In­ter­na­tional Futsal Cham­pi­onships in May 2016.

“If we don’t have any­thing else to do then we just prac­tise futsal to­gether,” Rama said.

“The dif­fer­ence with soc­cer is that, in futsal, there’s only five play­ers in­clud­ing one goalie and the court is smaller.

“Also, the ball is really hard, not bouncy. It is dif­fi­cult to kick it hard, so you need to get more strength. I really want to play pro­fes­sion­ally if I can.”

Rama will travel to Spain for the train­ing camp and tour­na­ment, while Harry will train and com­pete in Malaysia.

Al­though they wanted to stick to­gether, Harry said it was go­ing to be a good chal­lenge go­ing out on their own.

“We haven’t trained with ei­ther of our teams be­fore, so when I get to Malaysia, it will be the first time meet­ing them,” he said.

“I’m a bit ner­vous just if we screw up, but also ex­cited.

“I would really like to use it in a ca­reer, it is quite fun and I’ve had a lot of good in­put from it.”

Al­though his proud fam­ily is look­ing for­ward to watch­ing him play in Malaysia, Harry said his dad had re­cently banned him from practising in the house.

“My mum doesn’t like me play­ing in­side with the ball, it sort of gets on her nerves,” he said.

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