Prossie futsal teams kicks goals at NQ titles
PROSERPINE State High School’s futsal team turned heads last month when it ranked second in all of North Queensland.
The talented group took to Mackay for the North Queensland Champions Tournament on July 31, taking on teams from Rockhampton to Cairns to qualify for the Australian School Titles later this year.
Consisting of Mackenzie Ross, Owen Hodgen, Bryce Selman, Mitchell Clarke, Byron Thompson, Lathan Dunn, James McCall, Bill Bunset and Hayden Filby, the team played three pool matches.
Despite having the better of the first match, Proserpine High was unlucky to share the spoils. The team would win the next two matches convincingly, producing strong performances.
Sticking to the game plan set by teacher Ben Smith, the Proserpine team was well set for the semi-final against a strong St Patrick’s (Mackay) outfit.
The boys would win 1-0, advancing to the grand final against Panna Patrol.
Determined to put the Whitsundays on the futsal map, Proserpine High started in frantic fashion in the decid- er, dominating possession.
Despite evidently controlling the game, the boys couldn’t convert their dominance into scoreboard pressure.
Panna Patrol notched a fortunate goal from a lucky deflection, enabling them a 1-0 lead at the break.
The second half painted a similar picture, and frustratingly Proserpine High couldn’t grasp its opportunities, falling 1-0.
Although it wasn’t the dream result, the team must be applauded, for it is the first time the school has qualified for the national titles, which will be held on the Gold Coast in November.
Bryce Selman was named the Most Valuable Player in a team littered with contributors. Coach and Proserpine State High School physical education teacher Ben Smith applauded the boys for their demeanour on and off the field. “The attitude and sportsmanship of the team was exemplary,” he said.
SECOND IN NORTH QUEENSLAND: (From back) Mackenzie Ross, Owen Hodgen, Bryce Selman, Mitchell Clarke, Byron Thompson, (front) Lathan Dunn, James McCall and Bill Bunset were part of the Proserpine State High School's futsal team who has qualified for the national titles in November. Hayden Filby is absent.