Prossie futsal teams kicks goals at NQ ti­tles

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

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.

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