Keeper tackles overseas mission with enthusiasm
Goal-keeper Bryce Selman has returned from his stint with the Australian youth men’s futsal team in Taipei better for the experience.
The Proserpine State High School student played 10 games at the competition last month and enjoyed testing himself against high-quality opponents.
“Our team was a bunch of skilful players. They were really impressive,” he said.
“Considering six (players) were from the same team was good ‘cause they gelled well and we mixed in with them.
“Personally I think I went alright. I thought nerves would get me but I think I performed well.”
Bryce’s team only lost one game, which was against the powerful Taiwan national team.
“They didn’t even talk to each other, they just read each other’s minds,” Bryce said, noting the team’s stunning cohesion in the 9-1 loss.
“It was an awesome experience. I’d love to do it again.
“We trained with Mr Chang. He runs futsal throughout China and Taiwan so training with him was a good experience. It was so disciplined. They didn’t focus much on goalkeeping but I learnt a lot of things that I can bring back and use with my school futsal team.”
Bryce’s highlight of the trip was playing a Taiwanese indigenous school team.
The two teams traded playing shirts then had dinner together.