Keeper tack­les over­seas mis­sion with en­thu­si­asm

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

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.

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