Mas­ters games a blast

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Queen­stown’s fut­sal teams dom­i­nated the com­pe­ti­tion at the New Zealand Mas­ters Games in Dunedin at the weekend. The South Amer­i­can-heavy men’s team took the gold medal for the in­door foot­ball vari­a­tion game de­spite strong com­pe­ti­tion from four other teams and hav­ing not had a sin­gle prac­tise to­gether. Dan­niel Bo­ca­tios said the six Brazil­ians and one Ar­gen­tinian who made up the Queen­stown Fal­cons were friends from Queen­stown, al­though some now lived in other places. They put on a pas­sion­ate dis­play to the de­light of the crowd. ‘‘We don’t re­ally talk to each other – we fight to each other. ‘‘We are very loud.’’ Bo­ca­tios, a for­mer foot­ball pro­fes­sional in Brazil and now a per­sonal trainer at Alpine Health and Fit­ness, is also coach of the Queen­stown women’s team which split into two teams for the Mas­ters Games and claimed the gold and sil­ver medals. The win­ning team in­cludes his fi­ancee Ma­men Romero Beren­gena and Alexa Forbes who was given a spe­cial award, be­ing the old­est fut­sal par­tic­i­pant, male or fe­male. Other lo­cals who did well at the games in­clude Cromwell woman who, com­pet­ing in the 55-59-year di­vi­sion won gold in the 800 me­tres and 1500m runs and sil­ver in the 100m, 200m and 400m sprints. Clyde man com­pet­ing in the 65-69 year age group, won the shot put, dis­cus throw, javelin throw and ham­mer throw. There was also lo­cal suc­cess in the with

teams win­ning the women’s over-40 age group and third in the over35s. An team won the women’s over-35s. The QTs, of Queen­stown, were fourth in the over-35s. Queen­stown man

col­lected bronze medals in the 45-50 age group for the 3km ocean swim and another bronze in the 40-50 triathlon while com­peted in the 45-54 age group in the track cy­cling, win­ning bronze medals in the 500m time tri­als and sprints. The Queen­stown men’s

team missed out on a medal, notch­ing up a fourth place, player Dan Gra­ham said. ‘‘We were slightly dis­ad­van­taged as none of us had been play­ing since we closed the rink in Oc­to­ber.’’

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Medal pair: Mas­ters Games gold medal win­ning fut­sal player Dan­niel Bo­ca­tios who also coached the Queen­stown Women’s teams, which in­cluded fi­ancee Ma­men Romero Beren­gena, to gold and sil­ver places. How did you go at the Mas­ters Games? Let us know at mir­ror@stl.co.nz

Stand out: Wakatipu High School stu­dent Cal­lum Burns has been named in the Ice Blacks to play in Spain.

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