Masters games a blast
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.’’
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Stand out: Wakatipu High School student Callum Burns has been named in the Ice Blacks to play in Spain.