Brunel take heart from European adventure
THEY may have come up against some stiff competition and learned some harsh lessons, but Brunel University’s futsal team had a ball at the European University Championships.
Brunel were selected as the sole GB representative for the tournament following a successful season which saw them become BUCS Premier League Champions, Championship Cup Final runners up, and shortlisted for the BUCS Team of the Year award.
The team got off to a flying start by beating Technion IT of Israel in their first match last Sunday to top their group early on, but from then on it was all downhill.
Defeats to University of Lyon (24), Armenian State University (1-6) and Ukraine’s Sumy State (1-10) ended their hopes, and to rub salt into the wound, they lost their final game to Irish side Waterford 3-1 on penalties after a dramatic 6-6 draw.
However, a good time was had regardless, and the team still has a bright future, according to Brunel futsal player and financial maths student, Omar Mohamed.
He said: “Our hard work on the pitch has not gone unnoticed, as three of our players have been called up to the England development squad, while scouts are closely monitoring the progression of another two players. Much of this is down to the ethos at the club, where we have an objective of having at least one player breaking into the England set up each year.” HAREFIELD U15s are looking for good quality players for their forthcoming South Bucks Division campaign.
Last season, as the Hares’ U14s, the team won no less than six trophies, including a league and cup double, and also landed a fair play award. Anyone interested must be in school year 10, and can contact Barry Gooden on 07786 076606.
n UNBOWED: Brunel enjoyed their tournament despite defeats