Brunel take heart from Euro­pean ad­ven­ture


Harefield Gazette - - SPORT -

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

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