SAINT Columba Anglican School will hope Australian trio Josh Blue, Will Bentley and Chris Coorey can lead the way in Brisbane this weekend.
The school’s under-15 futsal team progressed to the Australasian Futsal Championships despite falling at the final hurdle to St Clare’s High School, Taree earlier in the year.
Blue, Bentley and Coorey are better players now than they were on that occasion after they then represented their country in Brazil.
“We had some good training over there and learnt a few things,” Blue said.
“We want to go to win and we have a strong team; it’s going to be tough, but I think our team is good enough to go all the way.”
They have now set their sights on at least a quarter-final berth on Saturday, but Blue knows it will be a challenge.
“There are going to be some strong teams up there; teams from all over New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland,” he said.
Coach Tony Judge believes his side are talented enough to make a statement.
“Our target is to make it out of the group stage and then anything can happen from there,” he said.
One of the first teams SCAS will play will be St Clare’s High School, Taree who have proven to be a thorn in their side in recent times.
“We’ve played them all the way through the competition and we’ve got them again in the group stage,” Judge said.
“They beat us in the Northern New South Wales final in the middle of the year, so we’ll look to get one back on them.
We want to go to win and we have a strong team; it’s going to be tough, but I think our team is good enough to go all the way.SCAS under-15 futsal vice-captain Josh Blue
“It’s always been a close competition between the two of us and we’ve improved since that final.”
Judge will look to captain Bentley and Blue to provide the key to progressing deep into the tournament.
“Will is a talented player and we’ll look to him to provide the composure for us and leadership,” he said/
“Josh is another player who is a natural leader and will be another key for us.
“The boys have worked hard and hopefully they can get the results up there to reflect how hard they’ve trained.”
The SCAS coach said it was important for his team to play their individual roles.
It’s always been a close competition between the two of us and we’ve improved since that final.SCAS under-15 futsal coach Tony Judge
“In futsal it can become difficult to keep your structure if you have one player who goes away from it,” he said.
“A few of the boys have represented AFA and have had some good experience at that level so hopefully we can benefit from that.”