Somerset Spartans participated in the Queensland Schools Futsal Cup during the holidays. Our Under 14 Girls, Under 14 Boys and Under 16 Boys participated in this two day event. Please read below a short recap from our Spartans and learn how our Under 14 girls became Runners Up!

With a training day on day one of school holidays, the teams prepared themselves fort a two-day tournament. The coaches focussed on the formation, tactics and set plays in the training sessions. On the first day of the tournament each team played five matches. By day two all teams were graded for the Cup, Shield and Plate pools.

Under 14 Girls 

The Girls showed their skills on the first day, winning all their matches. Following a strong performance, the second day continued into the Cup Pool. The parents saw the team make the Grand Final against a very strong Kawana High School in what was high quality final. After going two goals down early, the girls showed their Spartan spirit answering back with two goals of their own. Neither team gave up, making it a 2-all draw at full time before the dreaded penalty shootout. Unfortunately, it wasn't our day. 

The Under 14 Girls finished an impressive runners-up. What a great achievement to become second place form the 24 schools who competed! Congratulations girls on a fantastic performance: Ari Thake, Georgie Zerbst, Zara Ryan, Livi Budd, Arya Denzongpa-Bathols, Natalia Zotti and Sarah Nickels. Thank you to our Coach Nigel for coaching the Under 14 Girls.

Under 14 Boys

The Under 14 boys entered the tournament eager-eyed and optimistic, coming up against Bayside College in the tournament's opening fixture. Despite conceding an early goal, the boys quickly bounced back through a well-executed counter-attacking play between Jacob and Bailey. Despite coming agonisingly close to a match-winner, the opening game concluded in a one-all draw. Games 2, 3 and 4 were hard-fought losses at the hands of Ripley College, Assisi Catholic College, and Kawana Waters SHS. Assisi and Kawana went on to play in the tournament final. It was against quality oppositions that the boys stepped up, playing some of their best futsal. Brilliant defensive efforts came from Casper, Nicholas and Kenshin who ensured the Spartans remained competitive to the very end.

Day two of the competition was do-or-die, with the 14 boys entering the knockout stage. Despite moments of individual brilliance and some exciting build up play between Nash and Zach, the boys fell just short of a semi-final appearance. The team's last game was an exciting fixture between Somerset and Fortitude Valley with the Spartans giving their all to round off the tournament with an emphatic 6 to 2 win. Goals to Stephen, among others, rewarded his perseverance and persistence throughout the competition.

The tournament proved to be a valuable learning experience for The Under 14 Boys, and one that coach Kydra Walden was immensely proud to be a part of. The boys displayed tenacity when faced with adversity and created a positive team culture for years to come. A big thankyou to all the students who took time out of their holidays to represent the college. Bailey Pourre, Kenshin Tateno, Stephen Omenka, Jacob Moir, Zach Moir, Nash Kennedy, Nicholas Klaassen, and Caspar Crampton. Thank you to Coach Kydra for coaching the Under 14 Boys.

Under 16 Boys

The QSF futsal tournament was a great experience for the Somerset Under 16 Boys. Every game they played was competitive. Credit to the boys, as all their games were close which created a fantastic opportunity for them to compete. Michael Klaassen, Hayden Goldsmith, Phoenix Crampton, Rylan Kennedy, Charlie Razack and Leo Razack fell short of making the Plate semi-final on penalties. The team enjoyed the well organised tournament, and it was a challenge to play so many different schools in which we don’t play in the Gold Coast. Overall, the tournament was a success. Thank you to Coach Jonathon for coaching the Under 16 Boys.

Thank you to parents, students and coaches for this season. We hope to have you all back next season!

For any questions about Football and Futsal, please contact our Head of Football and Futsal Maarten De Kruijf.

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