Five teams through to Australasian Futsal championships

Northern NSW Champion Team - 16 years girls
Front row - Ashley Sticker, Willow Neal, Willow Berry, Mia Craggs
Back Row - Lauren Rigney, Brynne Couper, Shelby Osland, Emily Ruming, Sophie Boyd
Northern NSW Champion Team - 16 years girls Front row - Ashley Sticker, Willow Neal, Willow Berry, Mia Craggs Back Row - Lauren Rigney, Brynne Couper, Shelby Osland, Emily Ruming, Sophie Boyd

Bellingen High has five teams heading to the Australasian Futsal Championships in November at the Gold Coast.

Two are champion teams – the 16 and 19s girls, while three are runners-up – the 14 girls and 13 and 14s boys. 

Six teams from Bellingen HS attended the Northern NSW Futsal Titles held in Port Macquarie from August 7 – 10. To qualify for these championships teams had to finish in top two at the Coffs Coast Titles held in May.

First cab off the rank, on Monday were the two boys teams – the 13s and 14s boys. Both were both faced with a large number of Prelim games prior to semi finals and finals.  The U14 boys had to play six games in a jam-packed set of fixtures, facing 2 other teams that had previously made it to the Australasian finals. Despite this they persevered reaching the 2nd v 3rd semi final and were victorious with a goal in golden goal extra time.  The arduous schedule had taken a toll on the team with one player suffering from illness and two others carrying niggling injuries.  This meant that they played the final against St Columba with only five fully fit players, despite this they put in a valiant effort going down 4-1.  The U13 boys were on a steep learning curve needing to come in the top two  teams in their competition to reach the final.  It was a pleasure to watch their teamwork and general game play develop throughout the tournament.  The team reached the final facing BDC and sadly going down 3-1.

On the Tuesday three girls teams were involved – two 16 years girls teams and the 14 years girls team.

It is an unusual situation having two teams qualify in the one division, however, such is the depth of talent at BHS.  The 16 Yellow team played consistently well however, failed to make the semis. The 16 Blue team were undefeated all day scoring 14 goals for and four against in their four preliminary games. This put them in to the semi final against Woodenbong, which they won convincingly 3-0. The final against St Columba was a torrid affair with the Bello girls finishing on top 4-2.

The 14 years girls had a massive six preliminary games in which they amassed an incredible 24 goals for and 12 against putting them in 2nd position. They had to play Camden Haven HS in the semi of 2nd vs 3rd and smashed them 6-1 to put them in the final against the only team that had beaten them all day, Oxley HS from Tamworth. The final was a tight affair with the score locked at 2-2 for most of the second half until tired legs took their toll and Oxley came away with the win 3-2. Definitely a young team to watch!

Sophie Boyd on the ball against Camden Haven

Sophie Boyd on the ball against Camden Haven

On Thursday the 19 years girls team had their turn to travel to Port Macquarie. They had four preliminary games, which they completed undefeated scoring 12 goals for and only 3 against. This put them in to the final against BDC who had proved to be tough opposition in the preliminary round. It was a hard fought game however the Bellingen girls were up to it winning 3-1.