Photos (Top to Bottom): Two of the Vikings under-11 boys' teams at training today; Corey Smith does some coaching; The goalkeeper in action; The goalkeeper saves a shot; The keeper with all the right gear [PlessPix]
Tasmania’s men’s Vikings Futsal team leaves for Sydney tomorrow to contest the Vikings national championships.
Games will be on the 8-10 January.
The Tasmanian Vikings youth Futsal teams leave for Sydney on Monday for the youth national championships.
The men’s team comprises Corey Smith, Jacob Huigsloot, Adam Beard, Nick Harrison (who is living in Melbourne at present), Matt Smith, Isaac Turner, Zane Freiberg and Scott Fenn. The latter two are Australian representatives from Queensland but will guest for Tasmania.
"We’ve recruited quite well, and we got lucky by getting the Australian goalkeeper from Queensland after our own goalkeeper got injured last week,” said Corey Smith.
“We didn’t have a Tasmanian men’s team last year at the national titles, so it’ll be interesting to see how we go.
“Our youth teams have been quite successful in the past few years so we’re hoping we will be again.”
There are 10 youth teams from Tasmania travelling to the national titles - one team in the 10-year-old boys, two teams in the 11-year-old boys, two teams in the 12-year-old boys, one 15-year-old boys’ team (a mixture of 13- and 14-year-old boys), one 12-year-old girls’ team, one 13-year-old girls’ team, one 14-year-old girls’ team and one 15-year-old girls’ team.
The youth teams compete in Sydney from 10-15 January.
The two 11-year-old boys’ teams had a final practice session today at the Montrose Bay High School gymnasium.
The coaches include Kim Norton, Jacob Huigsloot, Corey Smith, Romeo Frediani, Paul Woodham, Eliza Pitt and Vince Hall.
“Judging from past results, our juniors have been quite strong,” said Smith. ‘I would hope that we’ve got a couple of teams that will go fairly close in their age groups.
“Most of our players are from the Hobart region, but we do have a few who are from the North and North-West.
“New South Wales should be very strong and Queensland are usually strong.
“Western Australia doesn’t send a very big contingent, but they are strong.
“There will also be teams from New Zealand.”