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November 15, 2017

by Debbie Ovens

We have just two Thursday nights left this season before the Kingaroy High School closes it sports auditorium for the holidays.

This Thursday is the Kingaroy High School’s Year 12 formal so we will be down numbers. The senior games will start at 6:00pm instead of 6:15pm.

  • 6:00pm – Nigel’s Team v Joe’s Team
  • 6:45pm – Jason’s Team v Nanango
  • 7:30pm – Any new players wanting a run

Cost is $5 per player

All other teams are on a bye due to the Year 12 formal.

Next Thursday TBA

We will start a senior Futsal competition starting in 2018 as soon as school returns.

Junior Futsal

Due to this Thursday being the Kingaroy High School Year 12 formal, there will be a session from 4:45pm to 6:00pm. Cost is $5 per player.

A reminder that the Queensland Country Club National Futsal Training is on this Sunday at Maryborough High School.

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Atletico Brisbane ... coming to Kingaroy!

Atletico Brisbane men’s and women’s teams will be travelling to Kingaroy to play in a South Burnett Challenge on Saturday, November 25, at the Kingaroy State High School sports auditorium.

Play will start at noon and they will be playing against teams from the South Burnett.

There’ll be more news coming on this huge futsal event!

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Back row, from left, Matt Steggles (coach), Reuben Vandenberg-Dodt (manager), Zachariah Strauss, Alex Firman, Jose Villavicencio, Lars Gottschalk and Faisal Kilani; front row, Nick Baker, Sam Blake and Adric Armstrong-Smith

Congratulations to past Kingaroy Futsal Players Reuben Vandenberg-Dodt, Zachariah Strauss, Alex Firman who played in the recent Australian University Futsal event on the Gold Coast

Report by Reuben Vandenberg-Dodt:

Every year Australian Uni Sport organises a competition for all universities across Australia to participate in a week of various sporting competitions ranging from cheerleading to futsal.

I was fortunate enough to organise UQ’s Futsal team this year. Prior to this year UQ had never entered a futsal team, meaning we would have to qualify at the Northern Unigames which was held in July in Yeppoon.

After an undefeated run to the Grand Final, we fell short and lost 2-0 to University of Sunshine Coast. However, second place qualified us for the national competition which was held in the last week of September this year in the Gold Coast.

The UQ squad consists of players from all over the world including Australia, Germany and Ecuador. All of the boys study at the University of Queensland as per the guidelines from Australian Uni Sport.

The team included of three previous players from the South Burnett futsal program: Alex Firman (GK), Zachariah Strauss and Reuben Vandenberg-Dodt.

Day 1 of the  competition started off difficultly with a poor performance from the team and a 6-1 loss at the hands of University of Technology Sydney.

Game 2 later in the day was expected to be difficult coming up against the 3rd place from 2016 Australian Catholic University. Fortunately the boys played outstandingly, and came away with a 9-4 win.

Game 3 was a hard-fought match which saw UQ come away with a narrow 4-3 win over the University of Notre Dame.

Day 2 started with a difficult match against the previous year’s winners, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. After a hard- fought match another narrow loss was suffered with UQ going down 4-2.

The second game of Day 2 was a hard-fought comeback. UQ went down 4-0 in the first half and fought back with some solid defence in the second half to take the draw at 4-4 .

Day 3 began with a game against Macquarie, a must win match for UQ. We managed to turn up the heat and get a 7-4 win over the boys from Macquarie.

Game 2 of day 3 was a tough match up against the undefeated team of the competition so far, University of Melbourne. After some battle scars and one red card for Uni Melbourne, we narrowly came away with the first defeat for them with a 5-3 win.

Game 3, and the final game of the group stages, was against Swinburne University of Technology, a must-win game for UQ. And for us to finish in third place in our pool required a goal difference of +35 from this game. After 40 minutes of futsal in the midday heat, we managed to pull off a 36-1 win over Swinburne. This scoreline put us third place in the pool and playing off against Adelaide University the next day for a place in the semi-finals.

Day 4. The boys were ready to play against UA for a place in the semis, and after a standout performance from the UQ team, the boys came away with a 7-6 win. The win placed us into the semi-final against the team we played first on Day 1, UTS.

This semi was the hardest game played by the UQ team, and unfortunately a narrow 4-3 loss sent us into the third place playoff against the team that ended our unbeaten streak at Northern Unigames University of Sunshine Coast.

With two injured players from the day before we were short in numbers for the game but with some quality play from the boys remaining, we came away with a deserved victory 7-6. This put Team UQ in third place overall in the competition out of a total of 17 universities.


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