F our Futsal team from Henry Kendall High School all had great success throughout May. On May 11, the Under 14’s and Under 19’s Girls’ Futsal teams participated in the Northern NSW Regional Futsal Championships at Niagara Park.
The Under 14’s consisted of, Casey Weinert, Sarah Windust, Megan Blair, Thalia Ryan, Zoe Delaney, Emily Duruz, Anneka Argent, and Goalie, Joanna Hamilton. “The girls played three rounds against Lisarow, Tumbi Umbi and Berkeley Vale, winning two of their three games,” said Henry Kendall’s girls’ Futsal coach, Ms Larissa Gunderson. “This sent us through to the semi-finals, where we were up against Lisarow. “With some very quick and skilful moves from our forwards, we came away with a 5-3, win which took us into the grand final against Berkeley Vale. “The girls came out strong scoring three goals before halftime, with Berkeley Vale still on 0. “Our defensive line played hard, and our 1st time goalie was amazing, but unfortunately, Berkeley Vale were unstoppable in the second half, and ended up winning 6-4.
“The girls qualified to move on to the Northern NSW State Championships at the end of June,” Ms Gunderson said. The Under 19’s consisted of, Alex Sidiropolous, Keeligh Day, Paris Blair, Holly Miller, Sally Toohey, Hannah Casey, Chloe Mathews, and Goalie, Charlie Fuller. The girls also played three rounds against MacKillop College, Lisarow and North Lakes, winning two games, which sent them through to the semi-finals against Lisarow. “The girls played a great game, coached by Mr Newman, who came to watch and was roped into coaching due to the junior team clashing with the senior team semi-final. “The great coaching paid off, and straight into the finals they went,” said Ms Gunderson. “The girls played a tough game against MacKillop. “Unfortunately, our amazing goalie, Chloe Fuller, come off with an injury and we went down 6-1. “Well done to all the girls, they qualified to move onto the Northern NSW State Championships. The Henry Kendall Open Boys Futsal team won the Regional Futsal Championships.
“The boys played outstandingly in their first game against a highly physical North Lakes team,” said coach, Mr Kent Silver. “The second game was against Lisarow, and whilst we totally dominated the game in all areas, their goalkeeper proved hard to beat. “We were down 1-2 with four minutes to go. “Jordan Lennon managed to get two goals in three minutes to give our team victory and send us to the semi-finals. “We played Kincumber and won the semi easily. “In the final, we were down 0-1 in the first five minutes against St Philips, then came back to win 5-1.
“The boys now go to the State Championship at the end of June,” Mr Silver said. The Under 14’s Boys team also competed in the Regional Championship. Their first game was against a highly skilled and disciplined MacKillop College. “MacKillop scored many goals in the first half, however, our boys improved in the second half and only conceded one goal,” said Mr Silver. “Matthew Blakemore had a particularly outstanding game in defence.
“Next we had a very close game against Lisarow, we were leading for most of the game and dominated play, however, we went down by one goal right near the end. “Finally, the boys played St Edwards, and whilst our team conceded four goals in the first half, they again found their best form in the second half and conceded only one more goal and scored two of their own. “Cameron and Oliver were quick passing the ball over the defenders and shooting numerous times in the second half. “All the boys exhibited good sportsmanship and had a great day,” Mr Silver concluded.
Source: Newsletter, May 30 Andrew Backhouse, Henry Kendall High School