The Mullumbimby High School U/16 girls Futsal team narrowly lost the semi-final of the National Scholastic Titles held at the Nissan Arena in Brisbane last September.
The strong result was just one achievement from a team that first competed at the Brisbane Metropolitan Titles in March, a trip that was primarily about getting the girls away from the aftermath of the flood, according to coach Brian Hedge.
On the back of that performance the entire squad was asked to represent South Coast Queensland at the Australian Futsal Association (AFA) National Scholastics Title. This competition is for representative teams selected from multiple schools competing in tournaments right across Australia.
This team has only one 16-year-old player with three 15-year-olds and three 14-year-olds making up the rest of the squad.
Moreover, for the Nationals competition they only had six players after an injury to Monet in the first game. This left them with only one substitute, compared to the six substitutes available for every other team they faced.
In a stellar performance the team finished second in their group after the pool round and won their quarter-final after a penalty shootout victory.
In the semi-final they faced Victoria who came out on top 5–4 and went on to win the national title.
‘This performance adds to an amazing year for the girls. In the five other tournaments they have played they have made every final finishing runners-up three times and champions twice,’ Brian said.
‘From a damaged school with no hall to train in this is a mighty performance against the odds’.