A GRANT from the Clarence City Council has helped send a Tasmanian under 10 girls futsal team to the national championships in Penrith.
Played in January, the competition was an eye-opening experience for the nine girls in the team.
“The standard of games was extremely high to what they had been used to,” team manager Angela Burdon said.
“Every single girl stepped up and gave everything they had each game.”
Mrs Burdon said it was the first year the national championships had included an under 10 girls division.
“Unfortunately, there was only one other under 10 girls team from New South Wales, so the association combined the under 10 and under 12 games,” she said.
Mrs Burdon said despite losing in an under 10 grand final to New South Wales, the exposure to a high-level competition was invaluable for the girls.
“The temperatures were near 40 degrees and the conditions were extremely exhausting for the girls, but they never gave up,” she said.
“The trip has allowed them to grow as players and allowed them to realise their playing potential.
“All the girls are eager to try out again for selection in next year’s state team.”
Along with Erin Beard, Mrs Burdon’s daughter Alicia was selected to represent Australia at the Montesilvano Futsal Cup in Italy in June.
“Alicia received many compliments from other team coaches and players about her goal keeping skills,” Mrs Burdon said.
“Erin was outstanding in defence, especially as she is only nine years old.”
Alicia said she was excited about the opportunity to play for her country.
“My dream came true – I made the Australian team and am going to Italy,” she said.
Caption: The under 10 girls futsal team enjoyed their first national championships.