2 June, 2022
Futsal team go regional
The Lowood State High School U14 girls futsal team is gearing up for the Regional Champion of Champions, after reaching the quarter-finals in the Brisbane Metro School titles.
The team comprising Brooke Anderson, Leah Beacham, Lillian Coffey, Leanne Gray, Dakoda Nixon-Smith, Alicija Sajkar, Harli Schulze and Emma Waine will trek to Brisbane in early August for the Southern Queensland Champion of Champions.
Most of the girls are in their first year of futsal while Alicija is in her third year, having played at U16 level in the past two years and at U19 level last year, and made an impression as goalkeeper.
This year, Alicija and Leah have alternated as goalkeeper while other players have often rotated positions as well.
The Lowood girls have also played outdoor soccer, and said they found futsal much faster while the playing arena was much smaller than in outdoor soccer.
Lowood lost its first game 11-0 to Stretton at the Brisbane Metro School titles, before bouncing back with a 2-0 win over The Gap.
Lowood’s third match was a 2-all draw with Mabel Park, before Lowood finished the round-robin series strongly with a thumping 7-0 win over Southern Cross Catholic College.
Kawana was too strong for Lowood in the knockout quarter-final, with the Sunshine Coast-based school winning 7-1 and going on to win the competition.
Lowood coach Jacob Veraart said the game against Southern Cross was the highlight as the team showed notable improvement from its previous three games.
“The girls began to understand the standard of play necessary to be successful at this level,” he said.
Veraart said the Lowood U14 girls would train each Tuesday afternoon until October, as the team was set to contest the Chantelle Cramb Cup after the Regional Champion of Champions.
“It’s a very even bunch of players in terms of skill level,” he said.
“We set ourselves to play a particular way to improve our skills every game.
“It’s all about how we play, and not what the result is at the end.”