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Day one: Gold Coast Futsal Championships

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The Gold Fields State Women’s Futsal Team had their first two games at the Gold Coast International Futsal Championships on Thursday.

They began against a strong Victoria and Football West Development Officer Garry Church said they were caught cold as they went down 7-2.

“The girls started slowly and you could clearly see they was nervous, which was to be expected when you are up against a team that has been together for a while.” he said.

“We struggled to settle in the first half, only getting one shot at goal and going in at the break 5-0 down. And it could have been a lot more except keeper Danielle Caruso was on form and saved a hatful of shots.

“The second half was a different story, with WA finding their feet and a bit of confidence to run at the Victoria defenders and taking more shots at goal.”

Early in the second half WA changed their keeper with Sophia Gherardi replacing Caruso and she saved a penalty.

“We battled through the second half, with a great performance for the youngest player on the court Daniella Simatos and we got a couple of goals from Florence Tawns and Sarah Wielstra,” Church added.

“It was a game of two halves and in my opinion the player of the match was Danielle Caruso from her outstanding performance in the first half.”

Next up for WA were New Zealand, who had too much in the bag for WA.

“We knew this was going to be a tough game playing against an organised and well-drilled side,” Church said.

“For the first five minutes it was a different ball game and we had a fair amount of possession and some great movement on and off the ball. However then New Zealand started to show how organised and disciplined they are by punishing our mistakes and again we were 5-0 down at half-time.

“What you have to say about our players is that they don’t let their heads drop.

“They put on a brave performance in the second half with Ellie La Monte testing the New Zealand side with her tidy skills and she managed to score two goals. It was a better performance from all the players they seem to grow as the day went on.

“The final score was 8-2 to New Zealand but if the players keep growing as the tournament goes on then our performances should improve.”

WA play Queensland on Friday and will then look to show how much they have improved when they take on Victoria and New Zealand again on Saturday.