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Day three: Gold Coast International Futsal Championships

Football West News

It was another meeting with Victoria for the Gold Fields State Women’s Futsal Team on Saturday, the side they kicked off the tournament against two days earlier.

That match finished 7-2 for the Vics and things did not get better for the WA girls, who went down 8-2 this time.

Yet the West Aussies started off well. However, mistakes against an experienced side like Victoria will always prove costly and that is how it transpired.

Football West Development Officer Garry Church said: “It was not long before we found ourselves 2-0 down but the girls’ confidence did not drop and we pulled one back through Sarah Wielstra.

“There where several other opportunities to score again, with Carla Bennett hitting the crossbar and a shot from Florence Tawns going just past the post. However Victoria started to get on again and before we knew it we were 6-1 down.

“We continued to press and Victoria were caught out when Ellie La Monte intercepted the ball in her own half and chipped it into the Vics half for Bonnie Mcleary to flick over the keeper with a header making it 6-2.

“Vic started to play ‘fifth player’ which put WA under pressure having to defend the extra player and it wasn’t long before they got another two goals with the game finishing 8-2. But despite the loss the girls remained in good spirits.”

The second game of the day for the WA side was against New Zealand, who are undefeated in the competition and favourites to win the competition.

WA were defending most of the game and the Kiwis took the lead on five minutes and bagged a second soon after.

“Despite the big losses throughout the week the girls have shown true character and they pulled one back through Florence Tawns,” Church added.

“Although we were on the back foot for most of the game the girls defended well and occasionally caught New Zealand on the counter attack but could not find the back on the net. New Zealand finally broke down our defence and scored making it 3-1 which is what the match finished.

“This was a massive improvement for the our girls from losing 8-2 in our first meeting.

“Everyone of the WA girls played a big part in this performance. This is the best we have seen them play, they was working so well together as a team and I am sure the New Zealand team were not expecting the performance of WA team, especially after giving us a bit of a touch-up in the last game.”

WA finish the tournament on Sunday against Queensland, who defeated WA on Friday.