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Kal gal Caris in State futsal squad

Football West News

Two six-hour trips to take part in the Gold Fields Women’s State Futsal Team trials have paid dividends for Kalgoorlie player Caris Tonkin.

And to make her selection even more impressive, she hadn’t played in a futsal league before.

Tonkin will represent WA at the inaugural Gold Coast International Challenge in Queensland in January after shining at the two trials at Ballajura and Bibra Lake.

“I only started playing football four years ago for Boulder City Soccer Club in Kalgoorlie,” she said.

“I played one year for my cousin’s team when I was in high school but moved to Perth the next year and didn’t continue playing until I moved back to Kalgoorlie after uni. So I am a bit of a late bloomer.

“Kalgoorlie doesn’t have futsal. There is seven-a-side summer soccer which is played outdoors on the hockey turf fields. I play that socially.

“I was training a bit with our men’s soccer team last season. We played a little bit of futsal indoors so that is how I know what it is and was so keen to try out for the ladies team.

“I didn’t even know there was a ladies competition. Maybe I can start up futsal here!

“It is an honour to be selected in the ladies State team. Being six hours from the city, there aren’t many opportunities like this so I’m not going to let the distance stand in the way.

“The talent pool in Perth is unbelievable and I am so grateful to be able to play with these girls and be taught the game by some amazing coaches.”

Football West Development Officer Garry Church said: “After watching the players over the last two weeks it was pleasing to see Caris make the State team.

“Just watching Caris over the last couple of weeks you can clearly see how she has adapted and improved. To have Caris in the State team highlights that there are plenty of talented players in the regions.”