OPEN WOMENS FUTSAL
The inaugural International Open Womens Futsal Tournament took place in January at the Craig Foster on the Gold Coast.
The tournament was only for State representative teams and the New Zealand National Silver Ferns took part. The New Zealanders were too strong for Victoria, Queensland and WA and won all of their six games to take the trophy back to New Zealand.
The matches were played at the magnificent Carrera Stadium on the 40m x 20m sized international pitch and to Stop Clock rules, something which has not happened since the National F League days.
The Victorian team, lead by Captain Rebecca Davies, had a disruptive training schedule, but still managed to play some attractive Futsal. Head Coach, Sam Mlynarz, was a little bit disappointed that they did not finish second to the New Zealanders, but he was confident Victoria can build on this for a higher finish in 2020.
Queensland pipped Victoria to second place on goal difference, but all teams were no match for the well prepared and drilled New Zealand team, coached by Nic Downes.
Victoria starts their Open Womens training soon, with the tour to the New Zealand Nationals in July, which is part of the Talent ID process for the younger players to get into the seniors squad.