Navy’s female footballers have carried their red hot form into the new-year by taking out the Football New South Wales Futsal Community Cup.
The Navy Ladies won the Australian Defence Force National Championships late last year and their victory at the Futsal tournament during the last weekend of February shows they’ve carried that same form into 2019.
After losing their first game 5-4 to ‘The Indoor 5s’, the Navy Ladies won their next two games to set up a rematch in the Tournament Grand Final. Navy dominated the match, wining 7-1 to secure the Community Cup.
Navy Player, Able Seaman Jessica Muir said she especially enjoyed the pace of the tournament.
“Playing in this tournament was a real experience.
“It was extremely fast-paced, but we adapted very quickly and picked up the nuances of the indoor game.
“The grand final was against great competition, so being able to hold up that trophy with the girls was an unreal experience,” Able Seaman Muir said.
The Navy Men’s team had a much tougher tournament and were unable to secure a win in the round-robin competition, which featured some incredibly talented futsal teams from across New South Wales.
Petty Officer Alex Rossi from the Navy Men’s Team said Navy Football Federation Australia was looking to participate in more Futsal events in the future.
“Both Navy and the Australian Defence Force Football Federation are looking to become more involved in Futsal, which is great version of the game for helping players sharpen their footwork and speed, and will ultimately make us better players,” Petty Officer Rossi said.
“Because many of our Navy footballers are deploying regularly to sea and on operations, they can’t commit to playing week-in-week-out football seasons with grassroots clubs.
“So, participating in community events like the Football New South Wales Futsal Community Cup allows us to further develop and test our football skills by playing against grassroots players in our local communities.
Petty Officer Rossi, who organised Navy’s participation at the tournament, said both of the Navy teams were made to feel welcome at the Football New South Wales event.
“While our footballers may not play the game as much as they’d like to, they bring other qualities to tournaments such as this, like teamwork and esprit de corps, which positively contributes to the overall spirit in which the tournaments are played,” Petty Officer Rossi said.
Navy Football Federation Australia’s commitment to be involved in community football events continues. Last weekend, Navy sent teams at the 6-a-side Vikings Challenge at Forster Tuncurry.
The next big event on the Navy Football Federation Australia calendar is a Training and Development Camp in Hawaii, with the travelling players looking to hone their skills for the 2019 ADF National Football Championships later in the year.