‘Long time coming’: Futsal teams ride wave of success
Riding a wave of success, the Sunshine Coast Futsal Association has dominated at the largest Futsal tournament in Australia.
More than 170 teams from across the country converged on the Gold Coast over the weekend for the International Futsal Cup Challenge.
Originally around 210 teams were scheduled to take part but due to COVID-19 and border closures the field was narrowed.
Sunshine Coast entered 12 teams in total ranging from 12 girls and boys up to the open women's division.
Wave technical director Justin Morrison said 10 of those squads made it though to the finals.
"We had quite a few exit in the quarterfinals stage and didn't get through to the semis," he said.
"And then we ended up with three teams in the semi finals and one team straight into the grand final.
"We finished with three championships and won runners up."
The 12 girls squad picked up runners up, while the 13, 14 and 15 year age group boys teams were named champions.
The Sunshine Coast Waves also took out the club championships overall.
"We're very happy, we kind of went into this competition with limited preparation," Mr Morrison said.
"Mainly due to our whole season at the end of last year with the COVID-19 and the extended outdoor football season.
"We participate in Brisbane in a premier league that runs over about six weekends and we used that as our preparation.
"We hadn't won the club championship since 2011, so it's a long time coming and happy to get it."
Mr Morrison said the pandemic was still playing havoc with the sport.
"We did have a couple of players and parents say that they are going withdraw in the two weeks leading up to the competition, when they were doing all the contact tracing through Brisbane," he said.
"We were even sceptical it was going ahead but we had to plan as if it was.
"In hindsight, we're extremely grateful that we actually got to got to play and get some normality back.
"We've been attending this competition since day dot, so happy that we could just get some normality and go ahead and play it.
"And even better, obviously, to achieve some results in what's been a tough year for everyone."