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Last updated 4:04 PM on 4 September 2015
Duval's U19 Boys team has successfully progressed to the National Futsal Championships, after fine performances in the NSW Champion of Champions competition in Port Macquarie on 20th August.
The National Championships will be held in Queensland in early November. It will serve as a worthy finale to the leaving Year 12 players in the team.
Duval's U19 Boys Futsal Team again showed why they are a team of champions. This year they first competed at Byron Bay in the Northern NSW Futsal competition. They were narrowly defeated in the grand final by the 2014 National school champions - Robina High School. Reaching the grand final at Byron Bay allowed them to compete in the NSW Champion of Champions competition held at Port Macquarie on 20 th August. Being the only undefeated team to win their pool at Port Macquarie, they played Saint Columbia in the grand final but were beaten in the last couple of minutes 5-4.
The team is made up of excellent Futsal players. The three stars of the Port Macquarie competition were Naran Singh (Yr 12), Lewis Russoniello (Yr 12) and Daniel Cherry (Yr 11). Naran and Lewis are just incredible to watch. Their skills on the ball are second to none, and when they team up it's a sight to see. Coupled with that we have Daniel Cherry as undoubtedly the best goalkeeper in the entire competition. The other players have excellent skill sets and make up a very strong team: Angus Wheatley (Yr 10) is solid as a rock in defence, Thomas Browne (Yr 12) teams up fantastically in the forwards and can score from anywhere with his right foot. Pat Frost (Yr 10) and Brock Whittley (Yr 12) allow all the flexibility the team needs, being able to both attack and defend. This was well demonstrated with Pat's solid defence in the grand final and Brock's replacement in the backs in the semi-final to beat Taree High School when down 1-0.
After beating Taree High School 4-1 in the semi-final, the grand final with Saint Columbia (2014 Regional Champions of Mid North Coast) was both a bit of an anti climax and a superb game. With the U19 Boys Final being the last match of the day, most spectators and teams went home only to leave the finalists with their teams and officials. Added to the fact that both teams already knew they were off to the Nationals by making the grand final, the match could easily have been sub-standard. But what a great game it was! Duval was down 1-0, up 2-1, up 3-2, down 4-3 then level on 4-4 with a couple minutes to go. A header from Brownie came close to clinching the match when it skimmed over the top of the goals, then a dubious direct free kick given to Saint Columbia allowed them to score to make it 5-4. If it wasn't for the unbelievable goal keeping of Daniel Cherry, Saint Columbia could easily have scored at least another 2 goals. It was a match worthy of a grand final and played in great sporting spirit.

The team is ready for the National Championship in Queensland in early November. It will serve as a worthy finale to the leaving Year 12 players in the team.

Sam Russo (coach)