Futsal boys dominate on overseas trip
FUTSAL: Australia's cricketers for the upcoming Ashes series could learn a thing or two from Bundaberg's Aidan Steffan and Drew Gordon.
The St Luke's Anglican School duo have recently returned from the United Kingdom, representing Australia in under-14 at futsal.
Playing 17 games against opposition clubs and nations from the United Kingdom, the duo smashed the opposition, winning 16 games.
This included a win over Scotland, which was one of the best of the two-and-a-half week trip.
"The team played quite well,” Gordon said.
"We also visited a lot of places that were really cool,” Steffan said.
The duo got to visit English sporting clubs including Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Stoke and Tottenham.
They also got to see two English Premier League games involving Manchester City, Stoke and AFC Bournemouth.
In their second match, between Stoke and Bournemouth, Gordon and Steffan got the opportunity to go on to the sidelines of the pitch and were shown off to the crowd in a once in a lifetime experience.
Those visits were the highlights of their trip.
"For me going to Anfield, Liverpool, was the best,” Gordon said.
"I'm a Liverpool fan so that was my favourite. Going to top clubs in England was pretty cool.”
"My highlight was going to Manchester United stadium, they are a top club,” Steffan said.
Importantly, the duo improved their futsal as well over there.
Steffan was a goalkeeper during the games with Gordon moving from the position of pivot in defence to a striker during the tournament.
"My coach sort of changed me to a striker/target,” Gordon said.
"I think my touch got a lot better and holding off players to play through for the flankers.
"It was pretty fun.”
Steffan said he got more confidence performing important roles in the goals.
"Coming out of my goal to stop the one-on-ones got better,” he said.
"I learnt new formations in futsal as well in the team.”
The duo added it was special to play for the green and gold, sing the national anthem and raise the flag.
Both will now train hard over the next few months and aim to head overseas to represent Australia next year for the third straight year.