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26 May, 2021

Lowood girls ready to contest state futsal champion of champions

EIGHT Lowood State High School girls are set to compete in the Queensland Champion of Champions in under 16 high school futsal, having qualified for the top 22 in the state.

The Lowood State High School team that will compete at a state-level futsal competition in July. Back: Jordis Hathaway, Charlee Ehlerth, Jessie Vella, Lili Sajkar, Jacob Veraart (coach). Front: Lauren Sheppard, Alicija Sajkar, Jade Godby, Kyra Hayes.

Charlee Ehlerth, Jade Godby, Jordis Hathaway, Kyra Hayes, Alicija Sajkar, Lili Sajkar, Lauren Sheppard and Jessie Vella will head to the Nissan Arena in the Brisbane suburb of Nathan for the event on July 27.

Some of these girls also took part in the Champion of Champions at under 14 level in 2019, when they finished in the top 12.

The Lowood team topped the pool in the south-east Queensland titles that year, but was eliminated on finals day.

This year the Lowood octet topped the pool in the south-west Queensland titles, before unfortunately losing the decider in golden goal against Downlands College.

Meanwhile the Lowood girls deemed that their biggest rival last year was Ipswich High, with these two teams battling out an enthralling decider in the Chantelle Cramb Cup.

The match went into golden goal, before Ehlerth scored the only goal of the contest with two minutes remaining in the extra-time period.

The Lowood players, in addition to coach Jacob Veraart, remarked that the key to being a successful team was communicating and working as a team, with players often rotating positions.

Veraart stressed that another factor was not focusing too much on the outcome. The four highest placed teams in the upcoming Champion of Champions will qualify for the Australasian Championships, but this was evidently not the primary focus for the Lowood players or their coach.

“It’s not about results. It’s about how we play,” Veraart said.

“If we play well, the results take care of themselves.”

With the games played indoors — the field is much smaller than a soccer field — the players have found futsal to be much faster than soccer and also has a higher impact.

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