With our game continuing to grow, improve and create further footballing opportunities, four Herald Women’s Premier League players’ travelled to Lloret De Mar, in Spain, last week to represent Australia in the Women’s Futsal World Cup.
The Australian squad made it to the Grand Final but unfortunately fell short 1 – 2 in a well-fought battle against the United States of America (USA).
Players in the Australian squad included Sophie Jones, Shannon Day and Britt Hargreaves from Football Mid North Coast and Lori Depczynski from Merewether United. Our home-grown players had been preparing for their time in Europe since their selection into the National team last year.
Sophie Jones talked us through the process of their selection. Sophie said each year the Australian National Futsal Titles are held in Port Macquarie, from there 30 players are selected and head into a training camp where the players trial for the final Australian squad. Once the team is reduced to 14 players, the players attended two training camps prior to their departure to Spain.
Despite the result, our WPL players played an outstanding role in Australia’s success this World Cup.
Goal Keeper, Britt Hargreaves said she “was impressed by the quality of the teams that competed”.
Britt noted that the support the squad received was astounding, stating that she is “grateful for the support we received back home”.
Shannon Day, who has been playing futsal for 10 years, said the tournament had an impressively high standard.
“It had some really high-quality teams and was an awesome experience”, she said.
Despite the unfortunate result for Australia and for our Herald WPL players, the girl’s said they remain extremely proud of their efforts and enjoyed every moment of the competition.
Britt stated, “I couldn’t imagine a better group to share this experience with,” and Sophie added, “obviously disappointed we didn’t get the result we had hoped for but super proud of the girls for never giving up, and giving it their all until the last second”.
Congratulations on the impressive effort of these players, we’re very proud and honoured to have this talent in Northern NSW’s Herald Women’s Premier League.