Futsal fun for Ceduna group

TEAM: Chad Ko, Meg Duffield, Shanea Haseldine, Angel Betts-Cooke, Riley Blackham and Wayne Haseldine have been enjoying futsal in Ceduna. Picture: Luca Cetta
TEAM: Chad Ko, Meg Duffield, Shanea Haseldine, Angel Betts-Cooke, Riley Blackham and Wayne Haseldine have been enjoying futsal in Ceduna. Picture: Luca Cetta

A group of enthusiasts have been enjoying the action-packed game of futsal at Ceduna.

Chad Ko has taken the reins to bring them together for a weekly game of futsal - a variation of indoor soccer with a defined pitch that does not use walls - at the Ceduna Area School gym each Wednesday night.

There have been almost 20 different players in attendance since it started two months ago, with about 10 per week taking part.

Mr Ko, a Ceduna Area School teacher, said he established the futsal game as an offshoot to the weekly Sunday game which takes places on grass at the Crossways Lutheran School oval.

"I want to grow soccer in Ceduna if I can, and it is also a good way to get some exercise," he said.

"The Sunday games started it and this is an extension."

Mr Ko said all in the community were welcome to come along and play, from the soccer novices to more experienced players.

"Anyone can rock up, but they are expected to pick it up once you get here, and have an open mind about the game," he said.

"There is also no age limit, but younger players can take a bit longer to find their feet, although all have done well when they have come."

Mr Ko said fans of the sport, or perhaps those wanting to try it for the first time, would have a good time.

He said there were differences to the regular, outdoor game that people may have watched on television.

"Indoor is more intense compared to outdoor, you touch the ball more often and you can try skill moves, and a lot more goals are scored," he said.

"There are perceived points of view about the sport, but it can be a rough sport and it does get competitive out there.

"It requires skills and technique and is not just about booting a ball up the pitch."

Mr Ko said his aim was to get enough players involved to establish a futsal tournament next year.

Futsal is played at the Ceduna Area School gym each Wednesday during the school term from 6pm.

It costs $1 per week to play, which goes towards the hire cost of the gym.