Futsal juniors eager for colours

By CRAIG ROSScraigr@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org

GLADSTONE futsal juniors Stuart Ross and Billy Hunter can't wait to don Australian colours for the first time when they make their international debuts this year.

The pair will tour with separate Australian under-12 representative teams after shining for the struggling Queensland Country Crusaders at the National Futsal Championships on the Gold Coast in January.

Both will tour overseas as a result of their strong form for the Crusaders, with Ross' team heading to Brazil in June and July and Hunter's touring New Zealand in May.

Hunter, a goalkeeper, was excited at the prospect of putting on an Australian jersey.

'It'll be my first time in the green and gold jersey and I'm looking forward to putting it on,' he said.

Hunter plays in the midfield for the United club in outdoor soccer, having previously spent time at Meteors, but enjoys the opportunity to perform the thankless task of goalkeeping in the indoor version of the game.

It is a task he has quickly adapted to, having only taken up the game last year.

Ross' father Barry said the upcoming Brazilian tour would be a fantastic experience for his son who also plays outdoor soccer for Clinton.

'It's the first time he's done anything like this,' he said.

'Brazil is the home of (futsal) and the boys will be training with professional teams as well as playing matches against various teams, so that will be great for them.'

Both boys will have the chance to again test their skills at a higher level when they line up for Queensland Country at next month's Pacific Regional Junior Championships to be staged in Brisbane and the Gold Coast over the Easter long weekend.

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