Gladstone boys fly high after futsal victory
GLADSTONE pair Glen Camenzuli and Adam Sumner are flying high after playing integral roles in Central Queensland's victory at the Queensland under-19 state futsal championships in Brisbane earlier this month.
Camenzuli and Sumner, both of who play the outdoor version of the sport for the Gladstone United club's first division side, starred for the CQ under-19 side early before being switched to the men's side which finished a creditable fourth in the consolation final.
The pair matched skills with opponents from NSW, South Australia and the Queensland open representative side, producing mighty efforts against older opposition with Camenzuli just 15 years of age and Sumner turning 16 at the championships.
Sumner said past representative experience had helped him deal with the step up in class.
"It was a much better standard than the competition here in Gladstone ... but I've been away a few times so I knew what to expect,'' he said.
Sumner said the CQ players had been confident of their chances at the titles, knowing there was plenty of talent in the ranks.
Camenzuli, too, is accustomed to competing at a high standard, having last year toured Brazil and Chile with a Queensland under-15 representative side as well as touring the United Kingdom with a state junior touring squad.
"Playing older people was hard,'' Camenzuli said. "We played 30-minute halves and only had seven players.
"Playing seven games in two days would have been difficult when I was starting (futsal) but because of the experience I've had I knew when I had to substitute off so I could keep going.''
Unlike his good friend Sumner, Camenzuli began playing Glad-stone futsal fixtures purely out of interest in the new sport and has been rewarded by rising rapidly through the representative ranks.
Both he and Sumner produced some outstanding goals in both divisions in Brisbane and are likely to be watched closely for future representative honours.