Aussie star finds balance at Bulls
AFTER a major international disappointment last year, versatile competitor Scott Fenn was left pondering his sporting priorities.
However, after returning to football for the Ipswich City Bulls on Saturday night, Fenn was happy he made some lifestyle changes.
Fenn, 22, was recently renamed in the Australian futsal team to tour Switzerland, France and Malaysia in June/July.
His latest selection comes after sharing in Australia’s devastating loss to New Zealand that ruined their World Cup dream.
After comfortably leading the World Cup qualifier in Malaysia, Australia let New Zealand level the scores before stealing an unlikely victory in a penalty shootout.
“We were shattered,” Fenn said, reflecting on the tournament late last year.
“From being 3-1 with less than two minutes left, we finished 3-3 then had to go through extra time and penalties where we lost 5-4.”
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Adding to the pain was Australia beat New Zealand in a later game to finish the tournament in third.
Ironically, that game also finished 3-3 and penalties were again needed to break the deadlock.
This time, Fenn’s Ipswich-based teammate Zayne Freiberg saved all four New Zealand shots and Australia converted two to secure victory.
Despite scoring seven goals – including a hat-trick – during the tournament, Fenn felt gutted.
However, three months later, Fenn has renewed confidence.
He’s excited about playing futsal again, having survived the recent national trials to make Australia’s final 12, along with Ipswich Knights goalkeeper Freiberg.
Equally important for Fenn, he’s made some adjustments that allow him to play football again for his junior club, the Bulls.
“I was in a band all of last year and that was all Fridays and Saturday nights,” Fenn said.
“I hadn’t played soccer for a while but I’ve left the band and I’m at uni full-time now in my last year.
“I figured I’ve got nothing to do on weekends now so I can play soccer.”
Chatting after Saturday night’s 2-0 loss to Queensland Lions at Sutton Park, Fenn sounded more relaxed and comfortable.
Although still busy studying and working, he’s thrilled to be back with the club he joined as an under-7 and played for into his teenage years.
“Once I graduate and I’m working fulltime, I’ll have a lot more time to play,” he said.
“It was good to come back.
“I wanted to play for fun again. I wasn’t enjoying the last time I played a division up in Premier League and that was in Taringa.
“It was three times a week down there and the nearest home game was Taringa. Even if did enjoy the game, it was still four hours of travel a week.
“That’s why I took the years off and started playing drums.”
On Saturday night, Brassall-based Fenn opened the Bulls’ Division 1 season playing attacking left midfielder.
“I didn’t get to see much ball. It was all on the other side of the field,” he said.
However, he was encouraged by the team’s start.
“They (Lions) are the favourites for the whole tournament so everyone was happy with the 2-0 loss,” the former Ipswich Grammar School student said.
“They (Lions) only had about two chances and got two of them so they were lucky to get two up anyway.”