EXCITING FUTURES: St Peter Claver College’s successful under-18 girls football team, flanked by coach Greg Farrell (right) and manager Dallas Murphy.
EXCITING FUTURES: St Peter Claver College’s successful under-18 girls football team, flanked by coach Greg Farrell (right) and manager Dallas Murphy. David Nielsen

Futsal program's success gives football kick along

ST Peter Claver College's incredible football program continues to go from strength to strength with a number of teams recently making or winning major competition finals.

The College has enjoyed a spate of success in hotly contested Bill Turner Cup, uhlsport Cup, High Energy Youth, CISSSA and ISSA competitions.

A highlight was the college's under-15 girls team making the final of the Bill Turner Cup, the biggest school football competition in the country.

SPCC lost 2-1 to Townsville's Kirwan State High team in golden goal extra-time.

"That was a major achievement to get to a state final,'' St Peter Claver College football and futsal co-ordinator Dallas Murphy said.

SPCC's under-15 girls earlier won the area final featuring teams from Brisbane South, Brisbane West and the Gold Coast.

SPCC beat Cavendish Road State High 2-1 to qualify for the state final. Left winger Natasha Ridley scored the winning goal in the third minute of extra-time after Caitlin Shaw scored first.

Other successful college teams include the under-14 girls and under-18 boys and girls teams.

The undefeated under 14 girls are in next Wednesday's grand final of the ISSA Cup competition, playing Chrisholm Catholic College.

The same day, the college's under 18 girls meet Brisbane State High in the final of the uhlsport Cup.

"That's the furtherest we've ever been,'' Murphy said of a college team with a promising future.

"They are very strong. There's only two year 12s in that team.''

SPCC'S under-18 girls earlier won the High Energy tournament, beating Clontarf 5-1 in the final.

The college's under-18 boys lost to powerhouse Sydney side St Pius College 4-2 on penalties in their recent High Energy grand final.

St Peter Claver scored the only goal against St Pius College in the tournament to force extra time.

Murphy said one of the major reasons for the spate of tournament glory was more futsal players taking up football.

"Over the last two or three years, we've started to get a lot of students enrolling to play the futsal and the football. And the football is growing from the futsal.

"They come to futsal which allow us to have more depth for football. But the skills that we teach in futsal also helps improve the skills for the outdoor football.

"Our kids are very good on the ball.''



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