Ipswich goalie throws himself into tournament
ACROBATIC Ipswich Knights goalkeeper Zayne Freiberg will be in the international spotlight when he represents the Australian open side for the first time next week.
However, it won't be in football where the agile 20-year-old sportsman shows his skills during a five-day televised tournament in Spain.
The Bundamba-based goalie will line up for the Aussies in futsal, the rapid fire indoor sport he has played since he was nine.
After earlier futsal trips to Japan, Brazil and New Zealand, Freiberg is eagerly awaiting his best opportunity yet to impress international scouts.
“It will be exciting to see where I'm at,” Freiberg said, heading for Barcelona tomorrow.
“I'm going with the flow. But if something comes up (an international offer), I'll definitely have a crack at it.”
Freiberg and another Ipswich player Scott Fenn showed how serious they were about pursuing their futsal careers by heading to Brazil in 2007. They trained and played against some of the world's best futsal exponents.
Fenn has since gone to China, where he's chasing a professional contract.
Now it's Freiberg's turn, having recently been called into the Australian side after impressing at the national titles.
He has exceptional agility and reads the game well, perhaps surprisingly for someone so laidback and easygoing.
However, on the football field and futsal court, Freiberg is a fearless competitor who loves shutting down attackers.
“I'm feeling really good. I'm in really good form at the moment,” he said, being part of the unbeaten Knights Division 1 football side.
The West Moreton futsal team goalie also shared in Queensland's latest major futsal success - winning the national titles in Sydney earlier this year.
In Barcelona, the Australians are expecting to play teams from France, Canada, Russia, Belgium, Argentina and Morocco. The tournament from April 1-5 is being televised by Fox Sports.
While he appreciates the encouragement of family and friends, Freiberg is also grateful for the time his employer RT Edwards gives him to chase his sporting dream.
“They are definitely supportive,” he said, working in the credit returns and stock section at the company's Raceview depot.
“Not many people would let you go (on these trips) on such short notice.”