The 2022 Monash Men’s Futsal Team is in Perth this week competing against some of Australia’s finest at UniSport Nationals. They were placed into a strong pool against Macquarie University, Bond University, University of the Sunshine Coast, University of Western Australia and University of Technology Sydney.
The team played hard straight out of the gate, winning their first game against Macquarie University on Monday, with a final score of 5-3. The match was neck and neck up until the last minute of the game, where we managed to score two goals in rapid succession to pull out a win for the team.
That same day they went against the University of Technology Sydney, our fiercest competition at the Games, and unfortunately lost 4-7. Our Team Captain and Team Organiser, Ibukun Oloruntoba, sustained an ankle injury during the game, however is continuing to support his team in every way possible.
Tuesday was a great day, with the men absolutely smashing their first match against the University of Western Australia, winning by eight goals! They continued their upward momentum into the next game against the University of the Sunshine Coast, winning with a score of 6-2. One of the star players on the team, Henry Macdonald (otherwise known as Thierry Henry), has scored eleven goals, helping to keep the team winning, despite the loss of their captain. Other notable players include Niko Verrios, the Vice captain and Team Organiser, who has scored eight goals so far, and Tom Carlin and Ace Mitrevski, scoring four goals each.
The Futsal team will play both Bond and Swinburne University on the 28th of September, for a chance to play in the Division One Semi-final Match. Having spoken to the team captain Ibukun Oloruntoba, Monash’s prospects for the finals are good. Their ultimate goal is to face off against the University of Technology Sydney in the Final and bring home the gold.
Good luck for your future matches, we hope to see you back in Melbourne with the gold!
For live updates and results, head to our Instagram and Facebook pages as well as our UniSport Nationals page.
Written by Olivia Mc Mahon