This week both Mens Futsal teams complete their BUCS league fixtures and WIN the Western Premiership and Tier 2A.
It has been a fantastic year for Futsal in Bournemouth with the introduction of a second team and a wealth of team leadership and coaching support. Both teams have shown real dominance in their leagues and finish way in front of all others. All players have really stepped it up this year and are very excited to continue their cup campaigns into the next couple of months.
1st team captain Leigh Stevens gives us an overview of each team this year;
This group, made up of mainly 2nd year students, have developed significantly over the course of the 2 years they have played together. From winning BUCS SW Division 1 last season to going on to win the premier division this season, the team has come a long way and is looking forward to their first shot at Nationals in Northumbria this coming April. Their place at the finals was solidified by the recent 15-2 drabbing of the University of South Wales last weekend. Strong personalities in the team have ensured an inspirational team work ethic and attitude approaching the finals this year. Lorenzo Artico is leading this year’s goal tally with 16 goals in just 6 games, first year student Josh Bowden has also settled in nicely with the first team. The program will be looking towards the likes of Josh and other returning students to drive the team onwards next year and to continue the noticeable success of the current outfit.
The mens 2nd team was newly introduced this year following the success of the programme previously, a good mix of first years and experienced players make up the undefeated side this season. Their record of 6 games and 6 wins truly speaks for itself with outstanding performances from the likes of Jack Aguera (goalkeeper) all season. A recent introduction of specific new players such as Chad Bryce-Borthwick and Chris Mardapittas into the programme has sparked a competitive approach for player selection between team mates. This has really stimulated top performances from some 2nd team players that will be staking their claim to be selected for nationals later on this season. A lot of these players are looking forward to play in the Southern Premier Division next season, secured by the performance of the current 1st team.