Futsal a full-time obsession for pair

Harry Alexander (11), of Nedlands, and Rama Elliott (12), of Shenton Park, have been accepted into the futsal national team. Picture: Andrew Ritchie        www.communitypix.com.au   d447852
Futsal a full-time obsession for pair
Harry Alexander (11), of Nedlands, and Rama Elliott (12), of Shenton Park, have been accepted into the futsal national team. Picture: Andrew Ritchie        www.communitypix.com.au d447852

WHILE their friends muck about on the Rosalie Primary School oval at lunchtime, Rama Elliott (12) and Harry Alexander (11) are in training to play futsal for Australia.

The boys were recently selected for the International Futsal Championships in May 2016.

“If we don’t have anything else to do then we just practise futsal together,” Rama said.

“The difference with soccer is that, in futsal, there’s only five players including one goalie and the court is smaller.

“Also, the ball is really hard, not bouncy. It is difficult to kick it hard, so you need to get more strength. I really want to play professionally if I can.”

Rama will travel to Spain for the training camp and tournament, while Harry will train and compete in Malaysia.

Although they wanted to stick together, Harry said it was going to be a good challenge going out on their own.

“We haven’t trained with either of our teams before, so when I get to Malaysia, it will be the first time meeting them,” he said.

“I’m a bit nervous just if we screw up, but also excited.

“I would really like to use it in a career, it is quite fun and I’ve had a lot of good input from it.”

Although his proud family is looking forward to watching him play in Malaysia, Harry said his dad had recently banned him from practising in the house.

“My mum doesn’t like me playing inside with the ball, it sort of gets on her nerves,” he said.