National futsal success for Bendigo quintet

FIVE players from Bendigo conquered both their opposition and the heat to win a gold medal for Victoria Country at the National Futsal Championships in Sydney. 

VICTORIOUS: The Victoria Country 11-boys team that won its division at the National Futsal Championships in Sydney. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

VICTORIOUS: The Victoria Country 11-boys team that won its division at the National Futsal Championships in Sydney. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Victoria Country’s victorious 11-boys squad included the Bendigo quintet of Lachie Ross, Riley Kerr, Liam Yates, Ryan Kalms and Noah Rimmer. 

The tournament featured one 44 degree day – the hottest in the event’s history – on Saturday, January 6.

Victoria Country qualified for its final by defeating Victoria Country 7-4 in their semi-final.

In the final against Queensland, Victoria Country was under pressure when it trailed 2-4.

However, the side fought back to equalise 4-4, before scoring the match-winning goal to secure a 5-4 victory and the national title.

Victoria Country’s most dominant performance of the championships was against Western Australia when it produced a 20-2 victory.

The winning Victoria Country team was coached by Ballarat’s Brett Bedgood.