St Peter Claver's fine year in futsal
FUTSAL: St Peter Claver College students, teachers and supporters are celebrating another major achievement in their successful futsal program.
St Peter Claver's 1st boys side recently finished runners-up at the Senior Australasian Champion of Champions tournament.
From year 8 to 12, SPC's 10 best futsal players worked tirelessly all weekend, winning five of their eight pool games to top the group.
The team eventually fell agonisingly short of grand final glory, going down 5-3 to Robina State High School in a tight decider.
Despite being a term four event, preparation started at the beginning of the year with SPC's senior students eager to work with the College's younger students.
They prepared for the three-week South-East Queensland School Futsal titles event during term 1.
During qualification day on March 9, the boys finished win a 100% win record with victories over Elanora SHS, Craigslea SHS, Calvary Christian College (1), Calvary Christian College (2), and Marsden SHS.
This ensured SPC's passage as one of the highest ranked schools into the Knockout and Finals Day on March 16. A dominant 5-1 victory over Chisolm Catholic College qualified the boys for the 2018 Southern QLD State Champion of Champions.
On July 26, the top 18 schools south of the Capricorn descended on the Oxley Futsal Centre for the 2018 Southern Queesland State Champion of Champions.
The SPC boys were grouped alongside Assisi Catholic College (3-3 draw), Centenary Heights SHS (4-3 loss), North Lakes State College (7-2 win), and Murrumba State College (8-2 win).
These results ensured St Peter Claver's passage out of the group stage and into the quarter finals where victory over St Andrews Lutheran College (1-0) ensured qualification to the 2018 Senior Australasian Champion of Champions.
Despite qualification, the boys intended to finish strong and secured a 6-1 victory over Robina SHS in the semi-final. That set-up a rematch with Assisi Catholic College in the grand final.
In a tight game, the boys went down 8-5.
However they received comfort knowing that their hard work had paid off and they were heading to the 2018 Senior Australasian Champion of Champions.
From November 9-11, the skilful futsal boys travelled to Cornubia Park Sports Centre to compete in the 2018 Senior Australasian Champion of Champions.
The boys qualified for the grand final after topping the group from three days of impressive futsal.
The boys started the competition on fire with three wins and one draw from the four games played on Friday; Bishop Druitt College (7-4 win), Robina SHS (8-3 win), Assisi Catholic College (6-3 win), Albany Creek SHS (4-4 draw).
Saturday's challenge was a different story as the boy hit a road block with losses against Albany Creek (6-4) and Robina SHS (4-2) before again showing their class from early on with a dominant 6-1 victory of Bishop Druitt College.
A 7-1 victory over Assisi Catholic College on Sunday morning ensured the boys finished top of the group and booked a place in grand final.
In an intense, high-tempo grand final, the boys took an early lead before both teams traded goals to lock the lock at 3-3. However late goals to Robina SHS secured them a 5-3 full-time win.
SPC trio Jaylen Vaughan, Deng Deng and Anthony Buhse were three of the five players selected in the competitions All Star team.
St Peter Claver College coach Brentyn Walter enjoyed working with the team.
He was delighted how the year 12 students provided a new outlook on how futsal should be played.
"The boys created a legacy at the school that will inspire many of the younger for years to come,'' he said.
"Although we did not get the grand final win, runners-up at the Australian Futsal Associations Champion of Champions is a tremendous effort.''