Champions triumph against odds

Best in state: The Nareena Hills Public School state champion futsal team. Front row: (from left) Adam and David Chicharo, Tim Caroutas, Logan Mathie, Ned Glasgow. Back row: (from left) Sebastian Stanojovic, Aiden Grbevski, Darcy Hennessy, Thomas Butkovic, Corey Gavin and co-ordinator Cheryl Thompson. Picture: GREG TOTMAN

Best in state: The Nareena Hills Public School state champion futsal team. Front row: (from left) Adam and David Chicharo, Tim Caroutas, Logan Mathie, Ned Glasgow. Back row: (from left) Sebastian Stanojovic, Aiden Grbevski, Darcy Hennessy, Thomas Butkovic, Corey Gavin and co-ordinator Cheryl Thompson. Picture: GREG TOTMAN

Nareena Hills Public School made it back-to-back state futsal titles after winning the under-13 NSW Football Futsal State Championship at Penrith.

The team beat 24 of the best school futsal teams, including public, Catholic and independent schools, after advancing to the state finals through regional qualifiers.

Despite not having a single training session, with parents acting as coaches and only a couple of the boys playing futsal outside of school, the team again proved themselves the best in NSW.

The Figtree-based school clinched the title in style beating Seaforth Public School for the second straight year.

Earlier, the team finished tied with tournament favourites Trinity College after the five-team pool phase, with Trinity winning a coin toss to claim top spot in the group.

Nareena Hills beat Trinity 3-0 in the quarter-finals, before beating Oatley PS in a dramatic penalty shoot-out.

Despite having a host of shots and dominating play, Nareena Hills went behind 1-0 to Oatley in the final minute, before equalising just seconds from full-time.

With no further score in extra time, Nareena Hills won the penalty shoot-out 1-0 after the Wollongong school scored with their third spot-kick and their opponent missed all three.

Nareena Hills had only about 20 minutes break before their grand final but beat the Western Sydney-based Seaforth PS 3-2 in extra time.

Their opponents had a couple of players aged 13 while the Figtree school was entirely made up of 11 and 12-year-olds.

Given the circumstances, their win was a major achievement.

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