Ballarat’s juniors shine at regionals

Ballarat’s junior program showed why Futsal Victoria’s and Sebastopol Vikings coach Corey Smith believes the program is “one of the strongest in Australia” following a dominant display in the Southern Regional Championships.

ON THE MOVE: Ballarat futsal player Natalia Ripani in action in the Regional Championships. She was part of a Ballarat program that took out the overall standings. Picture: Supplied

ON THE MOVE: Ballarat futsal player Natalia Ripani in action in the Regional Championships. She was part of a Ballarat program that took out the overall standings. Picture: Supplied

Ballarat won four of the seven age groups to claim overall victory with 279 points, well clear of second-placed Bendigo on 142.

CLASS: Ballarat's Liam Dawson dances around his opponent at the Regional Championships. He also coached the under-8 premiership side.

CLASS: Ballarat's Liam Dawson dances around his opponent at the Regional Championships. He also coached the under-8 premiership side.

Ballarat won the under-8s, 10s, 14s and youth girls categories.

The under-8s and 14s were the standout teams, going through undefeated.

Smith was rapt with the output from all the players and felt the results were a positive indication that the program is working and developing its juniors in the right way.