BAYSIDE PIRATES GIRLS FUTSAL
JULY - AUGUST 2017
Right Flanker Greta Jowett-Smith was the Team's leading goal scorer in the USA!
The Pirates USA Touring Squad finished third at the recent World Championships in Orlando, Florida.
The 2017 USA Tour was the most ambitious tour yet, but it was worth every ounce of effort and stress to make it all happen. There were plenty of spills and thrills and razzamatazz along the way, which only the Americans can deliver!
Hosted by USA Futsal and played at the impressive ESPN Sports Centre, the Tournament is one of the largest Futsal Tournaments in the World. All of the team’s games were played at the Jostens stadium on the large sized pitch to a mixture of stop clock / off the clock rules, which really tested the stamina of the squad.
The Team played six games; won 4 and lost 2. The games they lost were to Virginia, 3-2 and to the talented Elite Futsal Charleston team, (eventual Champions) in the first game 3-1. The Pirates’ “Semi Final” was a thriller against Virginia – they only had to draw to qualify for the final, but it was not to be, conceding a goal in the final minute of play.
The match for Third place and the Trophy, was intense. It was only settled in the last five minutes, with the Pirates winning 4-1 against Pateadores of New Mexico. Bringing home the 3rd Placed Trophy and their medallions was just reward for the team.
Captain Niamh and Vice-Captain Jamilla led by example in every game – they gave it their all and took on the mantle of team leaders as true young professionals. The Young Guns of Anais, Serenity and Tate displayed great poise and backed up the seniors in the team with distinction. Greta, Holly and Sarah, were continually called upon throughout each match to seek the break-through in attack or shut out the opponents in defence.
Jamilla was nominated by the team for the Players Player Award and the Coaches MVP Award went to Talia, who was absolutely magnificent in goal through-out the tournament. Talia’s quick reflexes saved numerous shots on goal and her one v one on opposing Pivots was just courageous. Well done Jamilla and Talia!
Many thanks to the Queensland parents for their support, Graziella, Peter and Danny; to Paul, Vini and Andrew - all of Galaxy FC - for facilitation with the Queensland girls; to Jo our hard working Travel Agent; to Adam for helping the girls and Coaches on Tour; to our Ball Girls Ayran and Neah; to the Team Manager, Elaine and “ATM” Dino – such a hard-working and fun crew; to Krystal for just being Krystal – such an awesome Coach!
Thanks to Anthony of Joma for his work on the Kit and, finally, to all of the parents of the players who supported the Club in getting the Girls to the USA in the first place – thank you SO much!
The team performed with true Aussie grit and won many friends and admiration for their style of play during the tournament. We were playing representing the Bayside Pirates, but as far as our opponents were concerned, it was them v Australia! And that was just fine by us!
So, what’s next for the Pirates? Watch this space for the next exciting Futsal expedition!
The Team was:
Talia Huffaker, Serenity Thake, Anais Krashow-Josefski, Greta Jowett-Smith, Sarah Fitzpatrick, Jamilla Rankin, Tate Ascott, Holly McCullagh and Niamh McLure.
Head Coach, Mark Georgeson; Assistant Coach, Krystal McCluskey; Team Manager Elaine Ascott; Assistant Team Manager, Dino Josefski.
The next training session for the Junior Girls is at 9am on Saturday November 4 at Cheltenham. The Bayside League has already started, but New players are welcome!!
2017 CRAIG FOSTER CHAMPIONS!
The Bayside Pirates Girls 16s has won the 2017 Craig Foster International Tournament on the Gold Coast.
The team played eight games and won all eight games. This is an amazing achievement in elite sports and it is a record for any female Futsal team in the history of the tournament. Along the way the girls broke the club's record of the highest win in an elite competition beating Gold Coast 11-0. All the games were played in the magnificent new Commonwealth Games Venue, the Coomera Indoor Sports Centre near Dream World.
The team had some tough games in the round robin matches, but cruised through to the Semi Finals with three games to spare. Vying to be the top ranked team going into the Semis was the next aim and they achieved that on the last day of the round robin matches. In the Semi Final they had a re match against the impressive Sunshine Coast, who they beat 6-1 the night before. After a nervous start they applied the pressure and won 7-0. In the Grand Final they were up against the well organised South Brisbane Futsal Club. The Pirates narrowly won their previous game 3-2, so the Girls knew this was going to be a very competitive match.
The Pirates had to absorb early intense pressure and it was South Brisbane who scored first. Head Coach, Krystal McCluskey, called a Time Out, which settled the players and they re focused. It was not too long before the Pirates levelled, which got their confidence back. They scored a second and went into the half time break with their noses in front. In the second half the game was getting physical and tempers were starting to fray in both teams, which was to be expected in a Grand Final. But it was the Pirates Girls who held their nerve and stuck to their game plan. When they scored their third and fourth goals in quick succession, South Brisbane were deflated. The fifth came soon after. South Brisbane scored a late consolation goal from a free kick, making the score 5-2 to the Bayside Pirates.
Club Owner and Assistant Coach, Mark Georgeson, was very proud of the girls' performance, saying, " To play eight games and win eight games in a tournament like this is amazing. This is our fifth year at the Craig Foster and for the girls to fly the flag for the Club with this success, is testament to the work the Technical Director and Coaches have put into the Girls and Women's program at the club. Hats off to the Coach, Krystal, and the team for such a determined effort - they are a great bunch of girls!" Krystal McCluskey added, "Every player scored a goal, including Zoe, our Goalkeeper, so this really was a great team effort, as we never relied on just one or two players to score our goals".
The Girls 16s now have USA Futsal's World Cup in Orlando to look forward to, as they qualify for that tournament by winning the Craig Foster. However, before that, some of these elite junior players will feature in the Pirates' Senior Squad that will compete in New Zealand Football's National Womens' League, which will be held in Wellington in February.
2017 has started off brightly for the Girls and there is so much more coming up for Girls Futsal at the Pirates this year!
The team at the 2017 Craig Foster Tournament
Head Coach: Krystal McCluskey
Assistant Coach / Team Manager: Mark Georgeson
Zoe Titmus (GK), Rosie Collins-Graham, Greta Jowett-Smith, Jacqueline Lemieux, Niamh McLure, Elissa Mori, Anais Krashow-Josefski, Sarah Fitzpatrick and Francesca Brand.
Pirates v Bundaberg 6-1; Pirates v South Brisbane 3-2; Pirates v North Brisbane 3-0; Pirates v Gold Coast 11-0; Pirates v Peninsula 2-0; Pirates v Sunshine Coast 6-1
Semi Final: Pirates v Sunshine Coast 6-1
Final: Pirates v South Brisbane 5-2
Coaching Staff for the Junior Girls Program
Mark Georgeson. Club President, AFC Level 1
Sam Mlynarz, Technical Director and Club Head Coach, AFC Level 2
Krystal McCluskey, National F League player, State Senior Womens player, Fitness Instructor and 16 Girls Coach
USA Futsal's World Cup, Orlando USA in July / August 2018. If you are interested in joining our Girls Squad for this Tournament, please contact Mark.
2018 CRAIG FOSTER GIRLS 16s. If you would like to come on Tour and play in Australia's largest Club Futsal Tournament, then contact Mark for more details. Krystal is the Team's Head Coach and the Tour departs mid January and will be played at the new world class Commonwealth Games Venue at Carrara, Gold Coast.
Bayside League Teams
Girls 11s, 13s and 15s will compete in the JSL Premier League in Term 4.
There is an exciting new pathway for elite Club Futsal players, with the new invitation process to the Craig Foster Futsal Challenge and FUTSAL USA's World Cup at the ESPN Sports Centre, Disneyland, Orlando, Florida.
The cost of being in a Premier League team is $200 for the duration. This includes all coaching sessions, match fees etc. Uniforms are $65 per kit. New players will also have to pay the $30 FFV / FFA Registration fee. For all Registration issues, please contact Anne-Louise.
Junior Mentoring Program
The Pirates introduced a Junior Mentoring program for aspiring young female Futsal Players this year. If you are over the age of fourteen and are focused on Futsal and would like to be part of the Senior Womens F League Program, then this could be for you!
The Program for the young girls involves training with the Pirates F League Squad, which includes being taught the principles of AFC Futsal by Sam Mlynarz, an AFC Level 2 Coach. There will be opportunities for elite Juniors involved in this Program to go on Tour with the Pirates Womens team in Australia and overseas.
If you would like to join our Club in any of the Age Groups, please contact Anne-Louise Halliday in the first instance for General Enquiries.
Junior Co-ordinator & Club Registrar
Anne-Louise Halliday 0434 019 978
Head Junior Coach
Mark Georgeson 0413 527 501
The 2017 / 2018 Calendar at a glance:
Craig Foster Futsal Challenge, Gold Coast, Queensland - The largest Club Futsal Tournament in Australia Bayside Pirates 2017 Champions!
February - March: JSL Bayside Leagues
Easter : FFV State Club Championships 2018
February to March and October to December : Friday Night Bayside League, Saturday Premier League