Fustal Ferns too good for NCL

The Futsal Ferns have continued their dream start with a 15-0 win over New Caledonia in Tauranga to claim the Trans-Pacific Futsal Cup.

The Nic Downes team, who won 14-0 on their international debut in futsal, built on that performance playing some fantastic futsal at times to seal a celebrated first series win.

Skipper Hannah Kraakman and Hannah Robert were two of the Ferns’ stand-out performers as they took a comfortable 6-0 lead at halftime. Four players Kraakman, Robert, Britney-Lee Nicolson and TJ Lyne-Lewis all scored hat-tricks for New Zealand in the one-sided result.

New Zealand. International Futsal, Futsal Ferns v New Caledonia, ASB Baypark Arena, Tauranga, New Zealand. Tuesday, 12 September, 2017. Copyright photo: John Cowpland / www.photosport.nz

New Caledonia looked a lot better defensively, but with more time together the Ferns combinations were improved and that allowed them to complete a comfortable victory and follow the men’s lead in securing the Trans-Pacific Futsal Cup.

“It feels fantastic,” said coach Downes after the game. “We were heading into the unknown in this series so it is an awesome result for the girls to win the series 2-0 and get the job done. The girls have really come together as a group. We have a great interaction and we are establishing a great culture.”

Kraakman said it was a special feeling to win a series in their first taste of international futsal.

New Zealand celebrate a goal. International Futsal, Futsal Ferns v New Caledonia, ASB Baypark Arena, Tauranga, New Zealand. Tuesday, 12 September, 2017. Copyright photo: John Cowpland / www.photosport.nz

“It feels good because this has been a long time coming, the feeling is unreal. We have never had anything like this,” she said. “We want to carry on from this performance and play some other teams around the world.”

The Futsal Whites and Ferns will feature again tonight as they look to clean sweep the three match series and complete a successful Trans-Pacific Cup.

Futsal Ferns 15 (Gubb, Nicolson 3, Robert 3, Kraakman 3, Lyne-Lewis 3, James, Verdon) New Caledonia 0 HT 6-0

Futsal Ferns; 1.  Rivalina Fuimaono, 2. Shivanthi Anthony, 3. Jessica Verdon, 4. Ella James, 5. Sophie Williams, 6. Dayna Manak, 7. Hannah Kraakman, 8. Tilly James, 9. Torijan Lyne-Lewis, 10. Hannah Robert, 11. Britney-Lee Nicholson, 12. Mikaela Boxall, 13. Leah Gubb, 14. Maxine Cooper. Coach Nic Downes

Trans Pacific Futsal Cup
BayPark Arena, Tauranga
September 14
Futsal Ferns v New Caledonia 6pm
Futsal Whites v New Caledonia 8pm
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