Goal-scoring machine

TOP EFFORT: Keaa Parrish will play futsal in America and Brazil next year.
TOP EFFORT: Keaa Parrish will play futsal in America and Brazil next year. Luke Mortimer

WHILE her brother "chased butterflies around the backyard", three-year-old Keea Parrish was more interested in sharpening her fledgling soccer skills.

Now, 11 years on, the 14-year-old Trinity Catholic College student has been selected to represent the under-16 and under-18 Australian futsal teams in Brazil and America.

It's certainly well-deserved - at the National School Futsal Championships, held in September, Keea racked up an impressive 26 goals over seven games.

And this was less than a year after she started playing the indoor variant of traditional soccer.

Keea said she was over the moon to hear of her selection.

"I've always wanted to do it - it's my dream," she said.

"I can't wait to travel and compete. It's going to be so amazing."

When asked what other sport she has competed in, Keea said "mostly everything".

"I used to play 9am netball, then 10am soccer right after," she said.

"I love soccer and Futsal has just come into it.

"Since I started my footwork has gotten so much better. I'm so glad I started playing."

Keea said futsal is "better for your footwork because the ball rolls more easily and won't stop".

"You can do some more tricky stuff," she explained.

Keea said she never expected to make the Australian team, but her coach, Damien Parker, believed she could do it.

"He'd always say I would get there, but I never believed him," she said.

"He's been really good for me and I thank him so much."

When asked where she sees herself in a decade, Keea said she hopes to be travelling around with the Australian football team.

"That would be awesome travelling around with the Socceroos," she said.

Currently, Keea is tossing up whether to take up the under-16 or 18 representation, as her schooling and other factors prevent her from filling both roles.

At this stage, she will likely head to America with the under-18 side in July, 2015.

Parker, Australian Futsal's regional development officer, said he noticed Keea's potential the moment she joined competition.

"She's very determined and just loves it. She's always got a ball in her hand," he said.

 

Futsal Facts

Futsal comes from the Portuguese futebol de salão - translated as 'hall football'.

Five-a-side football played on a smaller field (mainly indoors).

Played with a smaller ball with less bounce.

Unlimited substitutions are allowed.

Has an emphasis on ball control, improvisation, creativity and technique.



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