Australian futsal player Sam Ballschmieter.
Australian futsal player Sam Ballschmieter. Rob Williams

Slammin' Sam setting goals

WHEN it comes to scoring goals, Sam Ballschmieter is a player you want on your side.

Being chosen for trips to China and the United States this year showed he was highly regarded in school futsal.

The Riverview teenager's most recent success was captaining the St Peter Claver open team that won the Australasian Champion of Champion title at Beenleigh.

His goal-scoring prowess makes you stop and take notice.

At this year's school nationals in Townsville, Ballschmieter scored 18 goals in nine games representing Queensland City.

At the Australasian Champion of Champion tournament, he netted 17 goals in nine games.

"I'm not afraid to take it to my left foot and have a shot," the skilful 18-year-old said.

"Most defenders will look at a player and say 'he's just a right-footer or he's just a left-footer'.

"I can take it either side and it doesn't matter to me."

Having recently finished year 12, Ballschmieter is entering new representative waters.

Next year he's hoping to juggle study and club futsal commitments to see where his favourite sport takes him.

"I'm hoping to get into a course at university. Depending on how my OP is, I'm looking at medicine or physiotherapy," Ballschmieter said.

"I'm still hoping to play quite regularly both in local competitions and in the greater scheme of things."

Ballschmieter has been chosen to represent Queensland at the club nationals in Sydney next month.

"We will probably do quite well," he said. "It's basically the same team that I had for school nationals earlier this year and we came runners-up in that."

Ballschmieter began playing futsal about 10 years ago after being encouraged by his brother Alister.

He currently plays at the Redbank Collingwood Park Sports Complex and at Ipswich Girls' Grammar School but it was at the Pacific Cup in San Francisco where his passion for futsal reached a new level.

The Vikings All Star representative helped the Australian youth team impress overseas against the United States and Mexico.

After drawing their first game with the United States, the Australians dominated their next three matches.

"We won very convincingly actually," Ballschmieter said. "It was such a good team.

"We ended up scoring something like 25 goals and conceding five."

Thriving on a challenge is why the former St Peter Claver student rates PE his favourite subject but also topped his English and chemistry classes.

In the five-a-side game, he plays the pivot, which is the last defender. "But I do like to get forward and score goals," he said.

His record proves that.



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