BY Taromane Martin
THE Junior Kurukuru U-17 futsal team has won their second friendly match yesterday as they continue with preparations for the OFC U-17 qualifiers.
The squad arrived safely in Sydney on Thursday and is settling in well at the Dural Sports Center according to Team Manager and Chaplin Pastor Nacaneili Seru.
“Yes we arrived safely on Thursday night and are settling in well. Pastor Brian as usual was waiting at the airport with a fatherly smile giving a big welcome for the team with a big hug to each one of us,” Pr Seru told Sun SPORTS yesterday.
“The boys started playing their frat session this morning and they enjoyed. The two coaches were happy with the session in the mornings.
After defeating Dural Warriors U-16 futsal team 4-1 on Friday thanks to two goals each from Raphael Leai and Travis Sau the Junior Kurukurus followed that victory with a 10-4 win over Dural Warriors youth team in their second friendly match yesterday.
Team Manager Pastor Nacaneili Seru said the boys performed exceptionally well in their second friendly match saying the team is in good spirit in their preparations for the qualifiers.
“The size of the court in Dural is totally different from our court back at home and it’s really good to be here in Dural for training and friendly matches before flying to Auckland next week,” Pr Seru said.
““Head coach Stanley Puiarana was happy with his boy’s achievement and said that there is still more room for improvement.
“Our 10 days in Dural will be of great help towards our preparation for the youth OFC qualify on 4th to 8th of October.
“The team is in a good spirit, as the boys have developed a good relationship with each other. They are taking every moment serious and they want to thank everyone who has given their support one way or another. Go solo go and to God be the Glory,” Seru adds.
The Junior Kurukurus yesterday took time out from their trainings to attend a general church service at the Dural Baptist Church in Sydney.
“After the church service they gave me the opportunity to preach and the boys also sung in the general service at the sports center where Dural Baptist Church also has their church services,” Seru adds.