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Futsal: Alys Hinchcliffe of Northop Hall impresses as Australians win Flintshire tournament

IT’S not a great time to be an antipodean sports team touring the UK what with the Australians failing spectacularly to regain cricket’s fabled Ashes, but the Radford College futsal team from Canberra managed to restore some national pride with victory in a competition at Deeside Leisure Centre.

Northop Hall girls hosted the under 16s contest, which featured two home teams, two from Prestatyn girls and two teams from the Australian capital.

With the tourists boasting a number of international futsal players the Welsh clubs knew this was going to be a tough tournament.

All sides faced each other once in a round robin format to decide on the finalists.

Northop Hall Girls B won all bar one of their matches, that being a 0-0 draw against Radford College A.

Northop Hall Girls A claimed a win and a draw over Prestatyn Girls but slipped up against Radford College, losing 2-1 to the A side and drawing 1-1 with the B team.

By the end Northop Hall Girls B topped the standings, placing them in the final against Radford College B.

But it proved to be a game too far as the Aussies defeated their hosts 7-2 to lift the trophy.

One consolation for Hall was the selection of Alys Hinchcliffe by the Australian coaches as player of the tournament.