South America a great experience
ROCKHAMPTON'S futsal ranks are preparing to boast some Brazilian flair next season.
Rockhampton futsal players Darsy O'Neill, Dylan Monnox and Tom Carroll have returned home this week after a threeweek tour of the South American futsal capital of the world.
Representing the Australian Dal Ponte under-16 national side, the talented trio trained under and played alongside some of the world's best coaches and players at Brazil's Centre of Excellence program.
The Australian team also played seven matches, which included a thrilling 7-6 win after trailing 5-0 at halftime.
Goalkeeper Carroll, who has been in the sport for only four years, said it was a big learning experience.
"They train every day over there,'' Carroll said.
"They live and breath futsal and are very passionate about it.''
For young striker O'Neill, the international experience was a chance to get back into action after spending six months on the sidelines with a broken leg.
All three players gained selection in the touring squad from this year's national championships. A strong Rockhampton contingent will join Queensland Country teams at next year's titles on the Gold Coast from January 6.