New Zealand off to flying start at world university futsal championships with 7-1 win

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New Zealand’s men’s team are off to a winning start at the FISU World University Championships for futsal, beating Israel 7-1 in their opening group game.

Playing at the UMinho’s Sports Complex in Braga, Portugal, the New Zealanders had seven different scorers.

The side were up 6-0 before Israel could reply.

Meanwhile, Portugal beat Argentina 5-1 in the opening day’s other game.


Game played Tuesday July 19, 2022 (NZT)

New Zealand 7 (Hemi Innes 5′, Tyler Ericksen 8′, Rahan Ali 16′, Logan Wisnewski 22′, Oban Hawkins 24′, Ethan Martin 25′, Jordi Ditfort’)
Israel 1 (Omer Sade 36′)

Group standings

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Photographs: Courtesy of FISU University World Championships.


Next group games:

All dates and times are NZT

Wednesday July 20 (2am): Argentina v New Zealand

Thursday July 21 (5am): Portugal v New Zealand

Men’s squad

Patrick Steele; University of Waikato; WaiBoP
Sean Beresford; Victoria University of Wellington; Capital
Logan Wisnewski*; University of Waikato; WaiBoP
Hamish Grey; Massey University; NRF
Ethan Martin; University of Waikato; WaiBoP
Oban Hawkins*; Otago University; Football South
Jordi Ditfort*; University of Waikato; WaiBoP
Hemi Innes; University of Canterbury; Mainland
Tyler Ericksen; University of Waikato; WaiBoP
Thomas Picken; University of Auckland; NRF
Casey Sharplin; University of Waikato; WaiBoP
Aidan Robson; University of Waikato; WaiBoP
Rahan Ali; Open Polytechnic; Football South
Kyle Wisnewski; University of Waikato; WaiBoP

Non-travelling reserves

Chris Preece
Connor McConchie
Mazen Rabih
Davis Vhavha

* Indicates capped Futsal White

Women’s championships

New Zealand are in a group of three teams, with Poland and Israel.

All dates/times are NZT

Wednesday July 20 (5am): Poland v New Zealand

Thursday July 21 (5am): Israel v New Zealand

Friday July 22 (TBA): Knockout stages begin

READ MORE: Click here for our previous story from the FISU tournament >>>>>

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