Keegan off to Malaysia

FUTSAL player Keegan Hughes heads to Malaysia with an Australian under 11 squad.

The 11-year-old goal keeper was named in the team after representing Manning Futsal at the Australian championships played in Sydney.

He was also named in the five member All Stars squad at the conclusion of the titles. This was voted on by all the team coaches.

Keegan is the Manning River Times-Iguana Sportstar of the Week, earning a $50 open order at Iguana.

His effort in making the All Stars was meritorious considering the Manning side didn't win a match at the nationals.

"Our best effort was against the winners, Victoria. They only beat us 6-5,'' Keegan said.

He's busily saving for his trip to Malaysia where the Australians will play a series of matches, including a game against the Malaysian team, while they'll also have some speciliased training.

Keegan's a busy young man on sporting fields around the area.

He started playing futsal two years ago and was introduced to the game through soccer. He played for Taree Wildcats in last season's southern competition but has been named in the Football Mid North Coast representative 12s as a goalie for this winter. This means he can't play club soccer.

Keegan's looking forward to playing representative football, even though this will require regular trips to Newcastle for matches.

At the moment he's looking forward to the resumption of the Manning junior cricket season, where he's a member of the Old Bar under 14s.

Asked to make a choice Keegan chose soccer over cricket as his preferred sport.

"I've had more success in soccer,'' he said.

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