De Melo compares Futsal to Chess

Futsalroos Recover at SINIS After Game One: Ethan De Melo Reflects and Looks Ahead

The Futsalroos recently kicked off their PacificAus Sports Futsal Series 2024 with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Kurukuru. After the intense match, the team spent Thursday morning at the Solomon Islands National Institute of Sport (SINIS) for a recovery session.

Team Physiotherapist Rick Whitehead expressed his gratitude for the top-class facilities at SINIS, which included the use of compression boots and ice baths. The SINIS spokesperson also welcomed international teams like the Futsalroos to access their amenities, highlighting the importance of international partnerships and collaboration.

One standout player from the Futsalroos, Ethan De Melo, scored the first goal in the match against Kurukuru and shared his excitement about the achievement. De Melo, who comes from a futsal family background, is also passionate about coaching and inspiring the next generation of players.

Apart from his futsal skills, De Melo is known for his prowess in another game – chess. The team has been engaging in chess matches during their downtime, using it as a way to bond and strategize, much like they do on the futsal court.

Looking ahead to the upcoming matches in the series, De Melo is eager to continue improving as a team and prepare for future competitions like the AFC Futsal Asian Cup. The PacificAus Sports Futsal Series is part of the Australian Government’s initiative to promote sports exchange and collaboration between Pacific and Australian athletes.

Fans can catch the Futsalroos in action in the remaining matches of the series, with live-streaming available on the Solomon Islands Football Federation’s Facebook page. The team is looking forward to more exciting matches and further opportunities to grow and learn together as a team.

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