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Andrew kicking goals

Tuesday, 13th August, 2019

Andrew Anderson with his Under 15s Futsal shirt next to grandmother Sue O’Neill. PICTURE: Supplied Andrew Anderson with his Under 15s Futsal shirt next to grandmother Sue O’Neill. PICTURE: Supplied

By Callum Marshall

Broken Hill-born Andrew Anderson has been making waves in the country’s youth futsal setup as well as his local soccer club.

A player for the Adelaide soccer club Para Hills Knights, Andrew took part in the Montesilvano Futsal Cup in Italy in June, in which he played for the national under 15s side. 

He was the only South Australian player picked for the team but made a big impression, with his grandmother, Broken Hill local Sue O’Neill, proud of her grandson’s efforts.

“He got picked to play for Australia and he’s only 14,” she said.

“It was a good experience for him and we’re very proud of him being over there.

“They lost their first game but won the next one, coming from behind 4-0 and winning 6-4.

“Andrew got a hat trick (in that game) and was presented with the soccer ball they played with.”

She said her grandson was training hard at the moment with important games coming up during the year and nationals on again in January.

“He has a bit of extra training with some of the older boys,” said Sue.

“He plays soccer and trains three times a week in Adelaide for Para Hills Knights.

“He’s got something again in October (for futsal), (where he’ll) go to Sydney to play another game and then he’s got nationals again in January. 

“Then he’s off to Italy again sometime next year.

“I haven’t seen him since he’s been back but I’m hoping to go and see him (soon), and I’m also hoping to go...to Sydney in October to watch him play.

But it wasn’t just in futsal where Andrew was turning heads, said Sue.

“Apparently they had scouts out and they were looking at him (play) before he left (for Italy in June),” she said.

“I think he’s got the option (to play) in either England, Brazil or Italy, that’s if he accepts it. 

“They spoke to his parents but it’s up to Andrew.”

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