Young Pararoos eye Dutch clash at IFCPF

The Australian Under-19 Paralympic 7-a-side team, the Young Pararoos, have made history this week by competing for the first time at the IFCPF U-19 World Championships in England.

The Young Pararoos will finish this International Federation of Cerebral Palsy Football tournament against the Netherlands on Saturday after a big 10 days. 

The team trained for the very first time together late last week before opening the tournament against a strong Scotland outfit in Nottingham on Tuesday.

The Aussies fought bravely in their debut match against the powerful Scots, with captain Ryan Kinner and Matthew Hearne impressing in an 8-0 opening round defeat.

Australia backed up on Wednesday against world number one side Russia and the young Aussies pushed their far more experienced opponents with a dogged display.

The Russians emerged with a hard-fought 4-0 victory, with Harrison Dowdell particularly impressive for the Aussies.

Young Pararoos in action in England.

Australia were forced to play their third game in three days on Thursday but it didn’t show as the Aussies enjoyed a deserved 6-3 victory over Japan.

Mathew Hearne starred in the first half with four goals before Ryan Kinner added a fifth to give Australia a commanding advantage.

Japan pulled two goals back early in the second half before Gordon Allan extended Australia’s advantage to put the game beyond doubt.

Young Pararoos Squad

  • Matthew Hearne (NSW)         
  • Robert Christie (QLD)           
  • Gordon Allan (NSW)               
  • Jack Starkey (NSW)               
  • Taylor Harvey (SA)             
  • Nicholas Prescott (WA)               
  • Harrison Dowdell (NSW)               
  • Shaun McCann (NSW)                    
  • Zachary Jones (NSW)                 
  • Nelson Gray (VIC)                     
  • Hayden Bognar (VIC)                   
  • Ryan Kinner (Captain - SA)        
  • Christian Tsangas (VIC)