U-11s finish strongly on opening day of Gold Coast tournament

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The Ricki Herbert Football Academy’s U-11 side overcame a tough start to win their last game on the opening day of Australia’s Premier Invitational Tournament.

Day one of the annual Gold Coast event saw the team play three Australian teams.

After losing the first two games, the academy side bounced back to register their first win.

In the opening game, Murwillumbah beat RHFA 3-1 after the New Zealanders scored first through Shaan Anand.

In the second match, Palm Beach beat RHFA 4-0.

Against Mudgeeraba, RHFA raced to a 4-0 lead before conceding a consolation goal for a final whistle score of 4-1.

Scorers were Jesper Edwards, George Green and Arniv Naiker who scored a brace.

The first day results follow a 5-2 win in a pre-tournament friendly against Ormeau.

Captain Brock Ironside spoke to RHFA Head Coach Kale Herbert before the tournament, saying: “The game against Ormeau was a really cool experience and I enjoyed playing centre mid.

“I can’t wait for the tournament to start and to start playing some good football with my RHFA teammates.

“I’ve set myself a few goals for the tour, I’d like to take my chances in front of goal and achieve most valuable player of the tour.”

Vice Captain George Green said: “The Ormeau game was really good preparation for us all heading into the tournament.

“I can’t wait to play tough teams in the tournament and hopefully come away with some wins.

“I’d like to keep a clean sheet when I’m in goal and score a few goals when I’m out of goal.”

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