by Reece Chambers
Futsal captain Ryan Dabbs was clearly disappointed with his side’s exit from the Futsal BUCS Championships last weekend but insists that his side has had a successful season on the whole.
After a second-placed finish last season, Dabbs and his side were hoping to go one better this year and lift the prestigious BUCS Championship title at St George’s Park. However, the side came up short in a 2-6 defeat against the University of Nottingham last Sunday in Talybont Sports Village.
In what was an important game in the BUCS Championships competition, the University of Nottingham visited Cardiff and came out as impressive winners. On the topic of last week’s opponents, Dabbs was impressive with their overall quality.
“I think we came up against a team who were well drilled and took their chances when they came and we didn’t… you could tell they train a lot because they were doing lots of different tactics we weren’t necessarily used to, and they’re generally a good team,” said Dabbs of the University of Nottingham’s Futsal team.
The defeat for the team finishes their season off rather abruptly with a quarter-final appearance and second-placed league position to their name. For Dabbs, though, this season has been another one in which the side has overachieved.
“We are disappointed to not progress further but when you put it into perspective we’ve probably overachieved the last 3 season including this one,” said Dabbs.
“Only training once a week doesn’t help, especially when we play against teams solely futsal focussed so when you look at it like that generally we’ve done well to finish 2nd and get a 1/4 final place.”
The need for a sense of perspective is a useful tool after a disappointing exit in a cup competition, and Dabbs epitomises that very notion. His side’s development over the season has not gone unnoticed and they have certainly reaped the rewards, most notably in the shape of a quarter-final appearance.
As one of the University’s highest-achieving sporting teams, they will be eager to improve as a team next year in both league and cup. This proves most resonant with Dabbs who doesn’t want to miss opportunities when the next campaign comes around.
“Next season we will push for the league because we’ve started quite slowly the last 2 years. I don’t think Sunday will be thought of all that much, because most of us were thinking of getting to the final like we did last year.
“It’s disappointing but it’ll still give us some more experience to take away for next year to hopefully do better.”
Having reached the final of the BUCS Futsal Championship in the last two consecutive years, the Futsal team will be looking to make up for this season’s quarter-final defeat with a challenge for the title next season.
The defeat in the BUCS Championship is the end of a long season for the Futsal team. However, a large proportion of the Futsal team who play in Cardiff University Football team will be looking to defeat fierce rivals Swansea on April 10.