Australia was well represented at the gay and lesbian soccer World Cup Boston 2003 on the grounds of Harvard University, with a Sydney team taking the silver medal in the Men’s division two competition.
Neil O’Donnell from the Sydney Rangers told the Star the team got off to a slow start, after meeting four of their team-mates (a group from Japan) on the day of their first match.
The Rangers got their act together by the quarter finals, beating Boston 2-1 and New York 8-1, before getting beaten by Florida in the grand final.
Towards the end it was a really strong team, O’Donnell said.
We played fair and we had a lot of support because of that by the end of the tournament.
The International Gay and Lesbian Football Association event attracted teams from France, Canada, Australia and a combined team from South American countries, who won the first division competition.
It has been a winning few weeks for the Sydney Rangers, whose indoor team won its grand final the night before the players flew out to Boston.
The next international event will be held in San Francisco in August 2004.