At a regional qualifier for the Venezuela national goalball championships this weekend in Valencia, Selección Trujillana de Goalball finished third and now have the opportunity to defend their national title being held from November 29 to December 13.
The team went through group play undefeated, easily dispatching their opponents: Anzoategui by a score of 10 – 0, Aragua by a score of 21 – 12 and Yaracuy by a score of 11 – 1. With four total groups of four, top two teams in each group automatically qualified for the second around along with the two best third place finishing teams. In this round, Trujillana showed no mercy in defeating their competitors Distrito Capital by a score of 10 – 0. The win advanced them through to the semifinals, and automatic qualification to the national championships, the team’s goal in coming to the competition.
In the semifinals, Trujillana met the team from Zulia. Trujillana eventually went down in a close game that ended 11 – 9 in favor of eventual tournament champions Zulia. The team finished in third.
The event was part of the Juegos Deportivos Paranacionales, and this year’s event is the second edition of the competition. Selección Trujillana de Goalball won the 2011 Venezuelan national championships held in Lara. The team is hoping to repeat their success. Coach María Cardona came to the competition with all but one of the team members from the original championship team: Jonathan Rivas, Omar Barreto, Santiago Matheus, Wílmer Briceño, and Dixón Briceño. The new member of the team was Juan Carlos Cegarra, taking the place of Francisco González.