Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

{Busy Fenn Plays Hard to Unwind} {Ipswich Futsal Talent Plays Hard to Be Hit with Drums}; from Page 1

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

{Busy Fenn Plays Hard to Unwind} {Ipswich Futsal Talent Plays Hard to Be Hit with Drums}; from Page 1

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Byline: DAVID LEMS

INTERNATIONAL futsal player Scott Fenn has drummed up plenty of goals for his representative teams over the years.

However, it's playing in a band with another major sporting connection that gives Fenn the break he needs from his busy schedule.

Since returning from China, Fenn has been drumming in a covers band called Golden Child - fittingly named after former Ipswich Grammar School student and Australian rugby player Berrick Barnes.

Berrick's brother Jock - a guitarist and dedicated rower - knew Fenn at IGS. So when Fenn returned from an eight-month futsal stint in China, the Yamanto-based all-rounder jumped at the chance to play hard in something different.

The only problem was he hadn't been in a band before.

But with the same vigour he injects into futsal, Fenn rose to the challenge, teaming with Jock and the other band members.

Golden Child now gigs regularly at venues around Ipswich, Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast.

That excites the Ipswich sportsman who is also trying to finish his engineering degree and who is preparing to represent Queensland at the US futsal nationals in July.

"It's an outlet. It's what I do to relax," Fenn said of the band.

However, while Golden Child offers a calming weekend pursuit for Fenn, training for and playing futsal through the week is still a priority.

In China, Fenn played about 50 games in the professional national league for Chengdu - a university side he was studying with.

He averaged a goal a game and was happy with his efforts except for one incident - when his parents Paul and Meggs came over to watch.

"We had seven games to play while they were there and the first game, I got a red card and a six-game suspension," Fenn said.

However, the 185cm, 75kg Fenn maintains he was hard done by after copping the penalty for "starting a melee". …

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