Tyran Henningsen won the National Premier League Grand Final with the South West Queensland Thunder last weekend.
Tyran Henningsen won the National Premier League Grand Final with the South West Queensland Thunder last weekend. Zoe Bell

Tyran Henningsen made crowd roar in under 13 NPL grand final

With only a few minutes left on the clock in overtime and the precious seconds ticking away in the most important match of the season, it was local boy Tyran Henningsen whose legendary kick managed to find the back of the net and put his team in the lead.

This year the 13-year-old joined the South West Queensland (SWQ) Thunder under 13s for the first time, the only regional representative with the rest of team made up of boys from Toowoomba.

After finishing second on the ladder separated by goal difference, the Thunder out-skilled ladder leaders Brisbane City defeating them in the NPL Queensland under 13s grand final on Sunday.

"It was bit surreal because at the start season we weren't expected to win the grand final,” Henningsen said.

"I don't think they actually believed they did it,” Tyran's father said.

"It was a lot to take in and I think it's still sinking in for him now.

"When they were taking photos, you could tell they were happy but it was like they hadn't quite processed it yet.”

Tyran Henningsen teammates get surround him after he kicked a goal in extra time in the NPL under13 grand final 22/09/2019.
Tyran Henningsen teammates get surround him after he kicked a goal in extra time in the NPL under13 grand final 22/09/2019. Kevin Farmer

It was an arm wrestle throughout the match with teams unable to be separated, forcing the match into overtime.

After a tense few minutes, it was the young teenager who stood up and scored with five minutes left on the clock.

"They then scored after me to level it again before our goalkeeper scored from 65metres away from one end of the field to the other, winning us the grand final,” Henningsen said.

"Once I kicked my goal I didn't really know I had done it.

"I just celebrated by going up and down the sideline and then my teammates surround me.”

His dad described it as one of the best celebrations for a while.

Tyran Henningsen has a big goal celebration after kicking a goal in extra time in the NPL under13 grand final 22/09/2019.
Tyran Henningsen has a big goal celebration after kicking a goal in extra time in the NPL under13 grand final 22/09/2019. Kevin Farmer

"He was pretty happy and so were we,” he said.

"I'm pretty sure my heart just about jumped out of my chest.

"It really set the ground alight.

"I don't think I have ever been so proud as I was on Sunday.

"To see him score in a grand final was something unbelievable, especially in extra time - that was unreal.

"Still gives me goosebumps.

"Knowing what sort of kid he is too and how he has had to meet a whole new bunch of people like he had to do his year, it has been really good.”

Henningsen has worked extremely hard to get to where he is today, training five days a week, doing some gym work with Grant Booker and special training sessions with Tim Taylor but all the commitment has paid off.

"It's definitely worth it because it's a better competition,” Henningsen said.

"I'm able to test myself at the highest level.”

Tyran Henningsen in action for South West Queensland Thunder in the NPL under13 grand final 22/09/2019.
Tyran Henningsen in action for South West Queensland Thunder in the NPL under13 grand final 22/09/2019. Kevin Farmer

With the stakes even higher next year as the defending champions, there won't be much rest for Henningsen.

Lots of training is already expected to be happening at home to keep him fit and the gym sessions will continue to work on his growing muscles.

The young football star is also off to Hervey Bay on Sunday were he will compete in the Fraser Coast Joeys Mini World Cup next week.

"I have been included in the Toowoomba Grammar side,” he said.

"It's going to be intense. We are travelling up on Sunday and playing our first game that night.”

With the world at his feet, Henningsen is definitely a talent to keep your eye on.


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