Rik Christiansen plays for the Melons every Tuesday at the Mudgee PCYC

DIE MANNSCHAFT: Germany's Rik Christiansen has made his mark on Mudgee's indoor soccer tournament. Photo: Jake Humphreys
DIE MANNSCHAFT: Germany's Rik Christiansen has made his mark on Mudgee's indoor soccer tournament. Photo: Jake Humphreys

Apart from competing for the Paragon Hotel trophy every Tuesday, Rik Christiansen is backpacking throughout Australia and has made camp in Grattai to work as an Au pair.

He arrived from Germany six months ago and has been saving money before he leaves the region on December 22 to tour the rest of the country.

“It’s different than Germany but it’s nice,” he said.

“It’s the countryside that it’s all about so it’s a good opportunity to work here.”

Christiansen plays for the Melons who are one of seven teams competing in a weekly indoor soccer competition at the PCYC.

After wrapping up in November, tournament organiser Craig Mitchell decided to kick start another competition less than a month later.

The Melons lost the grand final to Starchem in the last tournament and on Tuesday the two teams met again in the second round of the new schedule.

Rik and the Melons flipped the script with a 6-5 win, cementing themselves as the team to beat this time around.

In the other match, Mudgee Bearings United defeated the Behrs 6-2, while a scheduled match between the Hornets and the Property shop was cancelled.