With the NSW Futsal Premier League season only a week away we though we would go and have a look at how all the Premier League clubs are shaping up and give a Futsal4all prediction for the new season.
In what will be another very close competition last seasons top two clubs are predicted to once again finish one two.
The Sydney City Eagles seem to be the stand-out side coming into the season. Signing from the Western Raiders is the very talented Paul Katsetis who is one of the real great up coming talents in the sport. Paul along with young star Robbie Perre and the current unknown Kevin Ly are a trio of fantastic young Futsal players. These names alone should guarantee the Eagles a top two finish.
Mascot Vipers are our tip for second position. The Vipers after a Grand final appearance last season should once again be strong and should be the side that pushes the Eagles the hardest.
To round out the top four, last seasons NSW coach Manny Duarte’s Hawkesbury Commodores should be right up there after making some very astute pre season signings. This includes a number of the all conquering PCYC u/10s outdoor side. In our opinion the Western Raiders should round out the semi finalists. Keanu Baccas is in great form and after his sensational showing in the 5 Star Pre Season tournament the youngest of the very talented Baccas brothers should steer the Raiders finish in the top 4. If the teams pre season form is anything to go by an even better finish isn’t out of the question.
F4A Grandfinal Prediction: Sydney City Eagles vs Mascot Vipers.
In what could be one of the hardest fought age groups in the entire league there are any of three separate clubs that have legitimate Championship aspirations. The Mascot Vipers are one of those.
Last seasons Premiers have managed to retain the majority of last seasons squad and have improved again. The retention of Giancarlo Callifouco and Dylan Vorster both NSW Thunder team members will hold the squad in good stead and should give the team some quality which could see the Vipers win something in this age group this season. Having already played three trial games the squad has amassed over 50 goals.
Like the u/12s the Sydney City Eagles will once again be battling the Vipers for end of season honours. Last seasons Champions coached by the enigmatic Roy Perre will again be right up there and with names such as Josh Da Silva in their line up there should be no reason why the Eagles cant go into the competition feeling very confident.
The third of the big three is Campelltown City Quake. Quake were the winners of the 5 Star Pre Season tournament and any side with star Patrick Antelmi is in with a chance to win any game.
Along with Antelmi, Quake have the current u/12s M.V.P Shannon Fielding in their line up and those two young lads should see the Quake pushing for a top 4 finish. How far Quake go into the competition will depend on how the squad will go once the teams star Antelmi heads over to England in the new year.
4th spot however is extremely open.
Inner West and Sydney Magic would be the next two teams in line to grab that coveted last semi final position. Inner West led by Futsalroo Captain Lachlan Wright have retained the majority of their semi final side from last season which should leave them in good stead whilst Magic with former M.V.P Alex Doyle and the signing from Sydney City of Andres Vais might just be enough to give them the edge in the race for the 4th position.
4FA Grandfinal Prediction: Mascot Vipers vs Sydney City Eagles.
The under 13 girls like last season should be another very close competition.
The Hawkesbury Commodores should once again be strong this season. Led by mainstay Zoran Pavlicic and daughter and star player Kristy Pavlicic once again donning a Commodores jersey, along with Lizzy Ralston player her 3rd season in the 13 Girls comp the team from Hawkesbury should be Grand finalists once again.
Sydney City Eagles only just missed the Grandfinal last season, losing in penalties to Campelltown City Quake but this year there shouldn’t be a repeat of that, as the Eagles on paper look to be a very very strong side and even the title wouldn’t be a shock come seasons end. Melissa Caceras one of the best young female players going around today will once again be in the black and white of the Eagles whilst Alana Kennedy has also flown into the Eagles den via Campelltown.
The Inner West Allstars should also have high aspirations with prize new recruit Sarah Yatim from the Western Raiders wearing the navy and gold of the Home Bush based club. Yatin alone won the Raiders many points last season and it shouldn’t be much different come the new season.
4th place should be a battle of Yatims old club the Western Raiders and Sydney Magic PCYC. The Raiders have also gone down Campbelltown way to find new players with young sister of Matilda Leena Khamis, Shamiran, last seasons Goalkeeper of the year joining the Westerners.
The Magic the 5 Star Pre Season champion side led by Alysse Tasevski and Georgia Klapos should be an improved side on last seasons second last position and could easily have a say in this years proceedings.
4FA Grandfinal Prediction: Hawkesbury Commodores vs Sydney City Eagles
The Under 16s should be one the most exciting age groups in the entire competition. The talent which will be on show almost every week is nothing short of sensational and so it makes this age group one of the hardest to pick a top 4 for.
The Sydney City Eagles will without doubt start the season as almost unbackable favourites. The brilliant Dimitri Petratos will once again reign supreme for the Eagles and will be supported by Bernie Ibini Isei who are a wonderful one two combination. Add to the Eagles new signings Daniel Castrogiovanni and last seasons u/16 goal keeper of the year in Andrew Mercuri from Inner West and the return of Joey Mitchell Mallia and you can see why the Eagles will be almost unbeatable.
Sydney Magic PCYC should be the Eagles biggest threat this season. Led again by coach Carmine Bortone the return of stars George Khoury and David Talevski and last seasons Golden Boot and M.V.P double winner Jake Mason should no doubt give Magic the firepower to compete with the Eagles.
The Inner West Allstars led by Futsalroo Adrian Vizzari is another side that has another big name in their ranks and that is of Shervin Adeli. At only 16 years of age Adeli has already played along side his Futsalroo team mates in the Allstar Mens side and has even broken into the NSW Mens Thunder side. Along side Adeli will be Emi Moustafa, another long term state representative.
F4A will take a punt and go with the West City Crusaders as our pick for the 4th and final semi finalist in the u/16s. The Crusaders under the guidance of ex New Zealand National team coach Erkin Osman won last seasons Premiership Championship double going undefeated along the way. That being the case and good player recruitment and a season under their belt, we wouldn’t be surprised to see this being the Crusaders best performing team, and the side from Penrith led my last seasons Golden Boot Klime Fekutkovski and Kerim Kumsuz should really pushing the more fancied sides in the age group potentially securing a Grand final birth.
F4A Grand Final Prediction: Sydney City Eagles vs Sydney Magic PCYC
Whilst you can never be certain of many things come futsal season, the Sydney Magic PCYC 16 Girls look certainties to take out this seasons u/16 girls.
Coach Matteo Maiorana has assembled what may be the best young female team to ever compete in the competition. Last seasons dual award winner Natasha Lo Giudice will once again be the focal point for the Magic and this season will have young Matilda and former Allstar Jenna Kingsley helping her score the goals this season which could the best young strike force in the land. With the signatures of former and now defunct Liverpool Fusion duo in Helen Petinos and Juliana Dundovic, its going to take something or a very special team to get one over the Magic this season.
The West City Crusaders are one the teams that will give the Magic their biggest challenge. Led by Doris Osman the daughter of Former Futsalroo Erkin Osman and Captain Rebecca Allen the Crusdaders are a squad on the rise and their early and good preseason form are a testament to that. Their superb victory over another competition heavyweight in the Western Raiders should have the Crusaders feeling confident.
Western Raiders will definitely have a say though and with the recruitment of former Magician Stephanie Haaring and Ivana Bojovanic from the Commodores along with Institute player Liz O Rielly the Raiders should also be fighting out for a top two position.
The Inner West Allstars have also made some astute signings in the offseason, none more so than the signing of Amanda Horafios. Formally of Vipers and Magic fame, Horafios should give the Allstars that extra bite in defence. After 2 brilliant seasons in goals a lot of the Allstar hopes will lay with the talented goalkeeper and that of Elanor Rug. Youngster Sarah Yatim will also be called upon to spearhead the Allstar Attack.
The always powerful Hawkesbury Commodores should also feature at the business end of the season.
F4A Grandfinal Prediction: Sydney Magic PCYC vs Western Raiders.
Last season the Western Raiders bucked the trend and stopped the strange hold of Campelltown Quake, Sydney Magic, Inner West Allstars and Sydney City Eagles in their continual hogging of the top four positions in this age group. The Raiders went all the way to the big dance. Can they repeat and go as far again ?
Well anything is possible in this seasons Youth Mens Competition. The only assurances we here at F4A is that Campelltown Quake and Inner West Allstars will finish top two. Anything less than a top two finish for either club will be deemed a disappointment as they are the two standout squads.
Quake will go into the competition as unbackable favourites. They have won the competition the competition for the past two seasons and this year should make it the hat trick. The return of former Central Coast Mariner Ian Mc Andrew and the signings of Ediz Alpkaya from Magic and David Von Dinklage from Inner West should make this and even more formidable side then in previous seasons. The mercurial Mark Symmington will also be plying his trade in the purple and orange again this season but the side will have to make do without their leader for the first few weeks as Symmington is in England.
The Inner West Allstars have a new face at the helm with Damian Baker getting the lead role as coach for this season. Baker will have the majority of Plumpton players who made the semi finals in the Mens Winter Super League competition at his disposal including Kane Wright and the brilliant Daniel Fogarty. Fogarty who came of age last season will hope the form that has seen him rise to NSW Mens Thunder team calculations will continue and lead the Allstars to a minimum Grandfinal appearance. Along side these two talented boys will be youngster 16 year old Shervin Adeli who will command minutes in the youth team having already played minutes within the Mens set up as well as Allstar mainstays and senior team members Dario Espejel and Sebastian Petralito.
That clash between Inner West and Campbelltown is already one marked on our calendars as a “cant wait”. Anyone else in the competition will have legitimate thoughts they can take the bottom two semi final positions.
Our tip for 3rd are the Young Eagles from Sydney City. This team will be the youngest Youth side to compete this season but will be one of the most talented. The side will be made up of the all conquering u/16 boys side from last season. Aron Cimitile, Jamal Saliba and Harrick Sinapaespth will lead the side and the return “home” from Sydney Magic of the brilliant Kerryn Baccas should give the side enough continuity to make the semis. Full congratulations go to the Eagles for sticking true to their talented youngsters.
Like third, 4th position is also very open.
Magic are very much up there, led by FNSW goalkeeper of the year of the past 2 years Roberto Maiorana the return of Albert Crocco and the signing of Rizwan Bawani should see the Magic up there.
Our tip for 4th position are the Mascot Vipers. The Vipers will be the quiet achievers this season but this team can play. Having had 3 trial games so far the impressive side have played some delightful futsal and have amassed a small mountain of goals. Led by last seasons u/16 Player of the year Pat Disalvo and the classy Mitchell Stamatellis the Vipers will surprise many sides this season and are therefore our tip to take the 4th position.
The Magic, Raiders, Crusaders and Commodores could all make the top 4 such is the closeness of this years competition.
4FA Grandfinal Prediction: Campelltown City Quake vs Inner West Allstars.
This seasons Open Womens competition is going to be one of the closest and most competitive in history.
The inception of the new W League hasn’t made it any easier to select a potential winner in fact it has actually made it harder.
Pre W League our thoughts on the top four would’ve gone something like this : The Western Raiders like last season were the outright favourites for the Winners trophy once again but the loss of names such as Ledbrook, Gilbert, Brogan and Khamis would decimate any team. The squad will rely on young guns Britt Simmons a former young Matilda and Chanel Turner previously from last seasons finalists Liverpool Fusion and Alicia Cavangnah to lead them to the semis.
Sydney Magic PCYC would’ve liked their chances to take out the competition with Matildas Servet Uzunlar and Teresa Polias in their squad.
Sydney City will be without their main player maker in Jodie Bain while Campelltown Quake have lost Stephanie Haim to the same competition and Caitlin Jarvie to injury.
Post W league announcement the Mascot Vipers are now installed as competition favourites along with the Inner West Allstars. Both sides have recruited extremely well in the offseason with the Vipers managing to snare the signatures of last seasons Goal Keeper of the year Antonella Oliva and also that of Hayley Buckingham. Another name to watch out for this season for the Vipers is that of former Young Matilda Catherine Cannulli. Cannulli will be relied upon along with Elycce Goss to score the goals for the Vipers while the Allstars are another side that have been extremely busy in the off season sealing the signatures of four members of last seasons Grandfinalists Liverpool Fusion with two of those, Nichole Laws and Renee Tomkins returning to their former club.
A third member of that squad Tani Rosekelly, will replace Oliva in goals.
In our opinion this is the hardest competition to call in regard to naming a top four as any of the 8 clubs could feature.
Magic the Winter League Champions, have the most influential player in the game in last seasons MVP Natalie Spirovski and with new signings Clare Tyson and Nina Blundell and an already fantastic young cast should be in contention come seasons end.
The same can be said about the experienced Sydney City Eagles. The loss of Jodie Bain however will be a major blow as will the long term injury to Fabiana Perfillio. The side has brought back club stalwart Amanda Bowering and with the dangerous Effie Radopolous wearing the black and white this season the Eagles might just be able to take that last top 4 spot.
The West City Crusaders, last seasons Super League Premiers and Champions will also turn a few heads with star player Laura Elliot and goal keeper Melissa Khoury forming a great partnership which should allow the Crusaders to win more games then they lose.
Campelltown City Quake were another side that was expected to go close to winning the competition such was their form in the Winter Super league but the loss of the experienced Amanda Bowering and that of two of the best young attackers in the game in Stephanie Haim and Caitin Jarvie has the Quake girls rocking. Whilst still having Clare Walsh, Leesa Thompson and Sarah Semaan in the side, the team now lacks the attacking depth of the other teams.
And finally the Hawkesbury Commodores. The Commodores are the dark horse of the competition and if the side gets their best players on the court continually these girls could even take out the competition. Hawkesbury signed another two of last seasons Fusions girls in target Samantha Muscat and pivot Kathryn Mladineo whilst the signing of Ashleigh Connor will have the Commodores supporters in raptures. The retention of last seasons u/16 Player of the year Trudy Camilleri should hold the team in great stead.
In what should be the most entertaining season in many years we are going to go out on a limb and say there will only be a matter of a handful of points separating first and last position.
F4A Grand Final Prediction: Mascot Vipers and Inner West Allstars.
The Open Mens competition just like the Open Womens is a very hard to pick as it has been for the past few seasons.
Last seasons Premiers the Sydney City Eagles look to have strengthened their side even further this season with coach Ralph Capasso making some quality off season signings. Marconi player Jason Trifiro and Penrith United star Devrim Hussein have been signed, add them into the mix with Superstar Leo Carle and futsalroos Issac Waddick and Chris Zeballos we cant see many teams beating the Eagles this season. Coach Capasso’s major concern will be come end of the season will his big name outdoor players still be around.
We couldn’t decide on either Sydney Magic or Campelltown City Quake as the second place side so on last seasons finish we went with the Magic.
The defending Champions under the watchful eye of current NSW Thunder coach Jamie Amendolia have done very little in retooling their squad in the offseason with the only notable inclusion is that of former Allstar and former Futsalroo Captain Andrew Nolan. Nolan will bring a vast amount of experience to a very young side which can only help in their quest for a repeat. Futsalroos Peter Spathis and Andrew Paine will again be called upon to lead the young Magic side around the court.
Campelltown City Quake are our tip to be next in line. Any side that has 5 Futsalroos in their squad will be hard to beat. Once again Simon Keith will be their lynch pin whilst youngsters Dean Lockhart and Tuan Cao will need to step and show why they are constantly in the yellow and gold. The Quake have also been quiet in the offseason with their only notable inclusions are that of Heber Carvalho formally of Magic and Daniel Seamaan from Commodores.
Our outside tip for the title and after a number of seasons of poor form the Inner West Allstars should make a return to the top of the pile this year. Ernie Bivona has the reigns this year and the Allstars are the sharpest and hungriest they’ve been for a number of years. Futsalroo terrific duo Adrian Vizzari and Futsalroo Captain Lachlan Wright will again be looked at to spearhead the Homebush based side while James Gullotta in goals is always dependable. The return of Dean Story and Joe Foti will also add a little bit of fire to the belly of a side which has underachieved in past seasons.
The remainder of the competition in our opinion are slight adrift. Hawkesbury Commodores led by the enigmatic Dingwall brothers and the recruitment of Tom Geekie should give the Commodores a little extra whilst the Mascot Vipers and the return of their prodigal son Yavus Ekinci seem to be the best of the rest.
F4A Grandfinal Prediction: Campelltown City Quake vs Inner West Allstars.
F4A are tipping this season to be one of the most intense and fiercely played out competitions since its inception. Full credit must go to the organizers for creating such a great competition and to all the clubs on their effort in making their own club and therefore the competition such a success.
Going by our predictions Semi Finalists numbers will be as follows :
Sydney City Eagles: 7
Sydney Magic PCYC: 6
Inner West Allstars: 5
Mascot Vipers: 4
Campelltwon Quake: 3
Western Raiders: 3
West City Crusaders: 2
Hawkesbury Commodores: 2
Which means every club we are predicting should have a minimum of 2 semi finalists.
Going on these numbers we also believe the Club Championship to determine the best club in the state will once again be a battle of the two competition heavy weights the defending Champions Sydney Magic PCYC and the Sydney City Eagles.
The Magic have without doubt been the most successful club in the past few seasons but we think their status as top club could come to end after three consecutive years at the top and the Eagles from Bankstown will this season reign supreme.
Daylight will separate these top two clubs from their next competitor which we believe will be either Quake or Inner West.
All in all this season promises so much and will probably deliver even more!!
We therefore encourage everyone to get out there and support the clubs, teams and players throughout the upcoming season.