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PFL Second Round kicks off (NSW)

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Things are heating up in the Football NSW State Leagues as the second round of the Premier Futsal League begins this weekend and just six rounds remaining before the finals of the Super Futsal League. The Development panel referees have been pushing the top referees for places in the appointments stakes. The development panel comprises of promising referees under 23 years of age who are on the pathway, striving for bigger and better things. Three such referees have been making regular appearances on senior fixtures and will be on court again this weekend controlling Super Futsal League senior matches. Cameron Bruce will take charge of the vital top five Super League clash between Breakers FC and South Coast Taipans at the Sydney Academy of sport with Wayne Ranson teaming up in the combination that controlled the Men’s final at the Football NSW State Titles. Darren Allatt will work with Khodr Yaghi at Emerton Leisure Centre as Greater Western Sydney Vikings host Sydney University while Nicholas Backo comes off the National Youth League lines at Sydney FC and joins Dougie Hendry at Marrickville PCYC for the clash between Sydney Benfica and Enfield Rovers. Other development group referees have been learning their …

Game three Futsal International Friendly Series vs Russian FC Doctor

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An enthusiastic crowd of around 200 people gathered at the Michael Wenden Centre to see if the NSW Thunder could repeat the triumph of the previous night over the Russian touring team, FC Doctors. From the outset it was easy to see that the visitors had learnt some of the lessons from the first game by setting up a very compact defensive zone around their “D” area. This tactic, coupled with some early turnovers from the locals, meant that it took NSW until the 13th minute to get on the scoreboard when Toby Seeto finished off a very slick move tapping in at the far post. FC Doctors showed some good touches on the ball but they were always put under pressure by the younger and more mobile Thunder boys. When World Cup referee Scott Kidson blew for half time the locals held a 2 – 0 advantage with Ross Fazzalaro having scored with a very good shot from a tight angle; the score line was kept at reasonable levels due to some very good saves by Karpov, the Russian goalkeeper and lacklustre shooting by the locals. The second half gave us more of the same early on with the …

Solomon Islands Futsal League in final stages

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The finals of the Honiara Futsal League has taken place with the 3rd place playoffs for men’s divisions 1 and 2 being played yesterday and today. The finals for all remaining categories will be played on Saturday 29 November. The presentation for all categories will take place straight after the Men’s Division 1 final. All fans and supporters of futsal are encouraged to go down and enjoy the excitement of watching at the Multi-purpose Hall. Today’s game at 3pm will see Makuru taking on Kossa for third place play off in the men’s category. Source : Solomon Star Published : 28/11/2008

Townsville school Ryan reigns supreme at national futsal titles (QLD)

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Ryan Catholic College’s dominance in the under-14 level at the recent Australasian futsal championships on the Gold Coast has two students poised for international honours. The Townsville school blasted its way through the group stages with strong wins against Saint Andrews from Cairns (10-1), Robina (2-0) and Gympie (7-3) as well a hard fought battled with Albany Creek which ended 2-1 in Ryan’s favour. They again dusted Gympie 7-3 in the semi-finals to set up another showdown with Albany Creek in the decider. But instead of another tense encounter, Ryan demolished the southern Queenslanders with four goals in the opening five minutes to pave the way for a bruising 7-2 win. A team of five were selected from all teams in the tournament to join the All-Star side, with Ryan’s twin attacking threats Maggie Dwyer and Bethaney Lawrence both making the cut. Co-coach Mark Burgess was ecstatic to seal the result in such emphatic fashion after Albany Creek pushed them so hard in the group stages. “After winning all the other games they were a bit worried they would come undone in the final but they blew them away, they played brilliantly,” he said. “It definitely is a big achievement, …

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“The Stig” roll on (TAS)

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Well we’re half way through Tasmania’s premier futsal youth roster, being the Vikings Futsal twilight comp held on a Wed night at the Hockey Center and “The Stig” have made it seven from seven, scoring an impressive 81 goals while conceding just 6, one would expect them to perform well being the nucleus of the state team that won the National school titals in Dandenong and all bar one attend the Vikings Futsal Academy run by Corey Smith. But its the way the boys play the game that impresses the most, the composure in possesion and the patiance and determination in defence really stands out regardless of the score. They are not definately not playing weak sides as most oponents contain State and Academy players and teams with over age players. Most games will see teams from other age groups watching the boys play and hopfully learning from the way they get the job done. They still have to get over some very good teams in the second half of the roster but standing on the sideline I wonder who will be able to stop them with Trey Angus Josh D and Alex giving them so many options in attack …

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Game two Futsal International Friendly Series vs. Russian FC Doctor (NSW)

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In Game two of the International Futsal Friendly Series a crowd of around 300 turn out at Marrickville to watch NSW vs. FC Doctor (Russia). It was NSW Thunder’s turn to take on the touring Russians. With seven current Futsalroos on display for the NSW Thunder it was always going to be hard for FC Doctor. Both sides started the match slowly with neither side able to hold possession, NSW settled first and took the lead with a well worked goal. Some of the movement from the Thunder side was too much for the Russians to handle and NSW extended their lead five minutes later with a scramble inside the “D” which lead to a simple tap in. The Russians tried to continue to play their passing game but the mobile Thunder side was too much for FC Doctor to handle as they conceded three more goals to go into the break five-nil down. The second half the Russians looked like a different team as they tried to play a counter attacking game which nearly worked for them when Michael Alexandrov found himself with only keeper Peter Spathis to beat, Spathis saved nicely for his only real work for the …

Courageous display gives Uni surprise victory (NSW)

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Eighth placed Sydney University gave a fighting and disciplined rear guard performance to defeat the more highly ranked Enfield Rovers 5-4 in an exciting and entertaining round 7 encounter. The game started at a fast pace with both teams testing out goalkeepers Daniel Ingrati from Enfield and Cameron Nascon from Uni. The first goal came in the 6th minute after an Enfield defender lost possession in the own half. This allowed Michael Watson to weave through the defence and guide a low wide shot past the keeper. The lead was consolidated in the 11th minute through an interception by Steve Vargas who dribbled down the left flank and crossed directly to the boot of Ben Hudson who eased the ball into the back of the net. Enfield’s reply came in the 13th minute with a long distance shot from Nick Latsinos to beat the keeper. The equaliser from Enfield came a minute later when keeper Nascon came out of his area to clear a ball but was beaten to the task by a quickly arriving Scott Tonkin. In the blink of an eye the momentum of the game seemed to be running with the Rovers. But to their credit Sydney …

Strong performance keeps Sydney Uni in finals hunt (NSW)

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A strong showing from 6th placed Sydney University has put them in good position to push for a finals spot against a determined Enfield side at Ashfield. Not to be taken lightly, the Rovers started strongly when, in the 3rd minute Courtney received a ball with her back to goal, swiveled quickly and buried her shot past the Uni keeper. On the back foot Uni reasserted themselves into the game when Samantha equalised, slotting the ball past the Rovers keeper. Both teams were working on passing and control, looking to move the ball into gaps and take shots at goal. In the 10th minute Alicia scored to give Uni a 2-1 lead. With impressive play from both sides in a very even tussle, the score remained at 2-1 through to half time. Making the most of their opportunities, in the 5th minute of the second half Sydney Uni took a firm grip on the game when Alicia slammed a goal into the back of the net to give Uni a 3-1 lead. Both keepers were kept on their toes in particular the courageous Enfield keeper as the game swept from end to end. With the tenacious Enfield side trying to …

Vikings NSW North Coast Prime TV Report

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Hastings Regions Development Officer, Alison Fazzolari has feature in a short Futsal promo on Port Macquarie’s Prime TV station. Aired on the 18th of November, the story focused on Futsal as a hole and it’s benefits as a spot in its own right as well as a skill development base for soccer. Alison has received positive feedback & enquires from all over the region, which will not only help the Mid North Coast Blaze but also clubs at Wauchope and up the north coast into the Coffs Harbour Region. The Mid North Coast hope to push on with their PR campaign through varying mediums and are expecting to reap the rewards of their endeavours throughout 2009. See the Video Online here Source : Vikings Northern NSW Published : 27/11/2008

Ipswitch gets new Futsal Club (QLD)

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Futsal Players in Brisbane and surrounding areas are invited to come to the Open Day at Ipswich’s newest Futsal venue. After battling delays in construction due to weather we can finally have the Open Day on this Sunday (30th November), there will be FREE Sausage Sizzle, Roary the Qld Roar mascot will be making a special appearance as well. You are welcome to bring you Futsal shoes and have a kick and try out the new courts. Developed at Swifts Sports Club on the corner of Brisbane and Green Streets Booval the venue has already attracted interest from players and teams to start playing next Wednesday night. Any enquires can be directed to Ian West 0418 796 739 Source : Vikings Queensland Published : 27/11/2008

Vikings Futsal Cup to be Expanded in 2009 (NZ)

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On the back of the first Vikings Futsal Cup held in Christchurch, NZ, the event looks set to grow with more international teams looking to attend. Vikings NZ CEO Paul Wadsworth visited Paraguay recently and meet with officials from Russia, Venezuela, Argentina and Spain. All countries have expressed a great interest in visiting New Zealand for the event in August 2009. Negotiations will continue in the new year with the countries looking to add the tournament to their international program. China, Australia and USA have already confirmed for the event with Philippines likely to return as well. Source : Vikings NZ Published : 27/11/2008

NSW Futsal Teams of the Week

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The latest Teams of the week have been published for the NSW Premier League and Super League… Premier League Mens Team of the Week : GK – Shane Linton (Commodores), Andre Mendes (Crusaders), Yavuz Ekinci (Vipers), Geoff Tunner (Commodores), Chris Zeballos (Eagles) Mens Golden Boot : Yavuz Ekinci 17 goals 7 games, Shane Ardel 8 goals 7 games, Chris Zeballos 8 goals 7 games Womens Team of the Week : GK – Ashley Brown (Quake), Samantha Muscat (Commodores), Alicia Cavanagh (Raiders), Laura Elliott (Crusaders), Catherine Cannuli (Vipers) Womens Golden Boot : Laura Elliott 15 goals 6 games, Kayleigh Koops 9 goals 7 games, Hayley Buckingham 8 goals 6 games Super League Mens Team of the Week : GK – John Myers (Maccabi), Diego Ros (Tigers), Richard Curmi (Pirates), Goran Ljuboja (Sutherland), Shane Souter (Taipans) Mens Golden Boot : Rogerio Teixeira 23 goals 6 games, Robert Foti 14 goals 5 games, Gandhu Kaye 16 goals 6 games Womens Team of the Week : GK – Rebecca Woodroff (Tigers), Linda Capizzi (Vikings), Belinda Seers (Sydney Uni), Bronte Bates (Breakers), Lisa Bailey (Parramatta) Womens Golden Boot : Laura Peters 14 goals 7 games, Belinda Seers 11 goals 6 games, Fatima Agar 11 goals 7 games Source : Football NSW Published : 26/11/2008

Futsal International Friendly Series (NSW)

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International Futsal was back in NSW with the NSW Men’s Lightning side started its preparation for the 2009 Futsal Nationals to be held in Canberra by taking on FC Doctor, a Touring Russian squad. NSW Lighting started well and applied a lot of pressure to the Russians and NSW took the lead in the opening minutes. The visitors replied on six minutes. The Russian squad passed the ball nicely around the court; however the speed of the NSW side was evident with seven unanswered goals. At half time it was a commanding eight – one lead to NSW Lightning. The second half was a much closer affair with the Russians again holding the ball well and committing the NSW side which saw NSW in foul trouble early on. NSW made it nine-one in the 32nd minute after some nice passing across mid court. The Russians replied minutes later to make it nine-two. The youthful NSW side took advantage of the tiring Russians with two late goals to make the final score twelve-two to the NSW Lighting side. NSW Lightning GK. Josh Da Palma, 8. Isaac Waddick, 3. Dylan Maloney, 23. Andrew Pain, 12. Mark Symington, 10. Rogeirio, 7. Tuan Cao, …

Forty Winks Campbelltown City Quake Futsal Club Match Report – Saturday 22nd Nov 2008 (NSW)

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QUAKE RIDE COMMODORES TO OVERALL VICTORY Quake won 5 of their 8 games against a strong Commodores club securing a further 15 points for the Club Championship. Both our defending champions secured comfortable victories but in completely different contrasts. 12 BOYS: QUAKE 1 v 6 COMMODORES Our 12 boys were outgunned by a classy Commodores outfit. We struggled to control their bigger and stronger team especially Jordan Nadalin and Richard Darko whom scored 5 goals between them. By halftime it was 3-0 to Commodores but Jack Taseski gave us a glimmer of hope scoring soon after the break. This ignited us somewhat but try as we might we could not get a second. Commodores scored a further 3 goals to secure a fairly comfortable victory. Quake best were GK Conor Irwin and pivot Jack Taseski. Goal scorer: Jack Taseski. 14 BOYS: QUAKE 5 v 4 COMMODORES This game was a tale of two halves. It seemed the boys thought this would be an easy win as Commodores were lying seventh on the ladder and their first half display lacked their usual polish. We started well scoring early but then dropped intensity and Commodores went to the break leading 3-2. The …

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Sunshine Coast Holiday Training Camps Jan 2009 (QLD)

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Limited Spots available BOOK Before Thursday 8 January 2009 4 Day Program Includes Free Ball & T-Shirt Offer only if paid in full on or before 20/12/08 Where: Sunshine Coast University Stadium When: 9:00am to 12:00pm Cost: $120 per player for 4 x 3 hour sessions Only $99 per player for Group Bookings of 5 or more Camp 1 – January 12 to 15 2009 Camp 2 – January 19 to 22 2008 Download the Flyer here (PDF) Source : Sunshine Coast Futsal Published : 26/11/2008

New Home approved for Vikings’ Townsville Wizards (QLD)

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Architectural firm PDT has won the right to design Townsville’s new international indoor sports centre at Murray. The centre for Vikings North Queensland Futsal will be in line with other first rate sport stadium developments that PDT has constructed across Australia & New Zealand. Vikings members will have access to an exciting conceptual designed arena, with a seating capacity of 2000. The structure will include a state-of-the-art sports facility design as well as sustainable building designs that utilise banks of glass windows and louvres to maximise natural light and ventilation. Facilities include three international level multi-use playing courts, community rooms, public amenities and disability access, change rooms, gymnasium area, reception area, administration space, kitchen, a caf?, stores, and a first floor mezzanine. The Council has set a 2010 time frame for the completion of the complex and associated car parking. Hopes are for construction to commence on the $13.6 million complex early next year. The project is being co-funded by the three levels of Government with the Council contributing $2.35 million, the Queensland Government providing $8.2 million and the Federal Government $3.05 million. Vikings members can look forward to the facility presenting similar charecteristics to the Logan Metro Multi-Purpose Indoor …

NSW Referees Strong at Nationals again

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New South Wales Futsal Referees Association has once again shown its quality by providing no less than twenty-five officials for the upcoming FFA National Futsal Championships. Recommendations from the Technical Sub-committee were ratified by the Executive, taking into account the mix of upcoming talent and experienced seniors required by Football Federation Australia’s referee’s department. Factors taken into account for selection included performance during the Football NSW Premier and Super Futsal Leagues along with Football NSW Futsal State Titles performance. The following members have been selected to attend the tournament to be staged in Canberra during the second week of January: Darren Allatt Mathew Allatt Salma Aly Nicholas Backo Andrew Best Cameron Bruce Sam Buck Alex Eroukhimovitch Owen Ferguson Jason Hayes Kelly Jones Scott Kidson Gavin Lee Roger Lee Daniel Luttringer Taha Marabani Sam McIntosh Ashley Medway Jonathon Moore Paul Respicio Ryan Shepheard Grant South Darius Turner Peter Wilson-Mosey Dean Wright Source : NSW Futsal Referees Association Published : 26/11/2008

Quake need a 13 Girls Goal Keeper for Premier League (NSW)

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Forty Winks Campbelltown City Quake Futsal Club Require 13 Girls Goal Keeper! A position has become available for a Goal Keeper in the Quake 13 Girls Premier League Futsal Team. If you think you have the ability to fill this position please Contact Kevin Walshe on 0437 771 938 or email quake@quakefutsal.com.au Source : Campbelltown City Quake Published : 26/11/2008

College team are bronzed Aussies (QLD)

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After winning the title of North Queensland school Futsal state champions in Townsville earlier in the year, the boys from Holy Spirit College competed in the Australasian titles. The competition brings together the finest young talent of indoor soccer from across Australasia. The HSC team began the competition through the rounds, winning two out of their four games beating Mercy College and Marsden State High School. This placed them third and sent them through to the semi-finals. The team lost in the semi-final to Harristown State High School from Toowoomba. Despite the loss, the boys acquitted themselves well against all teams in the competition. Holy Spirit’s Patrick Vincent was named in the All Star team to tour at a later date. The boys thanked the Parents and Friends Association at Holy Spirit College for their support of the team and assisting them to fund the cost of the trip to the Gold Coast. Source : Daily Mercury Published : 25/11/2008

Sutherland vs. Apia preview of NSW Futsal Super League Round 8

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The 08 – 09 Football NSW Futsal Super League round 8 match between Sutherland and Apia will be played Saturday 29th November 2008 at Menai Indoor Sports Centre. Under 12 Boys to kick off 2pm, this game is set to get the day going and it will test our developing team. Should be a great match up and a challenge for both teams. Under 14 Boys to kick off 2.45pm, this game a must win for our under 14 team if they are to have a chance to finish in the top 5. Apia are not to be under estimated in this age group as anything can happen in Futsal as we all know. Under 13 Girls to kick off 3.30pm, The Coach of the team Peter Ellis has his troops ready to go for this clash as they are getting more experianced each week. I know that it will be an interesting encounter, a game not to miss as we expect end to end stuff. Under 16 Boys to kick off 4.15pm, a win in this game for Sutherland will seal a top 5 spot on the run home. This game will be full of surprises I’m sure. Under …

Sutherland under 12s match report – the one that got away

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Saturday, 22 November 2008 saw the Sutherland Shire Futsal Association host their Round 7 Super League home clash at its regular training court at Endeavour Sports High School Gymnasium, for the first time this season, against the Northern Beaches Breakers. The Under 12’s kicked off the day’s proceedings with yet another tough, exciting, and nail-biting game. With the boys seemingly having control of the match at 3-1 with appoximately 5 minutes to go and which would have given them their third win on the trot, what happened thereafter can only be described as ” the one that got away !” From the commencement of the game Coach Lee Pepper had the boys pumped, taking each player aside in the change-room individually before the game to deliver his last minute instructions and the accompanying Pepper “Pep-Talk” ! Whatever the coach said was working beautifully as the boys had the necessary intensity and concentration to have them 2-1 up at half-time after well-worked goals to Nathan Spinola and Blake Stewart . Nathan also picked up another goal in the second-half with about 8 minutes left to play, after great lead-up work from Samuel Gulisano. Unfortunately, this would be one of Samuel’s last …

NSW Futsal Super League Round 7 Results

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Round 7 clash between the Sutherland Shire and Northern Beaches was played at Endeavour Sports High School, Saturday 22nd November 2008. Results shown below; Under 12 Boys, SSFA 3 vs. NB 4 Under 14 Boys, SSFA 3 vs. NB 4 Under 13 Girls, SSFA 1 vs. NB 7 Under 16 Boys, SSFA 5 vs. NB 1 Under 16 Girls, SSFA 0 vs. NB 13 Under 19 Youth Men, SSFA 1 vs. NB 6 All Age Women, SSFA 3 vs. NB 7 All Age Men, SSFA 6 vs. NB 5 Source : Sutherland Shire Futsal Published : 24/11/2008

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Victorian Referees at 2009 National Futsal Championships

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Congratulations to the following Victorian Futsal Referees who have been selected to officiate at the 2009 National Futsal Championships in Canberra: George Lakrindis Lucien Laverdure Shams Shahabbi Rodrigo Salas Patrick El Zoghbi Tas Patrikis (Referees Inspector) We wish the above Referees all the best at the Championships! Source : Football Federation Victoria Published : 25/11/2008

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NSW v Russian Doctor Team

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The management team and Technical Sub-committe would like to congratulate referees appointed to officiate matches between the Russian “Doctor” Team as they take on the NSW Men’s team this week. The Russian tourists were recently top four finishers in a World University Futsal Tournament and should pose stiff competition for the state teams who are themselves, preparing for a tilt at the National Championships in Canberra come January. The matches and appointments are as follows shown below. Tue 25th, 7:30pm at Penrith Sports Stadium v NSW Lightning: Referee: Ryan Shepheard 2nd Referee: Darius Turner Timkeeper: Alessandra Moussa 3rd Referee: Wayne Ranson Wed 26th, 7:30pm at Marrickville PCYC v NSW Thunder: Referee: Sam McIntosh 2nd Referee: Andrew Best Timekeeper: Alex Eroukhimovitch 3rd Referee: Darren Allatt Thu 27th, 7:15pm at Michael Wenden Centre v NSW Thunder: Referee: Scott Kidson 2nd Referee: Nicholas Backo Timekeeper: Ashley Medway 3rd Referee: Owen Ferguson Fri 28th, 1:30pm at Dural Sport & Leisure Centre v NSW Lightning: Referee: Gavin Lee 2nd Referee: Roger Lee Timekeeper: Sam Buck 3rd Referee: Cameron Bruce As always, matches like this are a rare opportunity for our members to watch top class internation futsal locally. These matches also present a great opportunity …

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NSW Select sides to take on touring Russian team

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“DOCTOR” TEAM FROM RUSSIA WILL BE PLAYING THE NSW MENS TEAM Tuesday 25th Nov vs. NSW SELECT 7pm Kick Off at Penrith Sports Stadium, Herbert St, Cambridge Park Wednesday 26th Nov vs. NSW SELECT 7pm Kick Off at Marrickville PCYC, 531 Illawarra Road, Marrickville Thursday 27th Nov vs. NSW SELECT – 7pm Kick Off at The Michael Wendon Centre, 162 Cabramatta Ave, Miller Friday 28th Nov vs. NSW SELECT – 1pm Kick Off at Dural Leisure Centre, Cnr Kenthurst Rd & Pellitt Lane, Dural There will also be a Presentation Night for Australian & Russian Teams and their guests will be on Friday 28th of November Held at Russian Sports & Social Club, 84 Watts Rd, Kemps Creek NSW at 7pm Program of the Evening: * Buffet Dinner, Coffee and Tea * Live Music, “Russian Souvenirs” Dancing Group and Singers Cost: $30 per person Book your table for 10 people, Liquor Licence Function Contact for Ticket Sales: Con Tonkikh 9602 2014 or 0402 016 193 Tickets also will be available on above venues. Click here for the official flyer Source : Football NSW Published : 30/10/2008

New Competitions in Victoria

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Futsal Super 5’s has two new competitions starting up in Victoria. Details are below : New competitions commence at our brand new state-of-the-art Vermont South facility in 2009 – proudly hosted by Futsal Super 5’s. Express your interest today via email: info@super5s.org ‘Sportlink’ at Vermont South will host Men’s and Mixed futsal competitions on Tuesdays and Sundays from 6:30pm onwards. Vermont South Flyer 2009 (JPG – smaller version shown below) New Men’s and Mixed competitions also commence at Endeavour Hills in 2009 on Wednesdays from 6:30pm onwards. Endeavour Hills Flyer 2009 (JPG – smaller version shown below) Source : Futsal Super 5’s

New Competition at Tempe (NSW)

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Tempe Futsal are starting their new Mens and Mixed seasons on the 9th of December 2008. Tempe Futsal have been running successfully for a number of years now, and the new comps are the second lot at Tempe to have prizemoney on hand for the Grand Finalists (not just the Winners). Please contact Ross Maiorana on 0419 979 518 to register your interest. Please note any new players without an exsiting Futsal ID will need to bring along a passport poto for registration. Further Updates can be found on the Tempe Futsal Homepage.

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Sydney Benfica FC Youtube Channel

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Sydney Benfica FC now have a YouTube channel available. Check it out here for some Freestyle footage : http://www.youtube.com/user/sydneybenficafc