Last week the club competed in the Futsal NSW State Championships which was a very long but quite enjoyable weekend at both Penrth and Hawkesbury.
The club had 9 teams participating :
The under 10s had a great first competition where they reaches the semi finals only to be knocked out by another great u/10 side in the Sydney City Eagles by the score of 2-1.
The u/12 boys were also fantastic going through the competition undefeated beating numerous Premier League clubs along the way only to be beaten by a rampant Mascot Vipers in the final by 3-2.
By all accounts the boys under the stewardship of Ollie Momricevski played some fantastic futsal and fully deserved their place in the final and could’ve even taken full honours.
The under 12 girls also had a good tournament also losing in the semi finals. With the majority of squad only being 12 we pushed the two 13 year old girls up to the 16s team and the youngest female Magic team did extremely well to get to the semi finals losing by 2 goals.
The under 14 boys have been progressing well in the Premier League which has seen them creep quietly into 3rd position. The boys unfortunately were the only team in the club not to reach the penultimate round and bowed out against a very big and strong Mascot Vipers side in the Quarters.
Carmine Bortones successful streak of winning State titles has continued now winning 6 of the past 7 championships his team has competed in. His u/15s squad which also had to take on some strong u/16s teams throughout the competition cruised to victory in the final by 8 goals to 4.
The 16 girls had plenty of overcome if they were going to win the competition as they only had 5 of the original 8 members of the squad available with both star strikers Natasha Lo Giudice and Jenna Kingsley both unavailable as was still injured Allysha Lo Giudice.
The 16 girls had two members of the clubs u/13 girls helping the squad and when Kate Mc Pherson went down in the first game of the tournament with a serious knee injury which ruled her out of the rest of the competition the situation looked bleak but the remaining squad members pulled together and won their next 2 games to book a quarter final birth against Campelltown Quake.
It didn’t take long for things to go from bad to worse with first Juliana Dundovic having to come of injured and then Samantha Bergin having to do the same. Such was the heart of both girls both attempted to re take the court but what was obvious the girls just couldn’t play to their best and went down in a game which showed the ugly side of futsal where 5 of the 8 opposition goals were scored by the keeper launching the ball NFL style the entire length of the court and hoping for a flick on or a rebound.
Full credit to all the girls in this team as they showed and played with plenty of heart and overcame a lot to reach as far as they did. Special mention to injured captain Marie Svinos who played with one leg, and youngster Yvonne Illioglou who as the tournament went on really stepped up to the mark and became more and more important whilst Helen Petinos played a huge amount of minutes being the only fully fit player in the entire squad.
The Youth Mens who have had to endure a rough start to the Premier League season having only won 1 out of 4 games to start the season but a hard fought tournament was exactly what the boys needed and they went on to make the semi finals in which they lost a very hard fought clash with the Inner West Allstars 3-2 in extra time.
The boys played some brilliant futsal throughout the tournament and losing only 1 game on the way. Hopefully this will lead the way to a return of the great form the Youth sides have been able to showcase in the past few years.
The Open Womens were another of our sides to make the final but again the lack of numbers proved our downfall with captain Rose Marie Scarlato breaking her ankle in the semi final ending not only her tournament but her entire season. The girls played an entertaining brand of futsal especially in the semi finals which was one of the best halves of futsal played in a very long time and continued that all the way to the final where the girls lost 4-2 in extra time to the Mascot Vipers.
Natalie Spirovski was in brilliant form as she has been all season. The girls only dropped 1 point on the way to the final with a scored draw vs Quake.
Whilst our senior Mens seemed ready to book their position in a final leading by 4-2 with only 4 minutes remaining when all went pear shaped in the semis vs the Inner West Allstars. The Allstars fought back to send the game into extra time and with no one able to break the deadlock the game went to penalties where the side from Homebush went on to take take the honours 5-4 in penalties.
The Mens side played some fantastic futsal with the stand out games vs SLB and Sutherland in the Elimination final where we finished victorious in 2 close hard fought games.
So out of the 9 teams, we had 7 semi finalists and 3 finalists and a champion which was an extremely good effort for the club.
Congratulations on all the teams and their respective coaches who represented the club over the weekend.
See you all soon when the Premier League returns vs the West City Crusaders at Marrickville.
Source : Sydney Magic
Published : 11/11/2008