Round 1 Summary
After the formalities and entertainment, action finally got underway at the AIS with the Men’s Open defending champions, ACT Cobras, looking to defend their title against the NSW Thunder in a grand final rematch from last year.
With National representation on the line, the ACT Cobras and NSW Thunder are favourites to compete for the honour but little could separate the two sides early in the competition with a 1-1 draw to kick off their 2009 campaign.
With revenge in their sights, NSW’s Lachlan Wright got the visitors off to the perfect start opening the scoring after only two minutes but couldn’t maintain their lead when Elia Salloum levelled the scores only minutes later.
Despite numerous opportunities either side of half time, neither team could break the deadlock with a combination of wood work and solid goal keeping.
In other results, Victoria gave Queensland a touch up with a 7-1 win in their opening game while NSW Lightning defeated the ACT Colts 6-2 and New Caledonia’s FC Ferrand went down to Northern NSW Hornets 5-3.
While in the Women’s Open division, Victoria, ACT Cobras and NSW Thunder all got their championships off to a perfect start with victories over Northern NSW, Western Australia and Southern NSW respectively.
Rounds 2 & 3 Summary
With Day two completed at the FFA National Futsal Championships in Canberra, the ACT Cobras and NSW Thunder continue to lead the way in both the Men’s and Women’s Open Division competitions.
The NSW Thunder and ACT Cobras remain undefeated after four matches at the championships with both sides easily disposing of their opposition.
New Caledonia’s FC Ferrand recorded their first victory of the tournament with the visitors recording a 2-1 victory over Queensland in a tough encounter and bruising encounter but couldn’t back it up going down 6-0 to the much fancied NSW Thunder followed by a 5-0 loss to NSW Lightning this evening.
The Thunder kicked their day off with a 7-2 over Northern NSW Hornets courtesy of a further two goals to Lachlan Wright brining his championship tally to three goals in two matches while team mate Daniel Martinez notched a hat trick in their victory over FC Ferrand before disposing of the ACT Colts 6-1.
Southern NSW claimed their first points with a 5-2 victory over the ACT Colts but couldn’t repeat the performance against the ACT Cobras going down 5-0 as the Cobras notched another victim with other victories over Victoria and Queensland, 5-1 and 7-2 respectively.
Queensland has made a less than desirable start to the tournament going down to both ACT sides and was the New Caledonian visitors while Southern NSW has recorded two victories from their three games today.
Win’s over the ACT Colts and Victoria, 5-2 and 3-2, sees the Southern NSW side sit mid table with a hand full of games remaining.
With same two teams undefeated, NSW Thunder leads the Women’s Open competition undefeated after three games while the ACT Cobras follow closely behind on seven points courtesy of a draw late on day two.
The NSW Thunder side knocked over Western Australia in their opening match of day two with braces from Hayley Buckingham and Natalie Spirovski sinking their opposition 8-1 before defeating their state rivals 2-0.
The Lightning scored a 5-0 win over Southern NSW but suffered their first defeat of the 2009 campaign at the hands of the Thunder.
The ACT continued their impressive form from the opening day with a 3-1 victory over Victoria before coming away with a single against the Southern NSW Flames courtesy of a scoreless draw.
Western Australia are yet to record a victory from their three matches with losses to Victoria and NSW Thunder following yesterday’s loss to the ACT Cobras while Northern NSW has suffered a similar fate with losses to both Southern NSWs teams.
The two Southern NSW sides occupy mid table with one win, one loss and a draw to the Flames while Southern NSW has suffered two defeats after three rounds.
Source : Dan Kennedy & Capital Football
Published : 8/1/2009