In what has been our most successful round all season, Sydney City Eagles collected all 24 points on Saturday against West City Crusaders.
With temperatures inside the stadium reaching the 40′s, Sydney City were definitely on fire.
The day kicked off with the 12 boys, with the academy game cancelled. Our 12 boys looked like they were struggling with the heat and just couldn’t get it together, with the ref calling short breaks every 10 minutes for a quick cool down, the boys eventually won the game by a goal…5-4.
In what i thought was the highlight game of the day, with a large number of players missing due to outdoor commitments, coach Roy Perre called upon two female players, Heidi Makrillos and Alanna Kennedy, They had big shoes to fill with key players missing, Crusaders scored a goal almost immediately, Our players realised they had to get it together fast, In particular the girls both stepping up and played a great game with Heidi securing 4 goals, 10 minutes to go, Coach Roy made changes giving our 12′s keeper Blake a go, in exchange with putting 14′s keeper Aaron on the court, he took a moment to find his feet, when he did, he was rewarded by scoring a goal!!…12-1.
This team has been the combined project of Roy Perre and David Saliba, Roy’s second year and Dave’s first year coaching the young girls, they both have worked well together in forming this team. With our regular keeper Laura away, This was going to be the game we had to fight to collect the points. With Alana Kennedy in goals, She constantly played 5th man giving them opportunity to score when she was outside the box, overall the girls played well !!….5-4.
In a game against Ex Sydney City and Australian Player Erkin Osman coaching their boys, it was not going to be an easy game, as expected it was an exciting game with both teams playing great futsal, Sydney city’s captain Bernie Ibini playing his role well and scoring a couple of fantastic goals,with a change of shifts for the ref’s, these ref’s decided the boys didn’t need an extra drink break, both teams struggled in the heat yet still fought all the way!! … 4-2
In a very evenly matched game,both teams coached by long time futsalers Erkin Osman and Roy Cowie, both teams missing good opportunities, this game was heading towards a scoreless draw, with less than a minute on the clock, Sydney City scored to secure the win….2-1
With Sydney City’s Captain Jamal having to step down this week due to suspension, The rest of his team mates knew they had to step up to not let their captain down, with 2 key players missing and needing the points to secure spots in the finals, Coach Dave called upon some of his 16 boys to help out, they all had a good game winning the game comfortably!!…10-0
In a game that was expected to go either way, the game was very even all 39 minutes with the game at a draw of 1-1, with less than a minute on the clock, Captain Amanda Bowering (frags) comes off the bench with a determined look on her face, whatever she had planned while sitting on the bench worked for her, she came on to score the winner with seconds to go…!! 2-1
After sitting on 7th spot pretty much all season, the men had a lot to prove after being last year’s minor premiers, with a win the week before, the men knew they had to win this game against the crusaders for any chance in the finals, whatever the coach said before the game seemed to have worked as the men played nice free style futsal, the boys seemed to have found the connection that was missing all season, with the help of some of the youth players, the men won the game finishing of the day on a high…!! 11-1
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A Special thanks from Sydney City Eagles to West City Crusaders, although we took all points off them, they remained in good spirits all day.
I’d also like to mention Josie from Sydney City and Warren from Crusaders who after being asked by ref’s, they spent a big part of the day going around ensuring their players were all feeling OK due to the massive heat wave we experienced.
Source : Sydney City Eagles
Published : 28/1/2009