STRIKERS PRODUCE AN AMAZING PERFORMANCE AT THE 2009 CLUB FUTSAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
St.Albans Strikers Futsal Club finished the Victorian Club Futsal Championships as the best performer out of all the entrants, after all five teams qualified for the semi-finals and two of the teams playing off in the Grand Final. Our teams were the talk of the competition, not only for the entertaining way they played, but also for our organisation and fair play. We dominated the group stages with all our teams winning their group games (apart from the U’14 with two losses). This is an amazing achievement, considering it was the first major tournament our club had participated in. It was dissapointing to see our U’11 and U’13 teams lose out in the semi-finals, after having been so dominant in the group stage, however I think everyone would have been extremely proud of their achievements. The U’14 defied the odds and made the grand final, with our U’16 winning an exciting final. The following is a summary of all the results.
U’11 STRIKERS – UNDERTAKERS
v Monash City JSC 3:2 win
v Melbourne Reds 3:2 win
v Camperdown 9:1 win
v Brighton JSC 5:0 win
Q/Final v BSA 8:1 win
S/Final v Monash 2:4 loss
A couple of hard fought wins at the start of the competition over Monash and the Melbourne Reds set up the competition. The strikers playing a great counter attacking style, with plenty of fire power up front. Great long distance shooting from Jonathan and Brandon was dominant throughout the group stages, with great defensive work by all team members. A great win in the Q/Final set up a re-match with Monash, with this time the tables turning, and Monash winning the vital match to qualify for the final. The boys were obviously disapointed, but they are already planning their next tilt at a major competition.
Squad: Adrian Cannatelli, Jonathan Vakirtzis, Jamie Gazelle, Brandon Galea, Matthew Serrano, Gabriel Vallece, Matthew Zalewski, Jarvis Gardner
U’1 STRIKERS – LIL LEGENDS
v Melb Red Flames 5:1 win
v BSA 8:2 win
v Woodend 4:1 win
v Pumas futsal 9:1 win
Q/Final v Brighton JSC 2:2 draw f/t: pen 2:1 win
S/Final v Melb Red 1:3 loss
The team started the group stage impessively, scoring big wins over all of their group opponents. In fact they were the talk of the competition, with their skills and movement dazzling all before them. However as we all know, once teams qualify for the finals, it is a different kettle of fish. Brighton pushed the strikers all the way to penalty shoot outs, with us prevailing in a nail bitting fashion 2:1, thanks to some fantastic saves from Jayden. Unfortunately the magic run ended in the semi-fial, with the well drilled Melbourne Reds putting out an almost perfect defensive performance to win 3:1. Now that the boys have experienced this type of competition, they are licking their lips at the prospect of playing in more of these type of tournaments.
Squad: Matthew Conversano, Christopher Pavlidis, Brayden Calleja, Anthony Caligari, Nathan Liberto, Matthew Bartolo, Nicholas Bartolo, Jayden Merceica
MORE REPORTS ON THE OTHER TEAMS COMING SOON