Round 8 of the Futsal Winter State League being played at the Sports Halls, Sydney Olympic Park provided us with some of the closest results so far.
With the Women’s League being divided into Groups A & B, as per the teams’ positions on the table after 7 rounds, the struggle for Semifinal spots was clearly reflected on the court. One of the games of the night took place first up in the evening as the young Hachies team did battle with the more experienced Sydney City Quake. Both defences found themselves on top at half time and were able to defuse several dangerous situations to leave the court at 0-0 after 18 minutes of controlled, tactical Futsal.
In contrast, the second stanza was full of goal mouth action with both keepers working overtime to keep at bay some very dangerous raids at both ends of the court. Hachies were the first team to break the ice with a very nice goal by Rhiannan Fleming in the 24th minute. It seemed that Lauren Phelps had sealed her team’s victory as she netted a superb goal following an excellent, free flowing move after 32 minutes. With the game escaping from their grasp, the Sydney City Quake drew on all their experience and set siege to the youngsters’ goal mouth pulling one goal back within a minute, courtesy of a great strike by Stephanie Ham, to set up a grand stand finish. Hachies remained resolute in defence whilst proving dangerous on the counter on occasions. However, just moments before full time. Claire Walsh proved too good young Hachies team and got a well deserved equalizer that brought the teams level. A great game by both teams that sets them up nicely on the run to the Play Offs.
HACHIES (R Flemming 24′, L. Phelps 32′) drew with SYDNEY CITY QUAKE (S. Ham 33′, C. Walsh 36′)
SYDNEY CITY QUAKE: 1 A. Brown, 6 L. Thomson, 3 C. Walsh, 4 S. Ham, 8 A. Francis, 9 B. Cowie
HACHIES: 1. J Abi-Sassine, 2. C. Turner, 4. E. Rugg,, 6. K. Skeoch, 8 R. Flemming, 9 M. Miklail, 11. L. Phelps,
Yellow Cards: S. Ham
Referees: A Moussa & D Ferguson
Other Women’s results from round 8 …
V.I.M. 2 (N.Spirovski 34′ & R.Tomkins 35′) def Force 10 0
Pirates 6 (K.Mitrevski 10′ 30′ 36′; D.Lusic 3′ 31; J.Cameron 24′) def. Just 4 Kicks 2 (C.Cannuli 5′, E. Rodopoulos 15′)
Wadey’s Army 2 (F.Agar 10′, B.Vousden 20′) def. Sienna 1 (M.Tuitma 26′)
With Quake Youth, looking to bounce back from a narrow defeat the previous week, up against a Northern Tigers outfit making a determined run for a Semi Final spot, this game had all the signs of being a tight and exciting encounter. even though the final score line confirmed these expectations, early on in the first half the youngsters from the south, superbly led by David Von Dinklage, dominated proceedings and were well on their way to a fine victory at the break. By then James Gilligan had opened the score in the second minute, while Von Dinklage’s had confirmed his class with a brilliant goal in the seventh minute and Gilligan had scored his second on the fifteenth minute to make it 3-0. Hard as they may try the Tigers were being outplayed on the court and on the score board.
The half time break came at the right time for the Northerners; they took stock, regrouped and came out determined to make a contest of it. Von Dinklage’s second goal in the 23rd minute did not dampen the spirit of old timer Phil Dalton and his men. Slowly they worked their way back into the game applying great pressure to the goal ably defended by Oliver Lawton who was working overtime to keep a clean sheet. Then a barrage of goals by Neal Hunter, 23rd and 32nd minute gave his team real hope. When Gary Havagimian made the difference just one with a few seconds to go on the clock, a great comeback was nearly realized. To their credit, Quake Youth remained composed and rode out the storm to take the 3 points that see them well placed to claim a spot in the Semi Finals.
Quake Youth 4 (J.Gilligan 2′ 15′ & D.Von Dinklage 7′ 23′) def. Northern Tigers 3 (N.Hunter 27′ 32′, G.Havagimian 35′)
Quake Youth: 1. O. Lawton, 11. J. Gilligan, 7. T. Valentiner, 22. D. Von Dinklage, 20. E. Harihiru
Northern Tigers: 1. E.Jurd, 8. G.Havagimian, 23. D.Hunter, 24. M.Orlic, 2. P.Dolton, 22. C.Cowley, 11. N.Hunter
Referees: O. Ferguson & K. Aly
Other Men’s results from round 8 …
Pirates 9 (R.texeira 10′ 31′ 32′ 33′ 34′ J.Abdel 13′ B.Greenwood 17′ & D. D”Angelo 6′ 28′) def. Maccabi Maulers 1 (D.Lockhart 25′)
Riff Raff 1 (G.Leuzzi 35′) def. Any District 0
Northern Tigers 1 (A. Smajovic 30′) def. Barcelona 0
Dural Warriors 2 (E.Rumora 31′ 37′) drew with Futsal4All Phoenix 2 (J.Boutkabout 6′ R.Marsola 32′)