Westvale Thirds are the perfect rags to riches story. Only one season ago they were bringing up the rear of the ladder and were struggling to find players. Fast forward three months and they are now the Monday Night B grade Champions, after defeating the highly fancied Belgrade Boys 6:5 in a thriller. Congratulations to Tony and Jeremy for leading the team to the championship.
SHPITZ FC TAKE OUT SECOND CHAMPIONSHIP IN A ROW
The Shpitz FC juggernaut just continues rolling on. Not being satisfied with just being reigning Strikers Cup Winners and 2009 Spring Season Champions, they have now added the 2009-10 Summer Season A Grade Championship to their ever growing impressive list of accolades. In defeating the mighty Zeljo 7 : 4, they have continued their unbeaten run against the former Champions.
In a pulsating match it was Shpitz who took the early lead but only to see Zeljo fight beck to lead 2:1 at the 13 minute mark of the first half. With both teams attacking each other it was Shpitz who got the next two goals to lead 3:2 with a few minutes to go before the break. Zeljo were lucky to equalise with two seconds left in the first half as a long shot from the goalkeeper speed past a heavy defense, with Shpitz FC goalkeeper Franjo Saric not seeing the ball whistling past the many bodies in front of him into the goal.
The second half saw the intensity raise another level with the scores at 4:4 for the first 10 minutes. Shpitz regained the lead with 10 minutes to go and then proceeded to pack their defense and make it very difficult for Zeljo to score. With only 4 minutes left a quick counter attack saw star player Marijan Cvitkovic brought down by Strikers representative and Zeljo goalkeeper Dardan Djokaj as he was about to round him and score the goal. A direct red card to Dardan saw Zeljo have to fight it out for another two minutes with a man less, only for them to concede another goal. With a few seconds left Shpitz FC confirmed the win by scoring a seventh goal.
Congratulations to both teams for a great spectacle and sportsmanship.
FFV 2009/10 Melbourne Futsal League wrap up
The 2009/2010 season of the Melbourne Futsal League (MFL) concluded this weekend at the Bundoora Netball and Sports Centre.
The second season of the MFL finished in dramatic style with the Cobras Futsal Club clinching the Under 14 Boys title on goal difference after beating runners up Vic Lions 8-1. With EFA Eagles and AFG Caroline Springs drawing 3-3 earlier in the afternoon, the Cobras and Vic Lions game was going to be important. A hat-trick from Matthew Vragovski ensured the three points and the title went the Cobras way.
The Melbourne Reds Futsal Club sealed the Under 12 Boys category after going into the final day of the season ahead of AFG Caroline Springs by three points. Victory over Cobras saw the Reds seal the title. The Melbourne Reds were also victorious in the Under 16 Boys category.
New boys, St Albans Strikers Futsal Club, claimed the title in the Under 11 Boys category. Their higher goal difference saw off AFG Caroline Springs as both teams ended up on equal points in a very closely matched division.
It’s been a successful last 12 months for the Strikers after impressive performances in the Club State Championships and with their men’s team winning the open age of the MFL back in December.
Football Federation Victoria would like to thank all the players, supporters and administrators for another successful MFL season. We look forward to seeing you all again later in the year.
CHELSEA-STRIKERS WIN B GRADE SUPER LEAGUE
Wednesday night B Grade champion Chelsea-Strikers put on a scintillating performance to defeat the strong Westvale Thirds 15:7 to take out the Super League Championship. Alben Rustemovski’s side was too quick and agile for the experience of Westvale. Hurmez and Nini leading the way with vital goals, and target man Sedalija Spijodic proving that he is capable of following in the footsteps of big brother and Strikers representative Irzad. If Chelsea-Strikers continue playing this well, they will gain promotion to play with the big boys in Monday A Grade.
MELBOURNE CITY WIN THE LATINO DERBY!
Melbourne City have beaten their fellow South American buddies Los Sudacas 7:2 in a tense and physical tussle to win the Wednesday C Grade Championship. Melbourne City used their physical strength and power to their full advantage, outsmarting their more skilfull opponents. The referee was particularly lenient on some challenges in the second half, ensuring both teams finished the match with 5 players on the court. Los Sudacas will be itching at the chance of gaining some revenge in the new Autumn Season that has just started.
MONDAY NIGHT A GRADE AUTUMN SEASON PREVIEW
The 2010 Autumn Season is hotting up with all teams having resumed their weekly games . The Monday A Grade in particular is looming as one of the best yet. The competition includes all of the Strikers players that won the recent Melbourne Premier League and some new and old teams that are resuming their involvement. The Monday A Grade lineup include –
SHPITZ F.C – Current 2009 Spring Season and 2009/10 Summer Super League Champion. Shpitz F.C have come in from rebound indoor soccer to futsal and immediately made their prescence felt by brilliantly claiming the last two super league championships. With star play maker Marijan Cvitkovic roaming the middle and a great sense of unity and team work amongst the team, Shpitz FC are looking at creating a dynasty and equalling Zeljo’s record of four championships in a row.
ZELJO – Four Time Super League Champion, Runner Up in the last two A Grade Super League Finals. Shocked by Shpitz in the last two Super League Finals, Zeljo will look to bounce back strong this season. Zeljo rediscovered their form in the last season to have some great matches with current champion Shpitz. The former champs are yet to defeat Shpitz in 5 matches.
ALTONA JUNIORS – 2009 Wednesday A Grade Spring Season Runner Up. Altona Juniors on paper have one of the most talented rosters in the competition, with their one and only weakness being their inability to secure a strong permament goalkeeper. This issue will need to be resloved if they are to figure in this season’s finals.
COLO COLO – Former Super League Runner Up in 2008. With Ricky, Chippy, Fito, Gerry and Sebastian back Colo Colo are once again challenging the premier teams. If they manage to keep their cool and keep their strongest squad week in and week out, they should figure prominantly in finals calculations.
GUNNERS – 2009 Winter Season Super League Runner Up. One never knows what to expect with the Gunners. One minute brilliant the other ordinary. They have genuine match winners all over the court and are known as the ‘globe trotters’ of Strikers Futsal. They will need to improve their consistency and discipline to upset the big boys.
RONALDINHO SENIORS – 2008 A Grade Winners. The Seniors have the oldest squad in the league but have plenty of experience. George Dib, Ante Visevic and former Melbourne Croatia star Ivan Kelic will lead the team. If they can get their full squad to all their games, then they will have a chance for finals action.
OLE – 2009 Winter Season Super League Winners, 2007 Winter Season A Grade Champions: Ben Bodo and Ivan Gangur are attempting to resurrect the skeletons of the famous Ole. One of the foundation teams from back in 2007, the pedigree is undoubtedly all class. If they can recapture their old form, then they will be a threat to any team.