A preview of the upcoming season from Futsal Tasmania
The 2011 Vikings Futsal Tasmania Super League is about to kick off in Hobart this Thursday Night at Moonah Sports Centre with 6 teams once again ready to fire their first shots towards the elusive championship.
This season looks to be a very hotly contested competition with it extending this year to run weekly rather than fortnightly.
Derwent Storm -
Last years runner up Derwent Storm have gone on a huge recruiting drive with an almost fully changed team. Remaining from last season are Corey Smith and Callen Griffen while the side has picked up Matthias Toghill, Jacob Huigsloot, Ben Peter and Brazilian youngster Mizael Linhares. The star man for Derwent Storm will be superstar Shae Hickey who has looked ominous in grading matches.
Juma Barbara has assembled a team of the finest ex-pat african players in the state with youthful Futsal star Amadu Koroma and Barbara himself the stars. Lions have also recruited Matt Nowicki who has a wealth of Futsal talent. These guys could be the dark horses in the competition.
Zebras FC -
The experienced Zebras FC will go into this season as early favourites due to their balanced squad staying together and gaining a few extra key players. The side has retained goalkeeper Troy Kaden who is one of the best in the league along with last years Super League MVP Ricky Self and playmaker Matt Hall. They have introduced last years Super League championship winning captain and state representative Matt Smith along with the diminutive Jonathon Ladic to their squad and could be the early pace setters.
Sierra Utd -
A new team in the competition these guys really look like they have all the makings of a good side. With star man Dipendra Kunwar in the mix they could cause upsets as the season progresses but could struggle against the big guns of the competition. Only time will tell for Sierra.
Machines FC -
State Title finalists and experienced Futsal squad Machines FC will make the step up this season to super league. In the past this team has shown individually that they can do damage but the challenge is to put it together. With pre-season form average they have a lot to improve on but a lot of responsibility will fall on goalscorer Jason Dawes’ return from injury. The team will also rely heavily on the exploits of Aaron Marney and Ryan Thurley in their quest to become super league champions.
Formerly known as Southern Strikers, CSE look to improve on their last two seasons and challenge the top teams. The side has retained Jacob Clamp, Andrew Clark and Jamie Vernon while it has recruited well with striker Adam McKeown, Goalkeeper Liam Ferrell. The side seems to be well organised under the coaching tutorlidge of Michael McKenna.