Due to the final round of the comp being our bye, round 12 is the final round of the season for the Taipans. Up against the new kids on the block, Mountain Majik, it was our last chance to accumulate points and keep us in the top half of the club championship.
The day started off with an exhibition game played between the clubs respective development squads. Once again a high standard of futsal kept the spectators entertained with the Taipans coming off the better against the very young Mountain Majik.
The first league game, as usual, was the 12 Boys. Going into the match the Taipans were sitting in 5th place, but with the chasing pack all with games in hand, a win was vital. A halftime lead of 2-4 was just what we needed, but the boys let it slip in the second half and a spirited Majik side made a great comeback to take the game 7-5. Goals from Mitchell Ferraro (3), Zac McLaren and Kayne Kotevski leave the boys just outside the top 5 spot required.
The 12 Girls went into their last game already knowing that they couldn’t qualify for the finals, but these girls have been playing for pride all year, so we expected nothing different today. Once again the girls never let us down, with a dominant performance that we could only have dreamt of at the start of this season, the girls turned a halftime lead of 1-4 into an emphatic 1-9 final score. Taipan scorers were Kya Stewart (2), Abigail Jordan (2), Chelsea Tasevski (2), Jordan McCracken and Simona Connor.
Our 14 Boys were in 6th spot at the start of the day so only a win would give them any chance of a finals berth. Some good futsal by both sides had the score deadlocked at halftime 2-2. The second half saw the Taipan boys continue their current form and run out deserved 2-5 winners. The 3 points moved the young Taipans up to 3rd spot, but again with the other contenders having games in hand, it’s an agonising wait to see if we can scrape a top 5 place. The South Coast scorers were Mat Mazevski, James Volkanovski (2) and Oliver Carrasco (2).
South Coast 14 Girls, with only 1 point all season, were out to end the season on a high note and give us all some Christmas cheer. And that’s exactly what they did. The game may have ended in a 4-4 draw, but the girls gave us glimpses of what they are capable of, and given time and a full complement of players, the future really could be bright. Ainslie Lyon bagging two goals aided by 12’s Girls Katelyn Leadbetter and Kya Stewart with a goal apiece.
The 16 Boys were looking to consolidate their place at the top of the table before sitting back and watching the casing pack play out their remaining games. A very close first half of good quality futsal by both sides saw the Taipans go in with the narrowest of leads 0-1. Despite their best efforts, the Majik boys couldn’t repel the Taipan threat for the full 40 minutes and the South Coast lads finally got what that desired with a hard fought 1-4 victory. Our goal scorers were Scott Curran, Josh Bingham (2) and 14’s Mat Mazevski. We will see the boys again in the semi finals.
The Taipan 16 Girls also went into their game with the knowledge that qualification for the finals was already out of their grasp, but this seemed to let them play some free flowing futsal that had onlookers asking why they were not higher up the ladder. Again, with just a few extra players, these girls could give the best a run for their money. Three first half goals by Kristina Janeska gave the South Coast girls 0-3 lead. Two more in the second half had the girls run out 2-5 winners and a great way to end the season. All five goals were scored by Kristina.
The Taipans Youth team were looking to end the season with a 100% record and go into the South Coast Futsal Club hall of fame. Although far from their best, they had too much for the depleted Majik side. The 1-4 halftime score line was harsh on the Mountain boys. More of the same in the second half had everybody happy with the result except for Taipan coach April, who will demand a much better performance in the finals. The Taipan scorers in the 3-9 win were Klime Sekvtkoski (3), Brad Ferraro, Sam Davies, Nathan Scicchitano, Lee Gilroy and 16’s Scott Curran (2).
An unbeaten run of five games saw the Taipans Women go into this game in 5th place, although we knew it would be tough to hold out for a finals place due to the chasing teams’ games in hand. On the large Windsor court and the extremely hot conditions the two teams played out a very tight game of futsal. Coach Mike Bushe threw caution to the wind as he played keeper Elyse Finlayson out on the court, but the goal she obviously craved managed to elude her. 1-1 at halftime turned into 2-2 at fulltime with both Taipan goals being scored by 16’s Kristina Janeska.
Finally it was the men’s turn, and with the teams in 8th and 9th place it was unlikely that either would qualify for the finals. A disjointed start by the Taipans saw the Majik men race to a 4-2 halftime lead that can be best described as scrappy. The South Coast men did manage to turn things around in the second half finally running out 5-7 winners. The three points have the Taipans currently in 5th spot, so we have everything crossed that the unlikely will happen! The South Coast scorers were Pete Gaffney (2), Justin McLeay (2), Darrell Fernandes and Youth player Nathan Scicchitano.
With only one loss it was a very fruitful day and a good way to end the season. We have at least two teams in the finals and one league winners. We must now put behind us the problems we faced at the beginning of the season and build on all the positives we have seen throughout the campaign. The South Coast Futsal Club committee would like to thank every single Player, Coach and Manager for all your efforts all year and wish each and every one of you a very merry Christmas. Good luck to the teams that have made the finals and to all those players that have been selected for the FFA Nationals in Canberra.