The much-anticipated final of the Mudgee Wolves/PCYC junior futsal competition will be held on Tuesday night after the top two teams were decided earlier in the week during some pulsating final round action.
Two teams needed maximum points to keep alive their chances of playing the already qualified Mudgee Hyundai in the final.
Carpet Court held a one-point lead over Mudgee Toyota heading into the final round and Toyota suffered a major setback before their kick-off against PCYC as Josh Toovey was ruled out due to an ankle injury.
Coach Graham Boyd called upon his nine-year-old son and Project 22 representative Nick to fill the void in what was a must-win game.
As a result, Toyota was forced to field a relatively young side against a quality PCYC outfit, which included under-13 representative players Matt Sprigg, Ryan Martin and Tom Swords.
PCYC took an early lead and a pulsating first half, where no team could maintain an advantage meant that both teams entered the break locked at 3-3.
In stark contrast, the second half turned out to be one-way traffic as Will Toovey started to dominate the midfield, ahead of Nick Pearce, who provided safe hands in goals.
Mudgee Toyota captain Brenton Chapman put on a brave defensive display, as strikers Adam O’Connell and Nick Boyd put away their chances to seal the 8-4 victory.
This result meant that Carpet Court had to defeat Mudgee Hyundai to reach the final.
Carpet Court started at a blistering pace as they looked to inflict Hyundai’s first defeat of the season.
A neat interchange of passing from Nick Tracey, Corey Hurrell and Nathan Payne gave Carpet Court a 1-0 lead.
Carpet Court dominated the rest of the half but failed to punish Hyundai and took a slim 1-0 lead into the break.
Some clever positional changes from Mudgee Hyundai shifted the flow of the game in their favour, as Harrison Maynard and Jesse Boness started to dominate the midfield, which afforded Nathan Salomina and Toby Forrest space up front.
Two cracking second half goals by Mudgee Wolves under-10s player Forrest led Hyundai to a come-from-behind 6-1 win.
Tuesday night’s final now sees Mudgee Toyota up against Mudgee Hyundai with kick off at 7pm.
Graham Boyd will be hoping for a miraculous recovery to Josh Toovey’s ankle, however the youngster looks doubtful for the season decider.
Final round hero Nick Boyd again looks likely to play and his form suggests he could cause Mudgee Hyundai some defensive headaches.
Meanwhile, in a massive coup for the club, four teams reached the final of the State Schools Futsal competition, which will be held in Penrith on Tuesday, August 9.
Two teams from Cudgegong Valley Public School – under-10 and under-12 boys’ teams – as well as two squads from St Matthews (under-10 boys and under-10 girls) will represent Mudgee.
This competition is set to be a big step up for the teams, in terms of quality of opposition, due to the popularity of futsal in metropolitan areas.
Team lists for State Schools Finals:
Cudgegong Valley Public School
Under-10s – Joshua Jones, Adam O’Connell, Jake Sales, Nicholas Bennett, Benson Burgoyne, Mitchell Wisbey.
Under-12s – Kurtley Golden, Jesse Bonness, Nathan Payne, Corey Hurrell, Nick Tracey, Douglas Bennett, Will Toovey.
Under-10 boys – Toby Forrest, Nicholas Boyd, Tom Pearce, Joshua O Brien, Lachlan Baguley, Lochie Birchall, Duncan McNeil.
Under-10 girls – Molly Forrest, Grace Pearce, Jacqueline Byrne, Bridie Mulligan, Georgia Ward, Chloe Bremer.