NSW Premier League Match Day 1 report from the Taipans
After an extremely disrupted pre-season our long awaited first ever match in the FNSW Futsal Premier League finally arrived. Unfortunately, due to the round being scheduled for a Sunday, we found ourselves sharing our new venue with hockey players and computer enthusiasts. But this, and the incessant rain, couldn’t dampen the spirits of either team.
It would appear that both cubs were affected by the prolonged outdoor season, school holidays, injuries and the imminent state titles, as both clubs had depleted squads in various age groups.
The first league game in this re-configured fixture was the 12 Girls. The Taipan fledglings, depleted by holidays, started well, creating some good chances, but poor finishing and some excellent goalkeeping from the young Boomerang kept the girls at bay. Unfortunately it wasn’t the same at the other end as the ACT side put their chances away. The 0-4 score line at halftime didn’t reflect the game but the girls kept their heads up. The second half saw the Taipans chase the game in search of that elusive come back, but this left holes at the back. The final score of 2-7 was hard on the girls but they will get better. The Taipan goal scorers were Kya Stewart and Danika Matos.
The Taipan 14 Girls were another of our sides affected by absentees, but went into the game full of promise. It soon became apparent however, that at this level you need your full squad out there. An extremely fast paced game took its toll on the girls; some of who had only just finished the 12’s game, as the Boomerangs took a deserved 0-4 lead at halftime. More of the same in the second half saw a final score of 0-7.
The South Coast 16 Girls knew that the Boomerangs would be a stout test and an evenly fought first half had the teams’ level at 1-1. The second half saw the experience of the ACT girls gradually get on top, finally running out 1-3 winners, but our girls can take a lot out of the match as most have not played futsal before. The Taipan scorer was Jessica Jovanovski.
Finally it was time for the boys to get their first taste of Premier League futsal, and the 12 boys took the opportunity to show what they can do with a fine display. Missing some players due to outdoor commitments they still managed to run in 3-1 up at half time. More of the same for the second half saw the boys finish 7-3. A good all round performance with the Taipan scorers: Joel King 3, Nathan Maljanovski 2 and Jacob Gjorsevski 2.
The 14 Boys went into their game looking to keep the Taipan come back on track, which they did with aplomb. A well disciplined first half performance saw the boys’ race to a 4-0 lead. The second half was a lot more even with the Boomerangs reducing the Taipan attack to only one further goal. The final score 5-2 with the scorers, Dion Sterjovski 2, Zac McLaren 2 and Mathew Mazevski 1.
The Taipan 16 Boys are a new team on a steep learning curve, and so it proved as a very strong Boomerangs side put an abrupt end to the Taipan fight back and any thoughts we had of ending the day on top. A great effort by the new boys had the scores locked at 0-0 at halftime. The second half was a different story as the experience of the ACT boys came to the fore as they went on to record a 0-6 win.
The Taipans Youth team were looking to start the season with a win over the team that beat them in last year’s Grand Final but it was not to be. With injuries and a couple of new faces meaning it wasn’t quite the same team, the boys still went into the game in a confident mood. Chances were at a premium and the game was all square at halftime 1-1. The story of the second half was one of one team putting away the chances they had while the other didn’t. The boys were obviously disappointed with a 1-4 loss. Taipans scorer, Andrew Breslin.
A re-built women’s team went into their game unsure as to what to expect, as many of them hadn’t even had the chance to train together. Both teams were missing players, but it was the Boomerangs that had the majority of the chances, kept at bay by a fine performance by Elyse Finlayson in the Taipan goal. A solitary goal in the second half was enough to seal the win for the ACT women.
Finally it was the men’s turn, but with the Illawarra Premier League still not over, some notable names were still not on the team sheet. I.e. Ricky Zucco and the newly signed Alvin Ceccoli. The first half was a tightly contested affair with the Boomerangs taking a slender 2-3 lead into halftime. The second half saw the lack of depth in the squad take its toll as the depleted Taipans tired, allowing the very strong ACT men run out convincing 3-6 winners. Taipans scorers were Pete Gaffney 2 and Mitchell Del Turco 1.
With only two wins it was not the start we all dreamed of, but there were some very good performances that the players can be proud of. They will learn from the experience and will only get better.