Interesting round six results have further tightened up the Futsal Men’s Premier League playoff race with Dural leading Sydney City and Boomerangs by a mere point, and Enfield, Campbelltown and Inner West all close behind them.
It sets up an enthralling summer of contests as the clubs take this weekend off to try their luck at the state championships.
The 15 years and under teams will be playing out of Penrith, while the 16s and up will be at Windsor.
Dural wipe Mascot
Dural Warriors kept their noses in front on a congested points ladder following a 7-1 wipe-out of Mascot Vipers at the All Sorts Fitness Centre on Saturday night.
The Warriors were simply too good in a clinical performance that sent a stern warning to the rest of the competition that they mean serious business this season.
Dural are now five games unbeaten and their third straight away win keeps them a point ahead of Sydney City and Boomerangs on a table that sees just four points separating the top six teams.
Mascot coach Zvi Ben David dipped his hat to a well-drilled Dural side. “They simply outplayed us,” he said. “They supported one another very well and played good Futsal, [whereas] we missed our opportunities and copped four soft goals.”
“No excuses, we just didn’t gel. We’ve got magnificent players but they’re not gelling yet. Our mission is to get going against Sydney City [in round seven]; it’s critical we do well. The talent is there but we have to work hard on gelling with each other.”
The Vipers cause hasn’t been helped by key player Yavus Ekinci missing three games so far as Mascot slumped to its fourth straight defeat.
Boomerangs edge City
Boomerangs pipped Sydney City 4-3 in an epic encounter at Southern Cross Stadium on Saturday night.
The result drew both sides together on the points table, one point behind Dural, as Boomerangs won back-to-back games for the first time this season.
George Cattanach put the home side in front early before Sydney City responded with an equaliser just before halftime.
A second half onslaught from the visitors was repelled gallantly by a stoic Boomerangs defensive effort, with the ACT-based side managing to punch in three more goals (Cattanach completing his hat-trick and Daniel Fulton adding another) before two more City goals opened the game up in the closing minutes with the scoreline at 4-3.
Sydney pounded the Boomerangs goal for the final three minutes but couldn’t find a leveler, the home side hanging on for a thrilling victory.
Boomerangs co-coach Kristian Collins was delighted with the result, and even happier with the solid start to the 2011-12 campaign. “We’re not doing too badly are we?” he said. “We expected to be in that top four area with the players we’ve got and, despite being a few players short with injuries, we defended well and hit them on the counter.”
“Angelo [Konstantinou] was again outstanding in goals and is having a blinder of a season… and we’ve done well to pick up two wins on the road; away games are crucial. We haven’t travelled with our full squad yet, so we’d like to get some consistency in the playing roster and get healthy bodies back on court. I think we’ll win more games back-to-back once this happens.”
Enfield crush Inner West
Enfield Rovers jumped Inner West Allstars into fourth spot with a thumping 8-3 win over Inner West at All Saints Grammar on Saturday night.
A Giacomo Di Mento hat-trick paved the way to the comprehensive victory, extending Enfield’s unbeaten run to three matches – all against Sydney opponents and scoring 19 team goals in the process – and leading nicely into their round seven match-up with South Coast.
Enfield coach Ernie Bivona underlined Saturday as his favourite day of the week again. “I think the boys have got team harmony and bonded well. We had a few hiccups at the start of the season but are now back to the way we used to play in the good ol’ days,” he said.
“Good combinations are very important as Futsal is a tight game. If you know where you’re running it makes you look good, and if you know a lot of things about your team, like who likes to hit it with which foot, then it makes the game much easier to play.”
“After watching our youth and women get some great results [against Allstars], the boys just came out on fire. I have to give a special mention to Jacob [Di Mento]; the goal he scored was a ripper! We were losing 1-nil at the time and everyone just lifted, and we didn’t concede until the end of the game.”
In regards to the closeness of the competition, Bivona was just as thrilled. “It’s good, I like it, and I really think we have a situation where 5-6 teams can win it on their day. It’s all about finding form at the right time and hanging in there… but I’m really enjoying Saturday nights again!”
Quake rumble Coast
Campbelltown Quake shook South Coast Taipains 6-2 at the Illawarra Hockey Centre on Saturday night.
While the home side continued its slow improvements this season the Taipans are now win-less after six rounds following a work-horse performance from Campbelltown.
The win, Quake’s first on the road this year, kept Campbelltown in the playoff picture ahead of their long trip south to take on Boomerangs in the next round.
Next week’s games
Round 7 of Futsal NSW returns on Saturday, November 12, when the competition reaches its halfway point with South Coast hosting Enfield Rovers at the Illawarra Sports Stadium, Campbelltown hitting the freeway to meet Boomerangs at the AIS Training Halls, Sydney City welcoming Mascot Vipers to Bankstown Basketball Stadium, and Dural Warriors tackling Inner West Allstars at the Sports & Leisure Centre.