Vic Vipers and Dural Warriors have the early running after grabbing a trio of decisive victories at the YMCA Derrimut in Melbourne’s western suburbs, but all teams were highly competitive despite a couple of lopsided scorelines.
A healthy crowd also made for an exciting atmosphere as almost 400 people piled into the YMCA over the two days to catch a glimpse of all the action.
And excitement was the name of the game as a whopping 46 different players scored 85 great goals (just over seven a game), Dural duo Greg Giovenali and Nathan Niski snaring five apiece, followed by four-goal efforts from Warriors team-mates Michael Figueira and Jarrod Basger (all against Boomerangs) and Vipers ace Jonathan Barientos.
While it’s early days, the Victorian teams are split with undefeated St Albans Strikers rounding out the top-three and Melbourne Heart and Jaguars yet to open their account.
North of the border East Coast Heat are fourth following their win and draw, and Parramatta Blues and Boomerangs picked up a win each.
The 2012 Hummel F-League next moves to Sydney’s Morris Iemma Indoor Sports Centre for Series-2 match-ups (rounds 4-6) on June 23-24.
Vipers strike at Jaguars
A home derby between Vic Vipers and Jaguars kickstarted this year’s Hummel F-League on Saturday morning with the 8-1 scoreline underlining the Vipers advantage in playing experience.
The crowd sat 3-4 deep on a crisp Saturday morning as both sides fought hard in the opening minutes, .Vipers poened the socring scoring Thiago Priori on the quarter-hour and a Jason Barientos strike put them 2-0 in front at the break after a tough, tight first half.
The Vipers got off to a blistering second term run and goals to Adam Cooper, Mirza Pedic and a double strike to Barientos and Priori in the 33rd minute pushed them out to a decisive 8-1 advantage before a late consolation goal from Barrigos for Jaguars wrapped up the scoring.
Vic Vipers 8 (Thiago Priori 13′, 33′, Adam Cooper 21′, Mirza Pedic 22′, Jason Barientos 19′, 33′, Kui Mu 27′,40′) defeated Jaguars 1 (Miguel Barrigos 4′, 39′)
Warriors douse Heat
The second Saturday morning game was an absolute doozie between NSW sides Dural and newly formed East Coast Heat, the Warriors overturning a 2-3 halftime deficit to win 7-3.
East Coast blasted out of the blocks and a Chris Zeballos double and Nathan Niski own goal lifted Heat to a hard-fought but well-deserved 3-2 lead at the interval.
But it was all Dural in the second period as Greg Giovenali completed his hat-trick, Niski bobbed up for couple of goals for his own team, and Blake Rosier and Toby Seeto strikes rounded out an emphatic 7-3 victory.
Dural Warriors 7 (Greg Giovenali x3, Nathan Niski x2, Blake Rosier, Tobias Seeto) defeated East Coast Heat 3 (Chris Zeballos x2, Nathan Niski own goal)
Boomerangs burn Heart
The midday matinee was an exciting fixture as Boomerangs edged out Melbourne Heart 2-1 after the two sides were deadlocked 0-0 at halftime.
After a tight first term tussle produced no goals it took just three minutes following the restart for Lev Lewis to find an opening for Heart.
But Melbourne’s joy was shortlived as Boomerangs countered with swift replies from Glenn Smith and George Cattanach to take a 2-1 advantage with 13 minutes still to play.
The home side kept at it and only had themselves to blame when they missed an absolute sitter with 30 seconds to go that would’ve tied the game up, Boomerangs holding on for a debut win.
Boomerangs 2 (Glenn Smith 25′, George Cattanach 27′) def Melbourne Heart 1 (Lev Lewis 23′)
Strikers give Parramatta the blues
St Albans Strikers rolled Parramatta Blues 4-0 in the Saturday afternoon match.
A tight opening period saw St Albans take a one goal lead into halftime via Ivan Zilic’s fourth-minute strike, but a more dominant second half start lifted the Strikers to a four goal lead by the half-hour mark thanks to goals from Jusuf Avdic, Tomislav Grigic and Aljia Redzepovic.
Parramatta had no answers in stopping a first-up whitewash, St Albans winning comfortably 4-zip.
St Albans Strikers 4 (Ivan Zilic 4′, Jusuf Avdic 21′, Tomislav Grigic 23′ Aljia Redzepovic 28′) defeated Parramatta Blues 0
Warriors bring down Jaguars
Dural Warriors romped home to a massive 10-1 win over Jaguars as round two games started on Saturday evening with a massacre.
Jaguars were actually quite competitive early on and only a fourth-minute Toby Seeto goal for the Warriors separated the two sides at halftime.
Dural gave themselves a three-goal buffer when Greg Giovenali and Michael Figueira both found the mark in the 27th minute before a Sanchul Lim goal for Jaguars kept the home side in the game with 10 minutes left.
But before you could bat an eyelid Giovenali scored again, and then so did Taka Iata, Wade Giovenali, Figueira (his second), Danny Martinez and Nathan Niski (2) as the Warriors strutted off court 10-1 winners.
The manner of victory raised eyebrows in opposition F-League camps, especially as Dural found a way to score three goals in the last 90 seconds of the game.
Dural Warriors 10 (Tobias Seeto 4′, Greg Giovenali 27′, 30′, Michael Figueira 27′, 39′, Taka Iata 33′, Wade Giovenali 34′, Nathan Niski 36′, 40′, Danny Martinez 40′) defeated Jaguars 1 (Sangchul Lim 30′)
Vipers stop Boomerangs
An injury-savaged Boomerangs fell 4-1 to Vic Vipers on Saturday night in a valiant display from the ACT side.
The visitors led 1-0 early thanks to a Sam Smith goal but Vipers player Adam Cooper drew them level within a minute before a Jonathan Barientos strike five minutes later lifted the Vics 2-1 in front midway through the half.
The Boomerangs efforts were tempered by a serious injury to George Cattanach (possible Achilles) and further goals to Jason Barientos and Ricardo Castro proved too much for the ACT side to chase down, Vipers winning 4-1.
Vic Vipers 4 (Adam Cooper 8′, Jonathan Barientos 12′, Jason Barientos 34′, Ricardo Castro 38′) defeated Boomerangs 1 (Sam Smith 7′)
Strikers, Heat in stalemate
St Albans Strikers and East Coast Heat played out a thrilling 2-2 draw as round two games resumed on Sunday morning.
East Coast scored the opener but the lead was shortlived as 10 seconds after the restart St Albans equalised.
Futsalroos goalkeeper Peter Spathis then earned himself a yellow card for bringing down a Strikers attacker and the resulting penalty gave the home side a 2-1 halftime lead.
But it was all Heat in the second half as the NSW-side leveled up the scores to play out the weekend’s only draw.
St Albans Strikers 2 (Tomislav Grigic, Vadim Mazurski) drew with East Coast Heat 2 (Joao Da Silva, Soufiane Soufi)
Heart sing the Blues
Parramatta Blues picked up its first win of the weekend after defeating Melbourne Heart 6-0 in a fiery affair on Sunday morning.
Goals to Goran Ljuboja and Alan Kovacevic kicked Parramatta into gear as they led 2-0 at the interval.
It was fireworks in the second period as both sides committed five fouls each, the Blues making the most of the situation with goals to captain Gavin Schipp and Tuan Cao doubling their advantage by the half-hour mark.
Melbourne tried to find a way back into the game by playing fifth man for the final six minutes of the game only for a Jordan Guerreiro and second Cao goal in the dying moments to finish off a convincing six-goal whitewash.
Parramatta Blues 6 (Goran Ljuboja 7′, Alan Kovacevic 11′, Gavin Schipp 26′, Tuan Cao 29′, 37′, Jordan Guerreiro 39′) defeated Melbourne Heart 0
Dural down Boomerangs
A clinical second half performance from Dural Warriors elevated them to a fine 8-3 win over Boomerangs on Sunday afternoon.
The Warriors led 4-2 at halftime and hit the second half afterburners as Jarrod Basger bagged four goals and Michael Figueira a brace to help Dural complete a hat-trick of wins in Series-1 and take the competition lead on goal difference over Vic Vipers.
Dural Warriors 8 (Jarrod Basger x4, Michael Figueira x2, Wade Giovenali, Nathan Niski) defeated Boomerangs 3 (Daniel Fulton x2, Sam Smith)
Heat cook Jaguars
East Coast Heat turned up the interstate fire with a 5-1 win against Jaguars on Sunday afternoon.
Andre Caro got the ball rolling for East Coast in just the third minute and a 10th-minute Adam Husseini follow-up gave the Heat a 2-0 buffer at halftime.
The visitors kept up their pressure in the second half and Joao Da Silva extended the lead five minutes after the restart before a Chris Hanly double made it 5-0, Sangchul Lim netting a consolation goal for the Victorians.
East Coast Heat 5 (Andre Caro 3′, Adam Husseini 10′, Joao Da Silva 25′, Chris Hanly 33′, 34′) defeated Jaguars 1 (Sangchul Lim 34′)
Vipers beat Parramatta
Vic Vipers wrapped up its third successive victory following a solid 5-2 victory over Parramatta Blues on Sunday afternoon.
It was nice and close at the start of the match before Jonathan Barientos struck either side of a Fernando de Moraes goal to make it 3-0 for Vipers at halftime.
Adam Cooper pushed the advantage to 4-0 straight after the break but a Slavan Ljubljana double for Parramatta halved the deficit and made for an exciting last five minutes of the game with the Blues trailing 4-2.
However, Barientos finished off his hat-trick in the last few minutes to complete a sound 5-2 win.
Vic Vipers 5 (Jonathan Barrientos 13′, 16′, 37′, Fernando de Moraes 15′ Adam Cooper 23′) defeated Parramatta Blues 2 (Slavan Ljubljana 34′, 36′)
Strikers eclipse Heart
St Albans Strikers edged Melbourne Heart in a 5-3 derby thriller on Sunday evening to remain unbeaten in the 2012 F-League.
St Albans certainly looked the goods when goals to Jose Portillo, Maxim Avram, Aljia Redzepovic and Jusuf Advic underpinned a dominant 4-0 halftime lead, and Irzad Spijodic pushed them even further in front in the 27th minute.
But a Heart feeding frenzy saw Anthony Ramzy score twice and Muhammed Tankir bag another inside three minutes of each other as Melbourne clawed their way back to two goals down with seven minutes still to play.
But the miracle comeback wasn’t to be as the Strikers held on for a 5-3 win to sit just behind unbeaten Dural and Vic Vipers on the competition ladder.
St Albans Strikers 5 (Jose Portillo 11′, Maxim Avram 14′, Aljia Redzepovic 17′, Jusuf Advic 19′, Irzad Spijodic 27′) defeated Melbourne Heart 3 (Anthony Ramzy 31′, 33′, Muhammed Tankir 32′)
Series 2 will take place at the Morris Iemma Sports Centre, Riverwood, NSW on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th June.