Match reports from Round 5 of the Western Australia State League, and other news.
Rd 5: Stirling In Control Against Belmont
Stirling Spaniards 8 defeated Belmont Nile Flow 2
As the first team to arrive to the game on Saturday, Stirling looked ready and prepared to put on a strong performance that should ensure they move up and into the mix for a shot at the title. An all round team effort that was led by a 4 goal haul from James Forman was the team highlight, along with the great goalkeeping performance by Julius Ko.
New Stirling Spaniards goalkeeper, Julius Ko has been showing signs of improvement as of late and is now training with the Perth Cougars State Futsal Team. His performance over the weekend had many teams take notice and they will, without a doubt, try and secure his services for the October SFL Challenge Cup. It looks like it won’t be easy for Stirling to keep him at the club, but for now they just need to get on a winning run. Next up for Stirling will be a second attempt at getting a win against The Scarborough Samba Boys, who gave them a rude introduction to the SFL winning by 7 goals to 2.
Rd 5: Samba Boys Sink Calibre 12 With Last Minute Strike
Scarborough Samba Boys 7 defeated Calibre 12 Melville 6
The game of the round will also go down as possibly the game of the season. After trailing by as many as 3 goals in the second half, The Samba Boys were able to fight back and win this game by a single goal. All with only a few minutes left on the clock. It seemed that the 5 goals by Victor Brauner would be overshadowed by the last minute winner by Thiago Vieira, which sent the whole team into raptures, as if they had won the Grand Final. This was a Futsal display of skill mixed in with a whole lot of passion.
As expected, the early goals came from Diego Garcia and Daniele D’Ulisse from Calibre 12, however defensively they were not able to stop Victor Brauner from scoring, of which he seemed to do at will. It was he who was not gonna let this game go even when they were down by 3.
In the dying minutes Diego Garcia tried to win the game on his own but when he lost possession, Scarborough broke away with speed and team play that finally got them the winner. An awesome game that had the crowd cheering and screaming with delight.
Rd 5: South Fremantle Unable To Keep Up With The Champs
Fremantle Muita Calma 8 defeated South Fremantle MC 4
This top of the table clash ended with South Fremantle dropping to 3rd on the table due to the win by Scarborough over Melville. The game started with some defensive mistakes by Fremantle which had the South side taking an early 2 goal lead. This was short lived as their captain, once again, led his side to another awesome victory that ended in a Futsal lesson for the opposition. South Fremantle was found chasing for most of the second half, however they did expose some gaps in the Muita Calma defense which coach Rafaele Capasso will no doubt be looking to fix up before his side travels to Cairns in October.
Luke Tidy was once again the inspiring leader he has been all year for Fremantle Muita Calma and this game saw him at the forefront of many of the goals, with 4 of his own and assisting in many of the others.
Next up for the teams is the Cup Round followed by a well earned weekend off. The season continues on the 14th July
Round 6: July 14th
- 11.45am Belmont Nile Flow vs South Fremantle MC
- 12.30pm Fremantle Muita Calma vs Calibre 12 Melville
- 1.25pm Scarborough Samba Boys vs Stirling Spaniards
SFL WINTER CUP 2012
The SFL Winter Cup was played at Melville Recreation Centre on Saturday the 30th of June, with games played at a fast pace by the top Futsal teams in the State. The Groups were set up as below with some of the results expected and the others just became pure excitment for all the neutral supporters.
- Group A: Fremantle Muita Calma, Calibre 12 Melville, Belmont Nile Flow
- Group B: Scarborough Samba Boys, Stirling Spaniards, South Fremantle MC
In Group A, Calibre 12 and Muita Calma were dead locked at the end of the Rounds so it went to penalties to decide the Group Winner.
Calibre 12 won 4 – 2 in the shoot out and went through as Group Winners.
In Group B, The Samba Boys cruised through the group finishing on top, winning all their games. The Runner up position came down to the final result of The Samba Boys vs South Fremantle. The 3 all draw between Spaniards and South Fremantle meant that the results against Samba Boys would determine who goes through. Unfortunately the Spaniards went down 4 -1 and South Fremantle managed a 4 – 2 loss which got them through on the goals scored.
Calibre 12 Melville (Winner Group A) 4 def South Fremantle MC 1 (Runner Up Group B)
Fremantle Muita Calma (Runner Up Group A) 3 def Scarborough Samba Boys (Winners Group B) 2
The Semi Final results brought together the 2 sides from Group A, who would once again square off and carry on from where they left off, in a back and fourth match that went down to the wire. After going up 2 Nil and many thinking they were on their way to another WA Futsal trophy, Fremantle Muita Calma seemed to run out of energy which lead to some uncharacteristic errors allowing Calibre 12 back into the game. The counter attack by Melville created many opportunities where they were faced with one on one situations with the keeper from Fremantle.
The whole scenario of coming back to win the game was poised for The Calibre 12 Captain, Diego Garcia, to once again exercise his skills as one of the most lethal finishers in the State Futsal League. It was indeed he who got them back into the game and ultimately through to a penalty shoot out.
Once it came down to penalties and it was Calibre 12 Goalkeeper, Rob Kostic, who was the stand out performer. As with the Round, the result finished 4 -2 to Calibre 12 Melville.
SFL Winter Cup Winners 2012: Calibre 12 Melville
SFL Winter Cup M.V.P.
The SFL Cup winners had 2 reasons to be happy. Not only did they take out the Cup against the seemingly unbeatable Fremantle Muita Calma, but they had their goalkeeper, Rob Kostic, awarded the Pele Sports Most Valuable Player Award for the tournament. His performance in goals ensured his side would not only beat Fremantle Muita Calma once but twice to prove the first time was no fluke.
Next weekend see’s a break in the competition, but returns with some mouth watering match ups. Noticeably is the re-match of Fremantle and Melville at 12.30pm.