It was great to be back at home after the last four weeks away and also good to see the Development Squad finally get another run out. Both teams thrilled their watching parents with some great futsal in two very enjoyable games. The future is bright for these boys and girls and it’s good to see clubs encouraging them at such an early age.
12 Boys – Sponsored by Gloria Jean’s Coffee
Only three points separated these two sides at the beginning of the day, but with Bobby’s young Taipans boasting the best defensive record in his division we were confident he could get us off to a great start and stretch that gap. A very close game ensued with the South Coast youngsters holding on to their one goal lead at halftime and running home 4-3 winners. Goals from Joel King (3) and Luke Jones gave us the perfect start to the day.
Sitting just a couple of places behind a very talented Majik outfit, the Taipan girls are really developing well under Coach Zivco. With some good results recently their climb up the table has been well deserved. An extremely tight game saw parity at halftime with the score locked at 1-1. A great effort in the second half, with only one substitute, had both teams take a point each in a 2-2 draw. Against teams as strong as Majik you need all your squad, but credit to the girls for what they achieved. Goal scorers for the Taipans were Anastasia Grozdanov and Olivia Mavridis.
14 Boys – Sponsored by Peter Taranto Real Estate
The Majik 14 Boys were boasting a 100% record coming into this game and it didn’t take long for our boys to find out why. Majik were bigger, stronger and much more developed in futsal compared to our young side, and promptly gave s a lesson as to where we need to be. The Taipans kept their heads up despite going down 2-11 and will have learned a lot from this game. Our scorers were Jarrod Walter and Mitch Ferraro.
14 Girls – Sponsored by Ecomulch
Like the 14 Boys, the Majik Girls were also boasting a 100% record coming into this game, and with the Taipans missing their influential captain, Abi Jordan, some in the crowed feared the worst. 0-4 down at halftime and we could have expected a cricket score, but the Taipan Girls never gave up belief in a second half where they held the Majik to just two goals and scored one themsleves through Kya Stewart. In the end a good result against a very good team.
16 Boys – Sponsored by Big River Timber
On the same points it was one v two for the 16 Boys encounter in a game that had everything. Unfortunately for us, it had too much. The game was going very much as expected, end to end stuff with both teams giving it their all. 2-2 at halftime and you couldn’t split the two sides. Then some bewildering refereeing decisions along with ill discipline from the home side saw a flurry of cards in game that had not been dirty in any way. Two red cards for the Taipans was too much to come back from and in the end the Majik boys ran out deserved 3-6 victors. The Taipan scorers were Matt Mazevski, Jack Taseski and Kyle Del.
This was another game with only the solitary point separating the two teams, and although we didn’t have the complete compliment of players, we were all hoping the in-form 16 Girls could get our day back on track. A good first half performance from both sides had the matched locked at 1-1 at halftime thanks to a fine goal from Catherine Bullivant. In the second half the Majik girls proved they had that little bit more in depth and opened up the scoring to take the game 1-3.
Youth Men – Sponsored by Koonawarra Meats
With half the Youth Squad away doing ‘stuff’ it was no surprise to once again see a bench full of 16 Boys. Up against a Majik side sitting in fourth spot it was probably too much to ask for the Taipans to get us back to winning ways, but that’s exactly what they did with a great spirited performance. 1-0 up at halftime, it was all to play for, but the youngsters kept going right to the end running out 3-2 to the good. South Coast goal scorers were Guy Knight and Matt Mazevski.
Finally getting some of their players back and getting them all to training meant that the Women could actually play a game with no 16 Girls. This in itself was a daunting prospect as the 16 Girls had done such a great job previously. But play they did, extending their recent run of good first half performances unlucky to go in at 1-1 at halftime. This week however, the second half was as good as the first, and although the girls did eventually go down 1-3, this was by far the best showing of the season. Shenea Giraldi getting the Taipans goal.
Men – Sponsored by Koonawarra Meats
Our First Grade (Men, Youth & 16 Boys) have done remarkably well this season remaining unbeaten despite having a different team each week, and one day our over-reliance on the youngsters will backfire, but not this week! A good first half performance had the Taipans race to a 4-0 lead. This was only marred by the inevitable sending off of Ricky Zucco. Ricky was missed in the second half as the Majik fought their way back into the game, but the remaining Taipans held on to stretch their unbeaten run, and go clear at the top of the table. Final score 5-3, with goals from Mitch Del Turco, Ricky Zucco, Guy Knight and Matt Mazevski.
So the day proved as difficult as we thought it might, three wins and a draw against five loses realistically puts us out of the club championship running. Sitting in fifth spot 23 points behind Majik with four rounds to go. We now have to concentrate in getting as many teams as possible through to the finals.
Next week sees us at home again with another big thriller against fourth placed Maccabi.