Auckland and South share lead after series one (NZ)

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NZ Football Futsal

Defending champions Auckland and series one hosts South share the lead in the ASB Futsal National League following the conclusion of play in Dunedin.

Auckland’s campaign got off to a surprising start when they were defeated 3-1 by last season’s wooden spooners Northern in the opening round of matches in the two day series.  It was the champions’ first loss in 14 matches.  Auckland also dropped points in a goalless draw with Capital, but defeated South, Central Manawatu and WaiBOP.

South shares the lead a third of the way through the competition off the back of a strong individual performance from Carlos Hermann.  The big Brazilian target scored eight goals across the series as South defeated newcomers WaiBOP, Mainland and Central Manawatu.

The big improvers were Northern who are the only unbeaten side left in the eight team competition after recording two wins and three draws in their five matches.  Runners up Mainland suffered two defeats over the weekend and are in fourth place.

Newcomers WaiBOP prop up the table despite picking up points in creditable draws with Capital and Central Hawke’s Bay in fifth and sixth respectively.

Central Manawatu sit in seventh spot after a solitary win over federation rivals Hawke’s Bay.

Series two of the ASB Futsal National League will be held at ASB Stadium in Auckland from February 9 to 10 next year.

ASB Futsal National League (Series One) – Results

Round 1
Capital 0-2 Mainland
South 3-1 WaiBOP
Northern 3-1 Auckland
Central Manawatu 3-2 Central Hawke’s Bay

Round 2
WaiBOP 3-3 Capital
Central Hawke’s Bay 1-1 Northern
Mainland 3-1 Central Manawatu
Auckland 7-1 South

Round 3
Central Hawke’s Bay 0-2 Capital
Auckland 4-1 Central Manawatu
Mainland 3-1 WaiBOP
South 2-2 Northern

Round 4
Capital 0-0 Auckland
WaiBOP 1-1 Central Hawke’s Bay
Central Manawatu 2-5 Northern
Mainland 1-3 South

Round 5
Auckland 2-1 WaiBOP
Northern 0-0 Capital
Central Hawke’s Bay 5-3 Mainland
South 2-1 Central Manawatu

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