FFA Nationals 2013 : Grand Finals

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Logo - FFA FutsalGIRLS’ UNDER-12

NSW Metro 5 (own goal 1’, Olivia Robinson 5’, 22’, Rosaria Galea 37’, Bethany Gordon 38’) NSW Regional 0

NSW Metro stormed to victory over their rivals NSW Regional in an exciting final in the AIS Arena. Metro had been in good form all week and got off to a flier with a goal inside the opening minute of the match. A second goal, struck by Olivia Robinson four minutes later had the Metro team in command but they certainly didn’t have anything their own way with Regional putting in plenty of effort and unlucky not to score. A second from Robinson two minutes into the second half made it 3-0 and, as Regional attempted to get back into the match, Metro picked them off on the counter and late goals from Rosaria Galea and Bethany Gordon sealed the result. This was an excellent match between two teams who played some top quality futsal with Robinson named the stand-out performer on the day.

GF MVP: Olivia Robinson (NSW Metro)

Player of Tournament: Connor Johansen (Queensland Regional)


NSW Regional 4 (Jacob Vasiliou 3’, Rocco Chisari 25’, Tallon Zahra 29’, Dean Pelekanos 40’ (pen)) NSW Metro 3 (Joel King 2’, Zachary Duncan 9’, Brodie Clarkson 36’)

A penalty with the last kick of the game from Dean Pelekanos gave NSW Regional a sensational 4-3 win over NSW Metro in a breathtaking Boy’s under-12 Grand Final. Pelekanos showed nerves of steel to place a superb spot-kick in the last seconds and give his team the win. Earlier Joel King put Metro ahead in the 2nd minute before Jacob Vasiliou levelled just sixty seconds later. In an end-to-end match Zachary Duncan put Metro back in front ahead of a rip-roaring second half. Rocco Chisari equalised for Regional five minutes after the re-start and Tallon Zahra made it 3-2 Regional with eleven minutes to play. Brodie Clarkson was able to make it 3-3 as the tension mounted. Metro’s Duncan was unfortunately dismissed for after receiving two yellow cards before Pelekanos’ had his moment to shine from the spot.

GF MVP: Dean Pelekanos (NSW Regional)

Player of Tournament: Zara Hossack (ACT)


Queensland 2 (Joshua Nisbet 13’, Adam Sawyer 19’) NSW Metro 3 (Will Carter 8’, Conor Quilligan 35’, Marley Paterson 38’)

A goal two minutes from time from Player of the Tournament Marley Paterson gave NSW Metro a 3-2 win over Queensland in the Boy’s under-13 Grand Final. Paterson fittingly struck the match-winner as time ticked away to seal a come from behind success for NSW. Will Carter had earlier given NSW the lead in the 9th minute, an advantage they held for four minutes as Joshua Nisbet equalised for Queensland. The Maroons found themselves in the lead a minute before the break as Adam Sawyer struck a fine goal to leave NSW plenty to do. A brave rear guard action ensured before Conor Quilligan tapped home the match leveller five minutes from full-time. Both sides went at it hammer and tongs to claim the winner but it was Paterson who was to have the final say, capping a sensational week, with the decisive moment.

GF MVP: Conor Quilligan (NSW Metro)

Player of Tournament: Marley Peterson (NSW Metro)


NSW Metro 10 (Anthony Haddad 4’, 23’, 32’, Liam McGing 9’, 37’, 39’, Jake Borromeo 15’, Brodie Smith 20’, 22’, Thomas Papa 31’) Victoria 2 (Ryan Dragovic 8’ Nathan Liberto 38’)

A man of the match performance from two-goal Brodie Smith helped guide NSW Metro to a sensational 10-2 victory over Victoria in the Boys’ under-14 Grand Final. Smith was in fine form as he struck two critical goals either side of the half-time whistle to help his team to victory. Anthony Haddad, named Player of the Tournament, got Metro off to a great start with a 4th minute goal, on the way to a hat-trick. Liam McGing also bagged a treble as goals went in at regular intervals. Jake Borromeo added his name to the score sheet in the first half as Metro opened up a 4-1 half-time cushion. Thomas Papa struck in the 31st minute as the score line blew out but Victoria kept on plugging away and were rewarded with a late goal to Nathan Liberto, the goal the second the Victorians scored after Ryan Dragovic’s first-half strike.

GF MVP: Brodie Smith (NSW Metro)

Player of Tournament: Anthony Haddad (MSW Metro)


NSW Metro 4 (Lorena Bugden 1’, Demi Koulizakis 23’, 25’, Rochelle Borromeo 30’) South Australia 2 (Lani Cheetham 28’, Alexandra Chidiac 39’)

It was NSW Metro’s day in the Girls’ under-14 Grand Final as they saw off South Australia 4-2 in a match that was a lot tighter than the final score suggested. Lorena Bugden was the player of the match and her efforts were instrumental in her team’s victory. Bugden opened the scoring in the first minute, showing poise and panache to finish well. The match certainly seemed to be in the grasp of NSW when Demi Koulizakis found the space to score twice in the 23rd and 25th minutes as Metro went 3-0 to the good. South Australia refused to buckle though and Lani Cheetham gave them hope with a goal in the 28th minute. As they pushed for another though NSW caught them on the break and Rochelle Borromeo fired in the fourth to virtually seal the result. South Australia kept battling to the end and was rewarded when Alexandra Chidiac grabbed a consolation goal a minute from time.

GF MVP: Lorena Bugden (NSW Metro)

Player of Tournament: Emma Gibbon (Queensland Regional)


NSW Metro 6 (Marino Trimboli 1’, Edward Rinaldi 5’, 20’, Michael Loupis 28’, 32’, 40’ (pen)) ACT 4 (Nic Dahl 9’, Thomas Milicevic 12’, 24’, Will Hunter 31’)

NSW Metro won a quite brilliant Boys’ under-16 Grand Final 6-4 against the ACT in a match that could have gone either way and was in doubt right until a late penalty from NSW close to full-time. Until then Metro could not shake off the challenge of the ACT who had responded magnificently to a 2-0 deficit after only five minutes. Marino Trimboli and Edward Rinaldi had NSW ahead early on but Nic Dahl and Thomas Milicevic brought the ACT level. Rinaldi restored NSW’s lead only for Milicevic, the Player of the Tournament, to restore parity. Will Hunter put the ACT ahead in the 31st minute for the first time but it was Metro, and player of the match Michael Loupis, who was to finish strongest. Loupis struck a hat-trick in the latter part of the match striking twice in the space of four minutes to give his team the lead before rounding out the encounter with a penalty in the final seconds to round out a cracking tie.

GF MVP: Michael Loupis (NSW Metro)

Player of Tournament: Thomas Milicevic (ACT)


Southern NSW 0 Queensland 4 (Michael Mills 43’, 45’, Todd Schaefer 49’, own goal 50’) – after extra time

The final game of the morning session was the eagerly anticipated AWD final between Southern NSW and Queensland with the Maroons emerging victorious from a tight clash 4-0 after extra-time. Southern NSW have been the standout team in this division for the two years previously having been undefeated at the Futsal National Championships, a record that threatened to stretch to three years following this match. Both teams worked exceptionally hard for this one though with Queensland pushing them every step of the way forcing the match into extra-time after forty minutes of action failed to separate the two combatants. And, it was in the extra period that Queensland finally snapped Southern’s dominance. Michael Mills proved the difference with a stunning display in the extra ten minutes, striking the opening goal and going on to claim a brace with his pace and finishing first-class. Todd Schaefer also netted for Queensland in a great display. Southern NSW goalkeeper Nathan Whalen was impressive for the vanquished Southern making a string of outstanding saves, but it was Queensland’s day in the end.

GF MVP: Nathan Whalen (Southern NSW)

Player of Tournament: Sebastian Saura (NSW Regional)


NSW Regional 5 (Nadia Nisbet 7’, Tara Pender 11’, Rhianna Pollicina 23’, 27, Anja Cherry 26’) NSW Metro 1 (Logan Garrard 25’ (pen))

NSW Regional stormed to success in the Girl’s uner-16 Grand Final with a devastating display to see off NSW Metro in the AIS Arena. The slick passing of The Regional team was too much for their state rivals to cope with and from the moment that Nadia Nisbet finished off a flowing move to put them ahead they never looked like losing the match. Tara Pender increased the lead in the 11th minute with a cheeky flick on the end of an Anja Cherry free-kick as Regional took a two-goal lead into the half-time break. Rhianna Pollicina was enjoying a superb match and the Regional skipper finished off another lightning fast counter to put her team 3-0 ahead and put the game beyond Metro. The outstanding Logan Garrard reduced the arrears from the penalty spot for Metro but, almost immediately, Cherry produced a wonderful finish to restore the three-goal cushion. Regional saved the beat til last as Pollicina made it 5-1 at the end of another superb passing move as Regional claimed the title in some style.

GF MVP: Rhianna Pollicina (NSW Regional)

Player of Tournament: Renae Pantelis (South Australia)


NSW Metro 2 (Kristopher Vlismas 14’, Alexander Vlismas 24’) NSW Regional 1 (Jake Douglas 17’)

Goals either side of the half-time break from the Vlismas brothers, Kristopher and Alexander, was enough for NSW Metro to sneak past NSW Regional 2-1 in the Boys’ under-16 Grand Final at the AIS Arena. It was a brave effort from a depleted Regional who battled hard and deserved more from a gallant performance. Metro took the lead in the 14th minute with a well-worked goal that had a touch of fortune about it. Kristopher Vlismas looked to play in Robert Perre but, as the ball bounced off Perre’s heel the move looked dead. Vlismas recovered though to play a one-two with Perre and slot in the opener. Regional’s response was emphatic. Jake Douglas collected a stray place and beat three attempted challenges before slamming a low shot past the goalkeeper and into the bottom corner of the net. At 1-1 it was anyone’s game and in the end it took another passing move to break the deadlock. Kristopher Vlismas fed Pietro Nigro who held the ball up long enough for Alexander Vlismas to arrive and shoot the match-winner past Garen Douzian.

GF MVP: Alexander Vlismas (NSW Metro)

Player of Tournament: Brandon Gage (Queensland Regional)


ACT 3 (Daniel Fulton 1’, Robbie Cattanach 6’, Stephen Domenici 9’) Victoria 3 (Jonathan Barrientos 22’, 35’, Vadim Mazurskiy 32’) – after extra time, ACT win 6-5 on penalties

The ACT claimed an epic penalty shoot-out win over Victoria to take out the Open Men’s Grand Final after a strength-sapping 50 minutes ended 3-3. The match exploded into life as early as fifteen seconds as the ACT struck early. Skipper Daniel Fulton did the damage flicking the ball over opposite number Jonathan Barrientos before slamming a shot past Christos Apostolakis in the Victorian goal. The home state made it 2-0 in the 6th minute as Robbie Cattanach cut inside, beat his man and unleashed a ferocious drive that crashed into the net off the underside of the crossbar. And the ACT were in dreamland three minutes later as Stephen Domenici broke from his own half, beat three players and scored with ease. Victoria hit back though and their captain Barrientos pulled one back two minutes after the restart before an amazing three minute spell saw Vadim Mazurskiy and Barrientos bring the sides level. Victoria was flying by now and they almost won it before extra-time. Neither team could manage the break through and the match went to penalties. After many successful efforts, Domenici scored his and Mirza Pedic was the fall guy as Angelo Konstantinou emerged as the hero saving the fourteenth penalty to win the tournament for his team and complete an epic match.

GF MVP: Daniel Fulton (ACT)

Player of Tournament: Daniel Fulton (ACT)


ACT 2 (Sarah Crittenden 17’, Rachel Crittenden 39’) Victoria 0

Goals from the Crittenden sisters, Sarah and Rachel, in each half saw the ACT victorious in the Open Women’s Grand Final with a 2-0 win over Victoria. The two teams had seen plenty of each other during the week and were evenly matches across the tie with very little to choose between them. Chances were at a premium in the first half with respective goalkeepers Luisa Marzotto and Candice Sallama unbeatable and their defences solid. The opening goal eventually arrived after 17 minutes and it was well crafted as Becky Roche freed Sarah Crittenden who hammered her shot into the top corner of the net. Victoria battled well after the break and with Stephanie Tanti and Emily Hulbert in possession, always looked dangerous. The ACT though are vastly experienced at this type of Futsal and they weathered the expected Victorian storm and held on restricting their opponents to efforts from distance that failed to trouble Player of the Tournament Marzotto. As time began to run out

Victoria attempted to force their way into the game and paid the penalty in the 39th minute. Sallama misjudged a Marzotto throw and Rachel Crittenden stole in to head into an empty net and secure the win for the ACT.

GF MVP: Sarah Crittenden (ACT)

Player of Tournament: Luisa Marzotto (ACT)


NSW Metro 2 (Jordan Guerreiro 43’, Robert Ezekiel 49’) South Australia 0

Two goals in extra-time saw NSW Metro to a narrow 2-0 win over South Australia in a match packed full of incident and featuring two red cards. Anthony Ture had the best chance of the opening half for South Australia nipping in front of his marker and forcing Andrew Haim into a smart save down low. The biggest taking point of the half though was the dismissal of NSW Metro leading scorer Daniel Fornito for violent conduct. Fornito was adjudged to have flicked a boot at a South Australia player as they became entangled after a tackle leaving the officials little choice. In the second half Callum Scott-Mills in the South Australia goal stood tall making three sensational saves to keep his team in the match. And Scott-Mills made an even better save in extra-time. Playing a man down due to a red card for Anthony Ture who pushed over Jordan Guerreiro, the South Australian shot-stopper somehow denied both Michael Cimino and Todd Edwards but could do little to prevent the follow up from Guerreiro who, at the second attempt, thumped his shot into the net. As South Australia pressed for an equaliser they were dealt a sucker punch as Robert Ezekiel showed calmness and composure to race away, beat his man and fire a shot that not even Scott-Mills could stop.

GF MVP: Callum Scott-Mills (South Australia)

Player of Tournament: Jordan Guerreiro (NSW Metro)


ACT 4 (Ashleigh Palombi 1’, 23’, 24’, Natalie De Marco 21’) NSW Metro 7 (Jessica Elliott 2’, 9’, Alex Smith 15’, Amy Dahdah 19’, Xanthe Dumbrell 26’, Rachel Perrins 31’, 36’)

The final game of the day served up a Futsal classic as NSW Metro defeated ACT 7-4 in a goal-fest at the AIS Arena. The game got off to an explosive start as Ashleigh Palombi scored after only forty seconds to give the ACT the lead. That was as good as it got for the ACT in the first half though as NSW started to dominate. Jessica Elliott equalised barely seconds after the Palombi opener and the blue-clad shirts swarmed forward to score further goals from Elliott, again, Alex Smith and Amy Dahdah. Leading 4-1 at the interval you could be forgiven for thinking that the ACT was out of it but they hit back in swashbuckling style. A minute into the second half Natalie De Marco pulled one back and a double strike from Ashleigh Palombi, completing her hat-trick on the way to claiming the Grand Final MVP, made the score 4-4. Amazingly though NSW responded immediately as Xanthe Dumbrell found room on the far post to finish off a pass from Dahdah. Top scorer Rachel Perrins then took over showing her poachers instincts to grab a late brace and secure for her team the trophy in a memorable Grand Final.

GF MVP: Ashleigh Palombi (ACT)

Player of Tournament: Tahlia Davidson (ACT)

Open Womens All-Stars:

Luisa Marzotto (ACT – GK), Becky Roche (ACT), Michelle Aurousseau (ACT), Rachel Crittenden (ACT), Sarah Crittenden (ACT), Renee Tomkins (NSW Metro), Claire Walsh (NSW Metro), Filiz Urkanci (NSW Metro), Tani Rosekelly (NSW Metro – GK), Jo-Anne Saliba (NSW Metro), Doris Osman (NSW Metro), Emily Hulbert (Victoria), Stephanie Tanti (Victoria), Tina Grkinjic (Victoria), Logan Garrard (NSW Metro U16), Melanie McCauley (NSW Metro)

Youth Women All-Stars:

Dana Buttigieg (NSW Metro U16 – GK), Brittany Palmobi (ACT), Natalie De Marco (ACT), Olivia Gurney (ACT), Nikola Orgill (ACT), Alex Smith (NSW Metro), Amy Dahdah (ACT Metro), Xanthe Dumbrell (NSW Metro), Rachel Perrins (NSW Metro), Ashleigh Palombi (ACT), Tahlia Davidson (ACT – GK), Rhianna Pollicina (NSW Metro U16), Jessica Elliott (NSW Metro), Elaina Vatcky (Victoria U16), Savanna Bowtell-Harris (Queensland U16 – GK), Samantha Nagy (NSW Regional)

Comments 2

  1. With the nationals done and dusted for another year, which players from the open men and open women impressed in this tournament? I was pleased to see a women’s all star team named. Curious why a men’s version isn’t also named (similar to the nba style).

    With a lot more states participating this year, it gave people a better chance to see players from all over the country. No doubt also good for the Australian coach to get players on the court in front of him that he might not regularly see.

    I would appreciate feedback from people who watched matches throughout the week.

    Also when is the men and womens finals going to be played on sbs?

  2. Highlights of the finals day will be shown on SBS on 3rd Feb so we were informed. Standout player in the womens was Louisa Marzotta of ACT with a commanding performance in goal and justifiably MVP for the tournament.

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