2012/13 FOz Cup Round 1 RESULT: (1st) Pascoe Vale Futsal Club 9 – 3 (8th) Brunswick Futsal Club
PV: S. Soufi 2, S. Sefil 2, J. Da Silva 2, J. Portillo, A. Caro, A. Apotolakis (OG) … BWK: D. Van Reyk 2, D. Duva
2012/13 FOz Cup Round 1 RESULT: (2nd) Vic Vipers Futsal Club 6 – 3 (7th) Fitzroy Futsal Club
VV: M. Barrigos 2, A. Cooper, H. Tran, K. Barrientos, Jon. Barrientos … FTZ: E. Huynh 2, A. Mesinovic
2012/13 FOz Cup Round 1 RESULT: (4th) Ashburton Futsal Club 10 – 3 (5th) Metropolitan Futsal Club
ASH: R. Ferguson 2, J. Afonseca 2, M. Matar 2, M. Rocca, M. Giotta, A. Arregin, L. Kruel … MET: A. Alicevic 2, A. Redzepovic
2012/13 FOz Cup Round 1 RESULT: (3rd) Hume Futsal Club 8 – 3 (6th) Moreland Futsal Club
HME: V. Mazurskiy 3, G. Harrison 2, M. Vragovski 2, R. Culculoglu … MOR: R. Parker 2, S. Akyol
2012/13 FOz Cup Semi-Final #1 RESULT: Pascoe Vale Futsal Club 0 – 2 Ashburton Futsal Club
PV: ASH: L. Kruel, A. Farina
2012/13 FOz Cup Semi-Final #2 RESULT: Vic Vipers Futsal Club 2 – 4 Hume Futsal Club
VV: A. Cooper, M. Barrigos … HFC: V. Mazurskiy 2, M. Vragovski, S. Cicek
It has finally arrived! The 2012/13 FOz Cup final!! Now many of us over the past few seasons have become accustomed to many Pascoe Vale and Vic Vipers finals, now for the first time since the FOz Cups inception all the way back in 2009 (Prahran v Essendon) we have two teams who are not named Pascoe Vale or Vic Vipers, instead we have Ashburton and Hume, who finished 4th and 3rd on the ladder respectively!
It is a massive day in the history in the NIKE V-League premiership as when the final whistle is blown, one of Ashburton or Hume will lift major V-League silverware above their heads for the first time! Both teams have had teriffic seasons and are deserving of being crowned FOz Cup Champions, both have hungry, talented and determined squads at their disposal, so expect nothing but an epic action packed final! Ashburton, who are known for their fiery ‘pump-up’ attitude on the pitch will have to block out Hume’s massive supporter base who have carried their beloved team over the line in the past. One thing is for sure, there is going to be an epic atmosphere from start to finish!
Although both squads have many talented players, the main players to watch from each team are:
Ashburton’s keeper, Lorenzo De Paris, who almost single handedly carried his lads over the line against Pascoe Vale in the Semi Final – keeping a clean sheet! Not to mention his impressive performance against Pascoe in Round 22 last week where the result ended 1-1! He is such an entertaining and passionate character on the pitch, capable of pulling out a world class save to bring the crowd to their feet! Don’t forget his scoring capabilities either! 4 Goals in the 2012/13 season is more than some outfield players achieved!
From Hume, you can’t go past the Golden Boot from the 2012/13 season in Vadim Mazurskiy! Scoring 54 majors, including many crucial goals in high intensity encounters with the top 4! Mazurskiy has carried his impressive league scoring form into the FOz Cup also, leading the top scorers charts with 5 goals, so it will be a very interesting battle between Ashburton’s and Hume’s most outstanding players, one the
best keeper in the league and the other, the finest striker in the league! I can’t wait for this final to get
underway, good luck to all involved! Sit back and enjoy…. It’s gonna be a ripper!!!!
It really is true what they say, the best is saved for last, and that was the scenario surrounding the 2012/13 FOz Cup Final between Ashburton Futsal Club and Hume Futsal Club. After both teams went into their semi finals with an ‘underdog’ status pinned above their heads – against Pascoe Vale and Vic Vipers respectively – and came out surprise winners, there were many who wondered if both teams could back up their impressive and energy-sapping wins. They certainly proved all those doubters wrong going right past the pain barrier in the search for cup glory. A truly amazing spectacle displayed by all involved, and will probably go down as one of the most dramatic finals ever played at the Futsal Oz Stadium.
To open proceedings in the first half, Ashburton came out of the blocks firing, continuing their red hot form from their semi final racing to a 3-1 lead. Goals from Robert Armellini, Matteo Rocca and Alex Arregin put the ‘Green Machine’ firmly in control. Hume on the other hand were desperately trying to stay in striking distance, luckily Vadim Mazurskiy came to his sides aid with a handy hat-trick, two of his goals were from the fifth foul penalty spot which were world class strikes – well they had to be to get past Ashburton keeper Lorenzo De Paris who was in world class form! So by the end of the first half Hume had completely turned their fortunes around as momentum was well and truly in their favour.
The second half saw both sides take a much more conservative approach to the game, aiming to avoid a defensive meltdown – as both experienced in the first half. It was neck and neck the whole way, until key Ashburton squad members, Matteo Rocca and Lucas Kruel became injured and taken off (knee and severe cramp the respective causes) much to the delight of the Hume squad. Sensing that this was their best time to strike, Hume threw everything at the nervous Ashburton defence and it was a move which eventually paid off, Vadim Mazurskiy scoring a late goal past De Paris to make it 4-3. But just like a mid-day drama there was plenty more written in this script.
With time fast ticking away, Ashburton resorted to playing the ‘fly keeper’ tactic, a last ditch effort to stay in the game which payed dividends, De Paris scoring a sizzling goal from the side line to equalise at 4-4 with only minutes until full time. This encounter was destined for extra time and only time would tell which squad could go the distance – Ashburton losing key players during and before the game (Richie Ferguson, Rocca and Kruel all injured) and Hume had not taken off their defensive pairing (Resit Culculoglu and George Harrison) for a second. By the time extra time came around it was fair to say that both squads looked a little worse for wear, at this stage it wasn’t about fitness or stamina, it was all down to who wanted it more, who was more determined and who believed they could reign supreme.
Just as they did in the second half, Hume broke the dead-lock to really take the game by the scruff of the neck. Sacid Cicek capped off a well worked counter attack to catch the Ashburton defence off guard, easily slotting past De Paris. The instruction from this point on from manager Amin Keddad was to ‘shut up shop’ and hold on for dear life. The game was yet in the Hume Army’s favour. But somehow Ashburton found a way back, cool calm and collected, the Green Machine lads kept possession and passed their way through the Hume defence, Alex Arregin walking the ball into the back of the net to
equalise yet again. With hardly any time remaining on the clock, it certainly became a case of whoever scored the next goal were going home with the title, and with momentum now heavily in Ashburton’s favour, the Green Machine continued their silky passing and pressing game to tire the ragged Hume lads even further in the hope of a breakthrough. A tactic which eventually paid off although in dramatic and controversial circumstances!
Robert Armellini, who also had played a large portion of the game had a last-ditch strike from distance which beat Hume stopper Fethi Goren and cannoned off the underside of the crossbar and over the line to win the game!
Ashburton, jubilant. Hume, distraught. The crowd, in awe of what they had just witnessed. Both had given everything they had to the point of exhaustion! It was almost criminal that one team had to go home empty handed, but thats they way the game goes and thats why we see games like this. Desire. It was a brilliant spectacle for the V-League and for the sport of Futsal in general. This sport is growing and at a rapid rate, the gap between Pascoe Vale and the Vic Vipers has now been closed and thats due to the dedication of both of these squads all involved should give themselves a massive pat on the back! It hasn’t been easy but the former “top two” should really sit up and take notice of these two up and coming teams. The upcoming 2013 season has just got interesting.
There were also two individual awards handed out at the official presentation, the MVP of the final and the Golden Boot of the tournament. The MVP was an easy selection in Ashburton’s influential keeper Lorenzo De Paris who played a vital role in every game, while it was fitting that Hume’s Vadim Mazurskiy claimed the Golden Boot with 9 goals to go along with his 2012/13 V-League premiership Golden Boot award.
— with Lorenzo De Paris and Lucas Kruel.