Boomerangs FS have returned from Sydney after a weekend which saw both the men’s and the women’s teams play in the Finals of the Australian F-League.
The Boomerangs Men’s team played their final Round 14 game against Melbourne Heart on Saturday afternoon, losing a close tussle 6-7, all whilst giving their Youth players much deserved court time. Finishing in fourth place after the regular season saw them matched up against the table-topping Vic Vipers in the semi-final that evening.
In what was a close and intense high quality game, the Boomerangs men led twice, at 1-0 and then again at 2-1, before the Vic Vipers kicked into another gear and finished nosing out the courageous Boomerangs 4-3. The Vic Vipers went on to defeat Dural Warriors in the Grand Final on Sunday afternoon in a 4-0 rout to become Championship winners as well as Minor Premiers.
The Boomerangs Women’s team went a step further than the men, and after finishing the regular season in second place, dominated third-placed Melbourne Heart to book a spot in the Grand Final against the Sydney Scorpions, who had early knocked off the Parramatta Blues (Minor Premiers) in the second semi-final. Unfortunately for the Boomerangs women, the toll of injuries to four key players, plus a heavy workload of four regular round matches, and the semi-final all on the same weekend, sapped the energy from the girls as they went down to a rampant Sydney Scorpions. Earlier in the season, two Boomerangs/Scorpions matches had produced two low scoring draws (0-0 and 1-1). The Scorpions were ‘on fire’ in the finals and after their deserved win over the Blues, were stronger than the Boomerangs in the final game of the 2013 season.
For the Boomerangs Club, the Men finishing in fourth position, was the same outcome as 2012, however this year the competition from all other clubs lifted a notch and they have done it with a very young team. And with an average age of around 20, will certainly be a lot stronger and wiser heading into the 2014 F-League.
For the Boomerangs Women, losing the Grand Final was tough, but finishing second during the regular season, and then making the Grand Final in the inaugural year of the Women’s F-League, bodes well for the future. Once again, the women’s team was young, and if they stick together, next year they will be stronger and will have the Championship Trophy well and truly in their sights.