Vic Vipers are one win away from securing the 2013 Men’s F-League minor premiership following a goal feast in Canberra over the weekend.
A whopping 106 goals were scored in 11 games at the AIS Training Halls (including a season-high 41 in round 13 fixtures) to set up an intriguing Sydney bout on August 17-18 with none of the top-four positions locked in.
A Vipers trifecta elevated them back to the top of the charts with 31 points and the Vics only need to beat cross-town rivals St Albans in their final hitout to claim the premiership trophy.
Dural (29) are poised for any slipup as they prepare to face East Coast in an exciting Sydney derby, while Scorpions (27) and Boomerangs (25) fill the other two semi-final spots with Strikers (15), Heat (13) and Heart (9) out of the playoff picture. Jaguars (4) pick up a second successive wooden spoon (conceding a first F-League century of goals this season).
The Golden Boot race is on edge as Vipers duo Adam Cooper and Fernando de Moraes sit in front together with 13 season strikes, closely followed by St Albans striker Tomislav Grgic on 11. Tuan Cao (Heart), Scott Fenn (Heart), Mark Symington (Scorpions) and Danny Martinez (Scorpions) each have 10 goals.
A fantastic 2013 Men’s F-League season will conclude at Dural Indoor Sports Centre on August 17-18.
Boomerangs conquer East Coast
Boomerangs staked its F-League finals claim by overthrowing main fourth-place rival East Coast Heat 5-3 at the AIS Training Halls on Saturday morning.
East Coast trailed Boomerangs by three points coming into the match and were first to apply the pressure when Chris Hanly knocked one in after just two minutes of play, only for Jason O’Dwyer to counter within a minute to tie the scores up at 1-1.
Boomerangs moved ahead through Callum Smith not long after and a Michael Reeves strike made it 3-1 to the home side at halftime.
Heat bolted out of the blocks in the second term and Robert Issa and Jordan Guerreiro goals leveled the scores again with five minutes to play, but Daniel Fulton pushed Boomerangs in front a moments later and a second O’Dwyer goal rounded out an important 5-3 win.
Vipers overpower Dural
Vic Vipers surged past Dural Warriors 4-3 in an epic top-of-the-table clash at the AIS Training Halls on Saturday morning.
Dural led the Vics by a point and looked like extending their margin when two Zach Caruana goals took them to a 2-0 halftime lead, but a Thiago Priori double and twin Fernando de Moraes and Vinicius Leite strikes suddenly had Vipers in front with five minutes left on the clock.
Vic Tiago Fracasso was red-carded inside a frantic closing minute of play and a third Caruana goal made for a tense finish, but the southerners held on for a massive 4-3 victory that catapulted them into F-League first place.
Scorpions sting Strikers
Sydney Scorpions held off St Albans Strikers in an exciting 7-4 result at the AIS Training Halls on Saturday afternoon.
Scorpions had to win to stay in the premiership hunt and Daniel Martinez was quick to cancel out a Tomislav Grgic second-minute Strikers opener, Dean Lockhart edging Sydney in front just before halftime.
Martinez, Aaron Cimitile and Robert Foti paved the way further forward straight after the restart, but goals to Strikers trio Mahamad Matar, Gavin Schipp and Vic Koutsoufis made the score an interesting 5-4 before Foti completed his trifecta to maintain Sydney’s advantage at fulltime.
Heart break Jaguars
Melbourne Heart ensured Jaguars would be wood-stirring at the end of the F-League competition with a comprehensive 9-3 victory over Jaguars at the AIS Training Halls on Saturday afternoon.
Madoc Brummel and Scott Fenn combined to give Melbourne a 2-1 lead after just two minutes after Michael Rinaudo had scored for Jaguars, Tuan Cao scoring twice and Matthew Vragovski adding another to give Heart a 5-1 cushion before Abel Bahiru and Jonathan Tabarkiewicz goals for Jaguars keeping matters interesting at halftime.
The second half was all Melbourne as Cao doubled his tally, Fenn grabbed another and Jordan Michaelis rounded out the six-goal victory.
Vipers stifle Heat
Vic Vipers continued their good form with a solid 6-2 victory against East Coast Heat at the AIS Training Halls on Saturday evening.
Miguel Barrigos, Vinicius Leite (twice) and skipper Jonathan Barrientos lifted the competition leaders 4-0 in front at the break when East Coast decided to perk up, a Vipers own goal and Jamie Amendolia strike giving Heat some hope before a Fernando de Moraes double ensured the Vics stayed in front at the end.
Boomerangs belt Strikers
Boomerangs cemented a semi-final position with a 9-2 hatchet job on St Albans Strikers at the AIS Training Halls on Saturday night.
Daniel Fulton, Callum Smith and Thomas Zeitlhofer rocketed the home side 3-0 up before Mahamad Matar put St Albans on the board, but it was all one-way traffic as Michael Reeves, Jake Wilsener and Patrick Ross-Magee goals gave the Territorians an unassailable 6-1 lead at the interval.
Danny Ngaluafe nabbed an early second half goal for Strikers, but Nicholas Rathjen, Glenn Smith and Sean Byrne each scored to finalise a decisive Boomerangs result.
Scorpions stop Heart
Sydney Scorpions kept the pressure on ladder-leaders Vics and Dural with a emphatic 7-2 win against Melbourne Heart at the AIS Training Halls on Sunday morning.
It may’ve been cold in Australia’s capital but the Scorpions were on fire as Mark Symington and Daniel Martinez strikes gave them a tight 2-1 buffer at the break, Robert Foti, Symington and Aaron Cimitile (twice) extending Sydney’s advantage to 6-2 before Scott Fenn gave Heart something to cheer about – Cimitile rounding out the win by completing his hat-trick.
Warriors slay Jaguars
Dural Warriors put Jaguars to the sword with a comfortable 9-2 win at the AIS Training Halls on Sunday morning.
Daine Merrin scored first for Dural but a double Jaguars response through Hayden Razbocan and Rocky Calfapietra gave the Victorians a shock 2-1 lead after 10 minutes.
Warriors sprung into life and goals to Ben Lawson, Bruno Pivato and Blake Rosier (thrice) lifted the Sydneysiders back in front by halftime, second half goals to Pivato, Ian McAndrew and Zach Caruana underlining a dominant Dural victory.
Strikers douse Heat
A St Albans Strikers second-half blitz stunned East Coast Heat in an enthralling 5-4 Sunday matinee victory at the AIS Training Halls.
Ross Fazzalaro put East Coast in front midway through the opening term before Mark Borchert equalised for St Albans, Robert Ezekiel and a Strikers own goal returning Heat to a 3-1 halftime lead.
Felipe Tadashi Yamashita, Tomislav Grgic and Danny Ngaluafe goals put a fired-up Strikers in front immediately after the restart, Heat’s Jordan Guerreiro and Grgic trading final-minute blows to give St Albans a thrilling 5-4 result that elevated them above East Coast into fifth place on the ladder.
Vipers scuttle Scorpions
A late surge helped Vic Vipers over the line 8-5 against Sydney Scorpions at the AIS Training Halls on Sunday afternoon.
It was Sydney’s last throw of the dice in trying to reach the F-League summit and they threw everything at the Victorians, Dean Lockhart opening the Scorpions account after just two minutes and Ediz Alpkaya doubling the lead moments later before Tiago Fracasso and Diego Garcia responded for Vipers to tie up a spicy game at the break.
Sydney’s Aaron Cimitile was red-carded five minutes into the second half and Fernando de Moraes pounced to push Vic noses in front, only for a Jose Portillo score leveled proceedings before he too was red carded.
De Moraes and Vipers skipper John Barrientos both netted to compound Sydney’s lapse in concentration but Lockhart took over the Scorpions charge and a completed hat-trick put the home side back on Vic tails before late Fracasso, Victor Brauner and Thiago Priori goals gave Vipers a 8-5 fulltime edge.
While Scorpions can still finish second, third or fourth the 2013 F-League minor premiership is all in Vipers hands as they head Dural by two points heading into the final weekend.
Warriors pump Heart
Dural Warriors pulverised Melbourne Heart 10-2 at the AIS Training Halls on Sunday afternoon.
Goals to Daine Merrin, Blake Rosier (twice), Bruno Pivato and Ben Lawson gave Dural a 5-0 halftime bump, Scott Fenn scoring a second-half double for Melbourne in the shadows of Warriors goals to Pivato, Zach Caruana (twice), Goran Ljuboja and Adam Bradley.
The result kept Dural in with a slight shot of snatching top spot in the final round, trailing Vic Vipers by two points but with a superior goal-difference tally. If Vipers lose or draw against St Albans then Dural can snatch the lead again with a win over East Coast.
Boomerangs beat Jaguars
Boomerangs knocked over Jaguars 6-1 at their AIS Training Halls fortress on Sunday evening to set up an intriguing final-round showdown in Sydney.
Michael Reeves and a Thomas Zeithlhofer 12th-minute double rocketed Boomerangs to a 3-0 advantage before Aguek Aguek pulled one back for Jaguars before halftime, second-half goals to Gianmarco Senatore, Callum Smith and Sean O’Neill securing a comfortable five-goal victory.
Boomerangs are now the only F-League club to have won every home game over the first three seasons, the result also giving the Territorians a rough shot of taking third spot. Boomerangs trail Scorpions by two points and play Melbourne Heart in the final round, while Sydney tackle bottom side Jaguars.