Football NSW Futsal Premier League round eight features a top-of-the-table clash between Dural Warriors and Boomerangs at Dural Sport & Leisure Centre, Campbelltown Quake face Mountain Majik at Minto Indoor Sports Stadium, Mascot Vipers meet Phoenix Futsal Club at All Sorts Indoor Sports Centre, while Enfield Rovers tackle Inner West Magic at Morris Iemma Indoor Sports Centre. Check the footballnsw.com.au website for kickoff details.
Competition leaders Boomerangs face third-placed Dural Warriors at Dural Sport & Leisure Centre on Saturday night in a premiership-title crunch match. The Territorians stunned defending champions Dural 3-1 at home in the opening round to set the early pace, but it’s payback time as the Warriors look to wrestle back their usual dominance. The league’s most potent attacking forces (Boomerangs 36 goals, Dural 31) have uncovered 20 scorers between them, including four of the top-nine strikers, but the Warriors will take some beating on home turf – they’ve won all three games at Dural this summer.
It’s fourth versus fifth as Campbelltown Quake face Mountain Majik at Minto Indoor Sports Stadium on Saturday night. Quake have rumbled back into form beating Mascot, Inner West and drawing with Dural to gather themselves after a slow summer roll, and they’ll remember a heartbreaking 6-5 loss to Majik in the opening round. The Mountaineers have enjoyed a steady start to their premier league debut and can consolidate their mid-table position with another strong showing against Campbelltown. Across the board Majik have been solid, second only to Inner West on the club championship table.
There’ll be fireworks when Enfield Rovers tackle Inner West Magic at Morris Iemma Indoor Sports Centre on Saturday night.
Second-placed Inner West will be eyeing off a chance to take the competition lead while Enfield look to continue their mid-season revival after a rocky start delivered just one win in the opening five rounds. Magic shut out Rovers 2-0 in the opening round and the fact Rovers player/coach Lachlan Wright has claims to helping start Inner West adds more fuel to what’s already a massive derby between the clubs.
It’s only halfway through the season but it’s probably do-or-die for Mascot Vipers and Phoenix Futsal Club in their clash at All Sorts Indoor Sports Centre on Saturday night. The two cellar-dwellers are already six points off the top-four with just one win each to their name. Mascot can attribute a lot of their woes to a leaky defence that’s conceded 38 times in seven fixtures, while Phoenix can point the finger at their league-low 15 goals scored as a major inhibitor to success, so this should be an interesting bout. Mascot defeated Phoenix 2-0 in the first weekend of games, one of only two cleansheets this season.
Correction: The round seven report featured incorrect points and scorers tables: The ladder shows Boomerangs (16) in front of Inner West by a point with Dural (14) right behind them. Campbelltown (10) are fourth ahead of Mountain Majik (9), Enfield (7), Mascot (5) and Phoenix (4).
Individually, Giovanni Leuzzi (Enfield), Corey Bizco (Mountain Majik) and Daniel Bennett (Boomerangs) lead the charts with eight strikes, one ahead of Shayne Ardle (Campbelltown) and Daniel Fogarty (Inner West), with Michael Reeve (Boomerangs), Ryan Keir (Boomerangs), Grant Cornwell (Majik) and Toby Seeto (Dural) on six goals each.