Football NSW Futsal Premier League round 11 pits Boomerangs versus Campbelltown Quake at the AIS Training Halls, Dural Warriors host Enfield Rovers at Dural Sport & Leisure Centre, Mountain Majik play Phoenix Futsal Club at Hawkesbury Indoor Stadium, while Mascot Vipers and Inner West Magic meet at Morris Iemma Indoor Sports Centre. Check the footballnsw.com.au website for kickoff details.
What a humdinger of a match-up when Boomerangs (second) meets Campbelltown Quake (third) at the AIS Training Halls, with Inner West a point behind as teams jostle for a top-two finish. Boomerangs are vying for a sixth straight home win and boast a 10-goal superior goal-difference over Campbelltown but it’s interesting to note that none of their previous five encounters have been separated by more than two goals – two matches finishing deadlocked and two results to Campbelltown, although Boomerangs got the better of them 3-1 at Minto in round four.
Two old foes meet at Dural Sport & Leisure Centre when Dural Warriors host Enfield Rovers. Recent encounters have resulted in five Warriors wins, two draws and a sole Rovers victory over the past three summers, no memory more biting than when Dural overthrew 2011/12 premiers Enfield in the semi and grand finals to embark on their premier league dominance. With Rovers seemingly out of the finals race they have little pressure and an uncharacteristic 8-1 round-four defeat to Warriors to atone for. There are also individual carrots with Enfield duo Shervin Adeli and Giovanni Leuzzi a goal behind leading scorer Daniel Bennett (Boomerangs). Dural only need a win or draw to make it three successive seasons containing a 10-game unbeaten run.
Highflyers Mountain Majik play Phoenix Futsal Club at Hawkesbury Indoor Stadium in the fledgling premier league club’s most important match to date. Trailing fourth-placed Inner West by three points and games against rivals Magic and leaders Dural ahead of them the time is nigh for the mountain men to show what they’re made of in the state’s top Futsal competition. Standing in their way is a highly competitive Phoenix team that continues to challenge the top sides (six of their seven defeats were by three goals or less), if only they could score more goals themselves (19 in 10 games).
Mascot Vipers are sure to give Inner West Magic a run for their money at Morris Iemma Indoor Sports Centre on Saturday. Mascot have nothing to play for and have traditionally troubled their neighbours over the years, including stubborn 3-4 and 1-3 defeats and a 3-3 draw in their past three meetings. Not that Inner West have scored a bundle this season (31 goals) but Vipers need to work hard on a defence that’s leaked 52 goals in 10 matches to have any chance of causing an upset and stop a nine-match win-less run that’s closing in on the club’s 11 straight games without wins in 2011/12.
Like trivia? Enfield have a big role in making history in the four games left, just not for their club. Dural are gunning for a ninth successive home win when they face Rovers at the Leisure Centre this Saturday to overtake the eight straight they claimed over the 2011/12-2012/13 competitions. On the flipside Mascot are facing an unprecedented nine straight home games without success when they return from the new year festivities – their opponent? Enfield.