A remarkable 38 goals were scored in a sizzling FNSW Futsal Premier League Round 11 as Dural Warriors blasted Enfield Rovers 11-7, Boomerangs edged Campbelltown Quake 3-2, Mountain Majik eclipsed Phoenix Futsal Club 5-3, and Inner West Magic held off Mascot Vipers 4-3.
As the competition breaks for new year’s festivities the points table shows Dural (26 points) with one hand on a successive premiership trophy with Boomerangs (22), Inner West (21), Campbelltown (19) and Mountain Majik (18) battling to the regular-season end.
Individually, a four-goal deposit from Enfield’s Shervin Adeli sees him top the scorers account with 15 strikes, followed by Daniel Bennett (Boomerangs), Michael Reeve (Boomerangs) and Corey Biczo (Majik) on 12 goals, one more than Giovanni Leuzzi (Enfield) and a couple more than Daniel Fogarty (Inner West) and Shayne Ardle (Campbelltown). Grant Cornwell (Majik), Toby Seeto (Dural) and Harley Da Silva (Campbelltown) have nine goals, while Danny Martinez (Campbelltown) and Mitchell Stamatellis (Mascot) have eight each to complete the premier league’s hot dozen.
The 38 round-11 celebrations (9.5 goals per game) equals the same staggering output from 2011/12 round-four, still shy of the 40 successes in 2011/12 round-three but double the 19 goals scored in this year’s opening round (the lowest in three summers).
Incredibly, despite three of the top five round totals (38, 37, 36) and three of the top five game totals occurring this season (11-7 Dural Warriors vs Enfield Rovers, 5-10 Mascot Vipers vs Mountain Majik, 7-7 Enfield Rovers vs Mascot Vipers), the league’s 7.32 goalscoring average falls well behind last season’s 8.38 mark.
Round 11 Results
- Boomerangs 3 (Michael Reeve x2, Grant Davoren) Campbelltown Quake 2 (Dean Lockhart, Shayne Ardle)
- Dural Warriors 11 (Nathan Niski x3, Bruno Pivato x2, Blake Rosier x2, Chris Polkinghorne x2, Greg Giovenali, Daine Merrin) Enfield Rovers (Shervin Adeli x4, Alex Vlismas, Daniel Graham, Kaveh Hagh)
- Inner West Magic 4 (Marino Musumeci x2, Cristian Ciampa, Daniel Fogarty) Mascot Vipers 3 (Miroslav Radulovic, Alex Euripidou, Michael Loupis)
- Mountain Majik 5 (Ray Miller x2, Greg Kondek, Corey Biczo, Jamie Dib) Phoenix Futsal Club 3 (Matthew Orlic x2, Joshua Mathie)
Warriors down Rovers
Clint Eastwood would’ve cracked his infamous rye smile following a good ol’ fashioned 10-pacer at Dural Sport & Leisure Centre on Saturday night as Dural Warriors outgunned Enfield Rovers 11-7 in an enthralling high-noon mid-street gunfight.
A delectable 18 goals was the biggest individual game-score over the past three leagues (three more than the next highest) as Dural turned a slender 4-2 advantage into an epic four-goal victory.
Nathan Niski trapped a triple for Dural and Bruno Pivato, Blake Rosier and Chris Polkinghorne bagged braces to go with Greg Giovenali and Daine Merrin goals, overcoming a mesmerising four-goal Shervin Adeli effort that took him top of the scorers chart (15 goals), Alex Vlismas, Daniel Graham and Kaveh Hagh also netting for a defeated Rovers.
The Warriors also reached the second-highest game total in three terms (they beat South Coast 12-1 in 2011/12), and Enfield wont be consoled by posting the highest goal total for a losing side in three premier leagues.
Superlatives are running out for Dural’s phenomenal run. Their ninth successive win at home is the most in three summers, another win or draw will be the longest unbeaten streak in three summers (currently 10 games), and just one more victory from their remaining fixtures against Phoenix, Mountain Majik and Campbelltown takes them to the finals for a third successive year.
Coach Rob Varela was certainly a jolly figure on the sidelines following the frenetic match-up. “We were always in control of the game but we got into the Christmas spirit and gifted several opportunities that Enfield were good enough to take,” he said.
Adeli’s third hat-trick for the summer draws the Rovers star alongside Daniel Fulton (Boomerangs, 2011/12) and Mark Symington (Campbelltown, 2012/13) for most number of seasonal triples.
Boomerangs better Quake
Boomerangs maintained second place on the ladder courtesy of a tight 3-2 win over Campbelltown Quake at the AIS Training Halls.
Michael Reeve broke through twice and Grant Davoren scored for Boomerangs to counter Campbelltown’s spread (Dean Lockhart and Shayne Ardle), the sixth straight encounter separated by two goals or less.
Reeve’s fourth brace of the season keeps him and team-mate Daniel Bennett (five doubles) in line for the highest number of premier league pairs – seven – with three rounds remaining.
With four teams boxed by four points (Boomerangs tackle Enfield, Phoenix and Inner West, Campbelltown face Mascot, Inner West and Dural, while Mountain Majik play Inner West, Dural and Mascot to close out the season) it’s still anyone’s chance to make the semis.
Inner West break Mascot
A passionate Mascot Vipers gave it a thorough shake but couldn’t break Inner West Magic in a 4-3 drama at Morris Iemma Indoor Sports Centre.
Marino Musumeci scored twice to support Cristian Ciampa and Daniel Fogarty strikes that helped Inner West better Mascot goals from Miroslav Radulovic, Alex Euripidou and Michael Loupis – taking Vipers to 11 different scorers for the season (equal with ladder-toppers Dural).
With pride on the line the visitors played out of their skins to trouble a Magic side honing in on a post-season position with outings against rivals Mountain Majik, Campbelltown and Boomerangs in the run home.
Majik dazzle Phoenix
Mountain Majik escaped the clutches of Phoenix Futsal Club 5-3 at Hawkesbury Indoor Stadium to keep the crowd intrigued in their debut premier league cloak and dagger routine.
With tough games against Dural and Inner West ahead of them Majik found the strength at home to overcome a Matthew Orlic pair and Josh Mathie strike for Phoenix – Greg Kondek, Corey Biczo and Jamie Dib goals supporting a Ray Miller double to delight the Hawkesbury faithful for the fourth consecutive occasion.
Next week’s games
Football NSW Futsal Premier League Round 12 (January 11) features Mountain Majik versus Inner West Magic at Hawkesbury Indoor Stadium, Campbelltown Quake host Mascot Vipers at Minto Indoor Sports Stadium, Enfield Rovers meet Boomerangs at Morris Iemma Indoor Sports Centre, while Dural Warriors welcome Phoenix Futsal Club to Dural Sports & Leisure Centre. Head to the Futsal Premier League pagefor kickoff details.