Round 13 of the 2013/2014 Football NSW Futsal Premier League saw the Boomerangs hosting Phoenix Futsal at the AIS.
The Round 6 clash between Boomerangs and Phoenix at Ryde saw four wins to the Boomerangs, with the remaining five going the way of Phoenix. The goal for Round 13 was to score more competition points than Phoenix for the Round, and to perhaps take away as many as six wins from the nine on offer to allow the club to lift itself above the Phoenix on the Club Championship table. Also on the line were the finals aspirations of the oldest and youngest of the men’s teams – the Open Men and the 12 Boys – the only two Boomerangs teams still in the hunt for finals futsal this season.
Boomerangs 6 – 6 Phoenix
The 12 boys had this game all sown up half way through the second half, having worked hard to carve out a 6-3 lead after being down at half time 1-2. However the Phoenix lads had other things in mind and came barnstorming back into the game with three quick goals near the end of the game as the Boomerangs boys legs were tiring. The boys now see themselves out of the top four with one more round to play. A win next week against Inner West (currently placed in the top two) is essential — in conjunction with a loss by either Dural or Majik who currently sit in 3rd and 4th place. Dural take on Quake – who also sit in the top two, and Majik take on Mascot (7th). A win against Phoenix was the best opportunity for the Boomerangs 12s to cement their top four spot, however a win next week plus favourable other results will dictate whether these lads play in their first finals series or not.
Boomerangs 4 – 0 Phoenix
A top effort by the girls against a winless Phoenix 12 girls. The win was built on a solid, structured and patient game that saw them dominate the first half to lead 3-0 at the break. More of the same in the second half saw the addition of another goal to see them take out the match comfortably 4-0. A pleasing effort from the 12 girls.
Boomerangs 2 – 4 Phoenix
The 14 boys were taking on a Phoenix team that badly needed the win to stay in finals contention, and it showed. The Phoenix 14s showed more running and a solid defence to over run the Boomerangs boys 4-2 after leading 3-1 at half time. A disappointing result for our boys given that they pipped this Phoenix team by a single goal when they met earlier in the season.
Boomerangs 2 – 1 Phoenix
The Boomerangs girls registered their first win of the season over a hapless Phoenix girls team that probably should have taken the points given relative standings and win/loss records to date. Due credit to the Boomerangs girls though as they played strong disciplined futsal throughout and have certainly improved in leaps and bounds over the second half of this season. If this team can stay together for next season, they will without doubt show much improved results. One more match this season to further demonstrate their winning ways!
Boomerangs 3 – 3 Phoenix
A terrific result from the 16 boys given relative position on the ladder and recent match results. Phoenix 16s are a finals contender and were sitting in fourth place on the ladder prior to this weekend’s fixtures. So for the eighth place Boomerangs 16s to take them to half time even at 1-1 and then to take the lead and control the majority of the second half was a sensational effort. The result was tinged with some disappointment though as the lads were leading 3-2 with less than a minute remaining on the clock when Phoenix played fifth man and immediately reaped the rewards with a goal in the final seconds after Boomerangs failed to take advantage of a 3 on 1 in offence immediately prior.
Boomerangs 1 – 5 Phoenix
This was always going to be a tough game for the Boomerangs 16s girls against yet another Phoenix team that is in finals contention and had only lost four games prior to this weekend. The match went according to script (and form) and leaves Phoenix in finals hunt, and the Boomerangs girls back in sixth position. The several 14s girls that played up for the Boomerangs did a sterling job and showed their potential to play at this level next season.
Boomerangs 2 – 3 Phoenix
The Youth Men were always chasing this game after conceding two goals in the first two minutes of the match and were still two goals behind, 3-1 at half-time. The Boomerangs lads played almost the entire second half with a fifth-man, but it wasn’t quite enough to claw back the match and gain competition points. The Phoenix Youth remain in finals contention.
Boomerangs 5 – 1 Phoenix
The Boomerangs Open Women played the level of futsal we have seen them play too rarely during this season. They were simply unstoppable and dominated the match to take it out 5-1, after taking a comfortable 3-0 lead into the half time break.
Boomerangs 4 – 2 Phoenix
Third versus eighth on the competition ladder ended as expected with the Boomerangs men taking the game without much trouble at all. Indeed they rarely took their game out of second gear and easily accounted for a struggling Phoenix team that prop up the base of the competition ladder. Some great work by a few of the youth lads in the second half allowed the Boomerangs to not overwork some of their starters and they remain fresh for next weekend’s tough clash against Inner West Magic that will decide the final ladder positions within the top four (position 2-4 — with Dural having sewn up top spot).
So a day that resulted in an improvement from Round 6 allowing for the Boomerangs to earn 14 competition points from four wins and two draws (Rnd 6 -12 competition points) and Phoenix earnt themselves 11 points – down from 15 points in Round 6. This still sees the Boomerangs propping up the base of the FNSW Premier League Club Championship and sitting four points behind the Phoenix. In next week’s critical matches Boomerangs take on table toppers Inner West Magic whilst Phoenix take on sixth placed Enfield.