Dural Warriors claimed the Football NSW Futsal Premier League premiership with a 12-1 win over Mountain Majik, Campbelltown Quake downed Inner West Magic 6-3, Boomerangs beat Phoenix 4-2 and Enfield Rovers held off Mascot Vipers 7-6 in round 13 results.
Dural climbed to 32 competition points ahead of Boomerangs (25), Campbelltown (25) and Inner West (24). Mountain Majik (18) front Enfield (16) for fifth spot, while Mascot (6) and Phoenix (5) battle out the wooden spoon.
It’s a fantastic last round ahead with the top-four clashing to determine semi-final positions: Campbelltown meeting Dural and Boomerangs hosting Inner West.
Individually, nine players can still fit the Golden Boot award: Shervin Adeli (Enfield), Corey Biczo (Majik), Daniel Bennett (Boomerangs), Giovanni Leuzzi (Enfield), Greg Giovenali (Dural), Michael Reeve (Boomerangs), Danny Martinez (Campbelltown), Daniel Fogarty (Inner West) and Shayne Ardle (Campbelltown).
The floodgates have well and truly opened with a successive 41-goal round equaling the league’s highest over three summers, making it 7.77 goals per outing this season.
- Boomerangs 4 (Glenn Smith, Daniel Bennett, Thomas Zeitlhofer) Phoenix Futsal Club 2 (Jack Fulton, Matthew Peatey)
- Mountain Majik 1 (Corey Biczo) Dural Warriors 12 (Nathan Niski x3, Jarrod Basger x3, Greg Giovenali x2, Brendon Vella, Wade Giovenali, Bruno Pivato, Blake Rosier)
- Inner West Magic 3 (Daniel Fogarty x2, Ediz Alpkaya) Campbelltown Quake 6 (Dean Lockhart x3, Danny Martinez, Mark Symington, Shayne Ardle)
- Mascot Vipers 6 () Enfield Rovers 7 (Shervin Adeli x3, Giovanni Leuzzi x2, Kaveh Hagh, Sam Da Silva)
Warriors ground Mountain
Dural Warriors claimed their third premiership win four years with a rampant 12-1 win over newcomers Mountain Majik at Hawkesbury Indoor Stadium.
Dural raced to a 6-0 halftime lead and maintained the rage throughout a convincing display a week out from finals Futsal.
Nathan Niski and Jarrod Basger scored hat-tricks, Greg Giovenali a brace and even 15-year-old Brendon Vella got in on the act to complement Wade Giovenali, Bruno Pivato and Blake Rosier goals for the Warriors.
Dural’s sixth straight victory extended their unbeaten run to 12 matches and their dirty dozen equaled a 12-1 win versus South Coast Taipans from 2011/12 – the league’s highest team score and winning margin over the past three summers. It all bodes well for Warriors coach Rob Varela.
“It was a good performance against an undermanned team,” he said. “We got on top early and kept control throughout.”
“I’m pleased to get our third premiership in four years, now we need to concentrate on a very difficult game next week [against Campbelltown].”
Quake rattle Magic
Campbelltown Quake worked hard for a gritty 6-3 win against Inner West Magic at Morris Iemma Indoor Sports Centre to really throw a cat among the top-four pigeons.
A Daniel Fogarty double cancelled out an early twin Dean Lockhart strike to level the teams up at the break, Danny Martinez and Mark Symington pushing Quake back in front before Ediz Aplkaya swung the momentum back Magic’s way at 4-3 down.
Inner West surged forward multiple times only to be repelled by some stoic Campbelltown defence, who then went further ahead behind a Shayne Ardle strike and a Lockhart third sealed the deal on a solid victory that brings them to joint-second place with Boomerangs.
Quake manager Carlos Martinez was very impressed with the performance and result and backed the players to topple Dural in the final round.
“It was a very good win considering the opponent and that we had three players out, and even better that it was on their home court,” he said.
“When they got it back to 4-3 you could feel a bit of a momentum shift but to our credit we defended really, really well. We’ve always known we could score goals but we weren’t let down by our defence at all.
“It’s good to make the semis and now we play for the pecking order. I think it’s a good time to play Dural, who’ve already wrapped up the premiership and may not be as strong in the last game, so there’s still everything to play for… and we’re playing good Futsal so who knows what we can do.”
Inner West face a final round match-up with Boomerangs in the ACT to decide their semi-final position.
Boomerangs beat Phoenix
Boomerangs held off a spirited Phoenix Futsal Club 4-2 at the AIS Training Halls to cement their finals position.
Boomerangs were cruising behind a 3-0 halftime buffer but Phoenix belied their bottom position to rise from the ashes and pile on the second half pressure, but it wasn’t enough as the territorians held on for a sixth successive home success.
Boomerangs head Campbelltown on slight goal difference and are geared up for a final round battle with Inner West Magic to determine places second to fourth as Quake face premiers Warriors.
Rovers nip Vipers
Enfield Rovers claimed another last-gasp victory beating a luckless Mascot Vipers 7-6 at All Sorts Indoor Sports Centre.
Enfield led 3-0 in the blink of an eye and looked comfortable throughout, but a fired-up Mascot refused to give in and leveled late at 6-6 before a last-minute goal from Rovers gave the visitors the win.
Rovers coach Lachlan Wright shook his head as Enfield claimed their ninth one-goal win of 12 close encounters over three seasons.
“We were up 6-3 with 10 minutes to go but they had us on the ropes and got back to 6-6 and we were closer to losing it than winning it to be honest,” he said.
“Then James Gullotta made a save, rolled out to himself and drew a player, backheeled it to me and I chipped to Dom Cox, who smacked the ball to the back post where Shervin Adeli put it in for the winner. You’ll never see another goal like it!”
Adeli’s fourth hat-trick of the season is the most triples from any player over the past three summers and Leuzzi’s fifth summer double took him just behind Daniel Fulton (Boomerangs) and Adeli’s seven-brace efforts from 2011/12. Boomerangs weapon Daniel Bennett also has five pairs this season.
Mascot endured their 12th win-less match but you have to spare a thought for a hapless Vipers outfit that could’ve figured anywhere had luck been on their side – in 11 games decided by a goal over three seasons Mascot have lost nine of them…
Next week’s games
Football NSW Futsal Premier League round 14 (February 1) sees Dural Warriors face Campbelltown Quake at Dural Sport & Leisure Centre, Inner West Magic travel to Tuggeranong Basketball Stadium for a big Boomerangs bout, Mountain Majik meet Mascot Vipers at Hawkesbury Indoor Stadium, while Enfield Rovers host Phoenix Futsal Club at Morris Iemma Indoor Sports Centre.
Check the Futsal Premier League page for kickoff details.