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.
Newly crowned premiers Dural Warriors have a tough battle on their hands when they face Campbelltown Quake at Dural Sport & Leisure Centre. To have any chance of landing a top-spot Campbelltown must defeat a Warriors outfit unbeaten in 12 league matches and unbeaten at home in 10 games. Quake are certainly in the contest having secured a 3-3 draw with Dural at Minto last November and their defensive concession is only bettered by the premiers, and Campbelltown’s road rewards are also rich with four wins from six outings… but when can you ever bet against Dural at Dural?
Inner West Magic and Boomerangs clash at Tuggeranong Basketball Stadium with a top-two spot up for grabs for both outfits. Inner West trail Boomerangs and Campbelltown by a point and with Quake up against Dural the winner of this match would feel ripe to claim second place overall. Interestingly Magic’s 5-2 victory last November was the first home win between these combatants in three hot summer meetings (Inners West with three wins from five encounters) but Boomerangs are unbeaten in the territory this season and will fancy themselves against an experienced Magic side.
Mountain Majik meet Mascot Vipers in an interesting match-up at Hawkesbury Indoor Stadium. Neither side can make the finals but you can expect a competitive game with premier league newcomers Majik still challenging Inner West for the club championship. The last meeting between these sides, a 10-5 win to Mountain, was the second highest goalscoring output from any game over the past three summers and one boast Mascot can make in a disappointing season is they’ve discovered 12 different scorers in their ranks, so this is set up to be another high scoring affair.
Enfield Rovers host Phoenix Futsal Club at Morris Iemma Indoor Sports Centre in a match of huge consequence. With the finals out of reach for both teams attentions have turned to premier league survival, Enfield (130 points), Phoenix (119) and Boomerangs (115) embroiled in a battle to avoid bottom place in the club championship (27 points up for grabs each round meeting). Interestingly none of their three encounters have gone to the home side and although Enfield’s 56 goals scored is a lot richer than Phoenix’s lowly 24, the Rovers have conceded 20 more goals than their opposition, so this may be a close call to make.
Like Trivia? Boomerangs is the first non-Sydney club to feature in the open men’s finals since the premier league switched to a summer start six years ago. The Territorians missed out on a finals berth by two points two years ago and a solitary point last year (both times to Campbelltown) but made sure of it this time round with a six-game unbeaten run to start the summer and an unblemished home record.