Football NSW Previews the next round in the Mens Division
Football NSW Futsal Premier League round 13 (January 25) features Enfield Rovers versus Mascot Vipers at All Sorts Indoor Sports Centre whilst Dural Warriors tackle Mountain Majik at Hawkesbury Indoor Stadium.
Inner West Magic welcome Campbelltown Quake to Morris Iemma Indoor Sports Centre, and Boomerangs meet Phoenix Futsal Club at the AIS Training Halls.
Check the Futsal Premier League page for kickoff details.
Dural Warriors face a tough match-up with Mountain Majik at Hawkesbury Indoor Stadium. Dural enter the match on an 11-game unbeaten run needing just one more point to clinch this summer’s premiership, but they face a Majik side that must win this weekend to maintain any finals hope. The Warriors avalanched Mountain 7-1 in their round-six meeting and another away win brings Dural closer to a nine-game road winning sequence set over the 2011/12-2012/13 seasons. Majik have won four of their five allotted home fixtures and a do-or-die approach may rattle the defending champs.
Inner West Magic welcome Campbelltown Quake to Morris Iemma Indoor Sports Centre for an intriguing meeting. Inner West are second, two points ahead of Campbelltown and round-14 combatants Boomerangs, while Quake face leaders Dural in the final weekend… and with Mountain Majik lurking closeby, this plot even has Alfred Hitchcock rubbing his palms with glee. Magic have won five of their last eight Campbelltown encounters, but half the meetings have been decided by a goal (including a 3-2 round-six win to Quake last November), while the biggest margin was a 4-0 grand-final whitewash to Campbelltown back in 2010.
Boomerangs meet Phoenix Futsal Club at the AIS Training Halls in a quest to cement a post-season position. With finals rivals Inner West (24 points) and Campbelltown (22) squaring off, Boomerangs (22) can take full advantage on a home stage where they’ve won their last six. Phoenix are yet to beat Boomerangs, a 2-2 draw the closest in three attempts while a heavy sixth-round 7-2 defeat at Ryde may have some alarm bells ringing. The Phoenix defence has been stout but their goalscoring output has not been as glittering (22 goals in 12 games), well short of 55 successful Boomerangs strikes.
Enfield Rovers host Mascot Vipers in a no-pressure contest at All Sorts Indoor Sports Centre. Neither team can make the finals in what has been a disappointing season for both iconic Futsal clubs, which may make for an entertaining affair this weekend. What can be guaranteed is goals – the two sides have leaked 133 goals in 22 combined matches to indicate that defence may not be too resistant. Expect Mascot to play with pride as they try to stop an 11-game win-less run.
Like trivia? Which two clubs are the league’s best tight-contest specialists (over the past three summers)? Hint: None of this season’s finalists! Enfield and Phoenix boast the highest percentage of one-goal deciders, Rovers winning eight of their 11 thrillers (73%) and Phoenix five of seven (71%), ahead of Dural (67%) and Inner West (53%). Sydney City Eagles and South Coast Taipans won half their one-goal endings followed by Campbelltown (43%), Boomerangs (42%), Mountain Majik (33%) and Mascot (20%).