After three hot months of action it’s finals time in the Football NSW Futsal Premier League!
Firstly, a huge congratulations to Inner West Magic for winning the prestigious club championship!
Inner West showed great consistency across all grades to claim the competition’s major trophy despite being crowned premiers in only one age group (12 Girls). Plenty of applause should also head up the mountains after the premier league newcomers Majik managed an outstanding second place, just ahead of established Campbelltown and Dural.
Quake claimed three of the nine premierships on offer (Open Women, 16 Boys & 12 Boys), two each went to the Warriors (Open Men, Youth Men) and Mascot Vipers (16 Girls, 14 Boys), and one to Mountain Majik (14 Girls).
And while Inner West’s 12 Girls side amassed this year’s premier league’s highest point compilation with 39 (from a possible 42) and Campbelltown Open Women’s completely dominated by finishing nine points ahead of closest rivals Enfield, the Youth Men season was a real humdinger with just 11 points separating top from bottom (the two teams who scored the most goals missed the finals altogether)!
Every club will field teams in this weekend’s first bout of semi-finals, Inner West making seven of the nine post-season rumbles followed by Campbelltown (6), Mountain Majik (6), Dural (5), Mascot (4), Enfield, Phoenix (3) and Boomerangs (2).
Here’s the Open Men’s preview:
Dural Warriors host Boomerangs in a blockbuster preliminary final at Dural Sport & Leisure Centre. The timing couldn’t be better for Boomerangs who face the premiers a week after Campbelltown ended their 10-game home winning sequence. The territorians have already proven they can match the defending champions, winning the opening bout on home turf 3-1 (their only win of six tries against Warriors) and pushing Dural all the way in a 2-3 loss at the Leisure Centre in the return fixture. Dural, however, have the experience, composure and firepower to ensure they will remain favourites to the very end.
Inner West Magic face Campbelltown Quake in a sudden-death match-up at Minto Indoor Sports Stadium. Campbelltown’s lost just one of their past 10 outings to take real momentum into the finals and have already disposed of Inner West twice this summer 3-2 and 6-3 to add further strut to their stride. Magic’s season has been bumpy but they’ve shared the workload with 13 different scorers contributing to a 49 goal tally, so there’s plenty of on-court threat. And haven’t the two clubs had some doozies over the years: Inner West have won six of their nine encounters but Quake’s taken out the last two and their other win was a 4-0 shutout to claim the 2009/10 grand final crown. A penalty shootout and four one-goal victories also underlines the closeness of the combatants.
And while the coaches missing from finals action all tipped Dural to win a third successive open men’s championship Phoenix mentor Chris Cowley summed up the sentiments best when he said, “Each team plays a different style, but I believe Dural have better depth and will probably take it out.”
Check the www.footballnsw.com.au website for kickoff details.