The Football NSW Futsal Premier League semi-finals began with a bang at All Sorts Indoor Sports Centre, Campbelltown Quake impressing most with four advancements to the nine grand finals being held in a fortnight while Mascot Vipers claimed two spots, and Dural Warriors, Inner West Magic and Mountain Majik sent one team through each.
Campbelltown probably had the best of the day as they won major semi-finals in Open Women, Youth Men, 16 Boys and 12 Boys to book their grand final seats.
Mascot also did well to win the 16 Girls and 14 Boys major semi-finals, Dural won the Open Men’s clash against Quake, Majik got up in the 14 Girls and Inner West the 12 Girls, but every club is still in a title race. Here’s the Open Men’s report:
Dural Warriors 7 (Wade Giovenali x2, Greg Giovenali x2, Glenn Kelshaw, Blake Rosier, Toby Seeto) Boomerangs 0
Campbelltown Quake 4 (Dean Lockhart, Shannon Fielding, Mark Symington, Jordan Mundell) Inner West Magic 1 (Daniel Fogarty)
Warriors break Boomerangs
Dural Warriors stamped their premier league authority with a 7-0 demolition of Boomerangs at All Sorts Indoor Sports Centre taking them straight into a third successive grand final.
Dural raced to a 3-0 halftime lead and completed the rout in the second half, the Giovenali brothers Wade and Greg pocketing a brace each supported by goals to Glenn Kelshaw, Blake Rosier and Toby Seeto.
And while Warriors have a week off Boomerangs face a do-or-die battle with red-hot Campbelltown in next week’s preliminary final at Ryde Sports & Community Centre. They are also the last territorian outfit left fighting in the finals.
Dural coach Rob Varela was pleased his troops turned it up on finals night. “Obviously I’m very happy with the result and also with our performance against a team that never gave up,” he said.
“The weekend off gives us the chance to get over some niggling injuries but, on the other hand, we don’t want to get ‘rusty’ so we’ll keep working at our game.”
Quake rattle and roll Magic
Campbelltown Quake dismissed old foes Inner West Magic 4-1 in their sudden-death semi-final match-up at All Sorts Indoor Sports Centre to advance to next week’s preliminary final against bogey side Boomerangs.
Magic’s Daniel Fogarty cancelled out Dean Lockhart’s early Quake goal before Shannon Fielding and Mark Symington strikes helped Campbelltown to a healthy 3-1 halftime spread.
The second half was just as frenetic as Quake weathered an early Inner West storm and sealed victory via a late Jordan Mundell goal to register a third straight win over Magic.
The south-westies now meet a Boomerangs side that’s beaten them twice this season to see who faces premiers Dural in the grand final. The preliminary finals are being held at Ryde Sports & Community Centre.
Campbelltown manager Carlos Martinez was chuffed with the club’s successful foray that saw four sides advance to the championship day, and he hoped the senior men’s would join them.
“It was another good night for the club, and the dream lives on for the men’s,” he said.
“We played really well from the start, focusing on good defence and putting pressure up court, and it’s playing dividends for us. I don’t think Magic were at their strongest defensively and our keeper Andrew Haim was brilliant once again… but there’s a real desire to go all the way this year – we’ve been promising for a while and now it’s time to deliver.”
Next week’s games
The preliminary finals are being held at Ryde Sports & Community Centre with Boomerangs meeting Campbelltown in the Open Men’s clash. The other games are Enfield versus Mountain Majik (Open Women), Dural against Inner West (Youth Men), Inner West battle Phoenix (16 Girls), Majik meet Mascot (16 Boys), Dural tackle Inner West (14 Girls), Magic play Enfield (14 Boys), Majik take on Dural (12 Girls), and Inner West engage Majik (12 Boys).
Check the footballnsw.com.au website for kickoff details.