The 2013/14 Football NSW Futsal Premier League finalists were decided when Boomerangs downed Inner West Magic 9-5 to claim second spot ahead of Campbelltown even though Quake beat Dural Warriors 5-3; Mountain Majik defeated Mascot Vipers 8-3 and Enfield Rovers nudged Phoenix Futsal Club 5-3 in the other round 14 games.
The final layout saw Dural finish top on 32 competition points with Boomerangs (28) edging Campbelltown (28) on goal difference ahead of Inner West (24), Mountain Majik (21), Enfield (19), Mascot (6) and Phoenix (5). Inner West however did enough throughout the season to win the Club Championship.
Incredibly it was the third straight 41-goal weekend to equal the highest round total over the past three summers, in fact, the last four rounds of this year’s competition are in the top-five goalscoring weekends, the season total tempered by two of the lowest four rounds (19 and 23) to settle on an attractive eight goals per game average.
- Dural Warriors 3 (Greg Giovenali x2, Nathan Niski) Campbelltown Quake 5 (Shayne Ardle x2, Danny Martinez, Jordan Mundell, Harley da Silva)
- Boomerangs 9 (Callum Smith x4, Daniel Bennett x2, Daniel Fulton, Ryan Keir, Michael Reeve) Inner West Magic 5 (Daniel Vellonio x2, Daniel Fornito x2, David Amiconi)
- Mountain Majik 8 (Patrick Crane x3, Tobias Elliot-Orr x2, Jamie Dib x2, own goal) Mascot Vipers 3 ()
- Enfield Rovers 5 (Shervin Adeli x5) Phoenix Futsal Club (Matthew Orlic, Matthew Peatey, Mohammad Rahimi)
Quake down Dural
Campbelltown Quake ended a 12-game unbeaten run from premiers Dural Warriors with a spirited 5-3 win at Dural Sport & Leisure Centre, but they stayed behind Boomerangs on the ladder by a four-goal difference after the Territorians beat Inner West 9-5.
Campbelltown needed Boomerangs to fumble the ball to have any chance of landing second place but first they had to dispose of a Dural outfit that’s marched further than Hannibal, and that they did with a determined effort turning their 3-1 prickly halftime cushion into a gritty 5-3 victory.
Quake manager Carlos Martinez was ecstatic with the result and urged his troops to maintain the rage in next week’s elimination semi-final against an Inner Magic side they’ve beaten twice this season.
“The boys were really fired up to earn that second spot; we knew it wasn’t entirely up to us but at 3-1 up at the break we said it wasn’t enough of an advantage and, sure enough, in three minutes it was 3-3,” he said, “but we defended really well and came up with a really good win.”
“They did look like they were saving their bullets for the finals with the big guns out, but they’re still Dural and the premiers and a win like this gives us good momentum going in to the semis.
“We’re undefeated against the two competition favourites this year [three wins and a draw] so of course we can be confident, we played excellent tonight,” Martinez said.
“The finals are a separate competition altogether but we’ve played so well in the last two finals series so we know we can get up for the big games… it’s no excuses from us – bring it on!
Warriors chief Rob Varela didn’t read much into the result. “I’m disappointed with the scoreline but not the way we played,” he said.
“It wasn’t our best performance, we were sloppy at back and wasteful up front, but credit to Quake for doing what they had to do to get the win.”
Regarding a loss that ends a golden run a week out from the finals, Varela was succinct. “We set ourselves two goals at the start of the season, to win the premiership and grand final. Now we just have to regroup and play our best Futsal.”
“We know we’re one of the better teams and other clubs want to test themselves against us. We can’t control what the other team will do so we just have to be confident with what we can do. Both semis start at 0-0.”
Boomerangs dazzle Magic
Boomerangs stamped second place on the open men’s ladder with an emphatic 9-5 win over Inner West Magic at Tuggeranong Basketball Stadium.
A 6-0 first-half romp was enough to hold a plucky Inner West at bay and claim second place on goal-difference (four more than Campbelltown), Boomerangs picking up its eighth straight territory win to swagger into next week’s major semi-final against Dural full of pep.
Magic coach Carmine Bortone knew it would be a big assignment for his understrength troupe in capital country. “We only had two senior players tonight and it was always going to be tough to begin with, so I’m pretty happy considering a lot of the big players weren’t playing,” he said.
“The finals are a whole new ball game and the boys are experienced and should turn up switched on against Campbelltown next week.”
Majik strike Vipers
Mountain Majik downed Mascot Vipers 8-3 in a free-flowing game at Hawkesbury Indoor Stadium.
Neither side could make the finals but Majik’s win, aided by a Patrick Crane hat-trick and Tobias Elliot-Orr double, held off Enfield for fifth place on the ladder in an excellent premier league debut for the Mountaineers.
Majik won five of their seven home games (including victories against top-four sides Boomerangs and Campbelltown) and uncovered 11 senior scorers to finish just three points behind fourth-placed Inner West.
Rovers bite Phoenix
Two last-minute goals lifted Enfield Rovers to a 5-3 defeat of Phoenix Futsal Club at Morris Iemma Indoor Sports Centre.
The tight contest was decided by a five-goal haul from star striker Shervin Adeli, including twin strikes as the clock ticked down to help Enfield over the line – their three-game winning streak ending a disappointing season on a high note.
Next week’s games
Dural Warriors host Boomerangs in the Futsal Premier League preliminary final, while Inner West Magic travel to All Sorts Indoor Sports Centre to face Campbelltown Quake in a sudden-death match-up.
Check the Futsal Premier League page for kickoff details.