Boomerangs Premier League Round 13 Review

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The penultimate round of the 16/17 NSW Premier League futsal competition had the Boomers club travel to Sydney to take on the Mountain Majik club at the Blacktown Leisure Centre.

Both the development/academy games and the competitive matches kicked off at 12.30pm and ran concurrently on separate courts. The Majik club has multiple junior teams allowing the 11 boys to play a match, the 11/12 girls to play two and the 10 boys, three matches against separate Majik opposition.

It was another day of disappointing results for the club – a constant theme across this PL1 season – with the only highlight in the important men’s match at the end of the day. All the other teams though continue to enjoy their futsal and put in a 100% effort into representing their club.

Don’t forget to check out the photos of Match Day 13 at the Boomerangs photo site.

A summary of the day’s results:

12 boys – Boomerangs 1 – 3 Majik (ht 0– 2)
13 girls – Boomerangs 1 – 9 Majik (ht 0 – 6)
14 boys – Boomerangs 1 – 8 Majik (ht 1 – 3)
15 girls – Boomerangs 1 – 2 Majik (ht 1 – 1)
16 boys – Boomerangs 0 – 6 Majik (ht 0 – 2)
17 girls – Boomerangs 1 – 7 Majik (ht 0 – 5)
Youth men – Boomerangs 0 – 3 Majik (ht 0 – 2)
Open Women – Boomerangs 4 – 6 Majik (ht 1 – 2)
Open Men – Boomerangs 3 – 3 Majik (ht 0 – 3)

The 12 boys had perhaps their best outing of the season against the Majik. The boys worked hard, maintained their structures and reaped the reward of a closely-fought tussle, which till late on could have gone either way. Conceding back to back goals in the shadows of the first half the defining moment of the game. A tremendous effort from the 12 boys, and the 11s that regularly play up in the competitive fixtures.

The 13 girls match was disappointing – and the girls disappointed in their own effort. However, their Majik opposition has only lost two games across the whole season and lead all comers on the competition ladder. Extra effort is required in defence, as well as learning to make the most of the offensive opportunities when they arise, if they are to be competitive with teams such as this.

The 14 boys should also have done better, however, the Majik required the win to keep them in the frame for a spot in the finals and were the more motivated in pushing for a win. A reasonably competitive first half fell away as the home team found the back of the net a further five times in the second twenty.

The 15 girls put in another strong effort against a premiership contender in the Majik. The losses these girls have had this year have been close, and often only the result of one or two lapses in defensive concentration. Lessons will be learnt for next season.

The 16 boys also did well against another finals-bound home team but suffered from missing too many regular starters. The 14 boys that played up all put in 100% but were already drained from their earlier match and as the game wore on, the extra effort required became more difficult to deliver.

The 17 girls also came up against an opposition that was fighting for its place in the top four and the chance of finals futsal. The home team started the match strongly and scored five well put together goals in the first period of play. The Boomers girls worked hard in the second half, but could not narrow the deficit.

The Youth Men’s entertainers bubble was well and truly burst by a disciplined and determined Majik youth. As with quite a few of the other Majik teams, the home team was fighting for a spot in the top four and their drive and determination was evident. The Boomers lads put in a strong effort, but could not produce the sparkling futsal they have over much of the second half of this season.

The Boomerangs Women were disappointed to lose to a team they defeated comfortably earlier in the season. A number of regular starters not being available weakened the team, although the several 17 girls playing up certainly put in a determined effort. After being behind 1-2 at the break the traveling Boomers fought hard to bring it back to par at 3-3, however, the home team lifted to bring home the result in the final ten minutes.

The Men’s match was once again an absolute cracker with both teams desperate to keep their finals hopes alive. The first half scoring was dominated by the home team with their offensive efforts being rewarded – and the Boomerangs finding it hard to find the back of the net. The second half provided a significant level of entertaining futsal and a deal of effort by both teams – which at times pushed the boundaries of the referee’s patience.

The startling second half comeback by the Boomers men started with a finely worked goal to Jason O’Dwyer soon after the restart.  The momentum was all with the traveling Boomers and they conjured up a second (also finished by O’Dwyer) with nine minutes to play. Things became even more interesting when Boomers ‘keeper, Ashley Collins was red carded for a challenge outside the ‘D’ with just under nine minutes remaining and the home team racked up their fifth team foul soon after. Strong character (and immense effort) saw no goals conceded in the two minutes playing with a player down and a new off-the-bench ‘keeper (Nick van Aalst). With a full complement of players again on the court the Boomers pressed forward for the final seven minutes.

A sixth team foul by the Majik saw Daniel Giovinazzo head to the ten-metre spot – but a great save and second effort – by the Majik keeper saw the home team retain the slender lead. However, the intense Boomerangs pressure led to a leveling goal in the dying moments, slotted home at the back post by Brett Forward (assisted by a pinpoint accurate cross by Michael Reeve).

The three all draw did little to clarify the fourth finals participant (after Dural, Magic and the Rovers had already locked in their spots at the top of the table). However with a superior goal difference, with UTS being defeated by Taipans, and with Majik coming up against the in-form Dural Warriors next week – a win against the Taipans should lock down the finals spot so desired.

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