Futsal4all would like to congratulate Inner West Magic on their incredible achievement of winning the NSW Premier League Club Championship for the 10th time.
For those of you not from NSW or not familiar with the NSW Premier League, you may wonder why it is such an achievement and why it deserves this sort of recognition.
The Club Championship is decided on a points system, and that system is a total of all of the points each team within a club has accumulated during the season (this is also the case for Premier League 2 and State League).
This means points from the Under 12 Boys or Under 13 Girls teams are just as important as the Open Womens or Open Mens teams. All nine age groups are just as important as each other.
Having this structure ensures that any club that wants to be at the top needs to put just as much time and resource into their junior teams as they do into their senior teams.
This is great for our sport overall as the junior players get top level coaching. The top clubs have also put together development teams of even younger players, to get them into the top level at an earlier age.
For a club however, it is no easy task. It is very difficult from an administration and people management point of view.
To challenge for the top spot you need to have the right mix of players, coaches, team managers, support staff and administrators.
You have to deal with a wide range of personalities and a wide range of opinions within your club on how things should be done and how teams should be run. You also have to be able to deal with Football NSW.
On top of this, it costs a lot of money, especially when it comes to regular and ongoing training court hire, so you need to be able to attract sponsors. The skillset you need to have within your club is wide and varied.
Its a huge juggling exercise, and we tip our hat to all clubs that compete at the top levels of Futsal in NSW.
To bring everything together to be able to win the Club Championship is no mean feat, but to be able to do that 10 times is quite incredible.
The 2016/17 season saw Magic field 130 players across the following age groups :
- Under 9’s (Development squad)
- 2 x Under 10’s (Development squad)
- 1 x Under 11 Girls (Development squad)
- 1 x Under 11 Boys (Development squad)
- Under 12 Boys
- Under 13 Girls
- Under 14 Boys
- Under 15 Girls
- Under 16 Boys
- Under 17 Girls
- Youth Men
- Open Women
- Open Men
They were very ably supported by a team of 15 administrators/officials.
This season to go along with their 10th Club Championship they had :
- 4 of their 9 teams become Premiers.
- 8 of their 9 teams qualify for the finals.
- 7 of those 8 teams qualify for the grand finals.
- 4 of those 8 teams become champions.
Well done to Inner West Magic. Congratulations for the significant milestone of a 10th Club Championship.
Well done to all players and support staff for another excellent season.
And well done to Matteo Maiorana, who has been the tireless driving force of Magic since its inception.