OFC Day 4 : Al Saudi strikes seven in New Zealand win

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New Zealand cruised to a 13-1 win over Tuvalu in the final game of Match Day Four at the OFC Futsal Championships in Suva. Kiwi captain Bakr Al Saudi went on a scoring rampage opening his tournament account in the second minute and closing it – seven goals later – in the 40th minute. New Zealand’s shot at winning the championship has slipped after losses to the Solomon Islands and Tahiti but Coach Erkin Osman was delighted that his team finally had something to smile about “We talked about finishing this tournament off properly and I plan to do so. We want to go back home with our heads held high.” NZL: 4. Marvin EAKINS; 8. Joshua MARTIN; 10. Ouadhah RAGUED; 14. Bakr Al SAUDI; 20. Clayton CHAPPELL (GK), SUBS: 1. Elias BILLEH (RGK); 5. Yukin NAIDOO; 3. Andrew GWILLIAM; 19. Michael CORRINGHAM; 12. Luke FIELD; 17. Victor ZAIA; 23. Gregory O’CONNOR Coach: Erkin Osman (AUS) Goals: 14. Bakr Al SAUDI 2′,5′, 15′, 16′; 32′; 40′; 10. Ouadhah RAGUED 15′; 4. Marvin EAKINS 21′; 23. Gregory O’CONNOR 23′; 3. Andrew GWILLIAM 37′; TUV: 1. Sopepe TAILOLO (GK); 6. Paitela KELEMENE; 8. Peniuna KAITU; 11. Imo FIAMALUA; 21. Maio ETIMANI; SUBS: …

OFC Day 4 : Vanuatu win sets up do or die match with Solomons

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Vanuatu moved into first place – equal in points with the Solomon Islands – after beating Fiji 5-2 in the second game of Match Day Four in the OFC Futsal Championships in Fiji. The result sets up an epic top of the table clash tomorrow night when Vanuatu meet the Solomon Islands with a spot at the FIFA Futsal World Cup in Brazil on the line. Vanuatu took the early lead after two minutes when Jack Viro Ala penetrated the Fijian backline before slotting the ball under Fiji goalkeeper Nishad Wasim Ali. They added to their lead in the twelth minute when Derek Malas converted the first of his two goals on the evening. Fiji looked like they were set to stage a comeback when Sandeep Sanjesh Nair drew one back for the hosts but it only served to inspire Vanuatu into pushing more numbers forward and goals to Louis Dominique, Ala and Malas sealed the win. Assis Chand scored a late consolation goal for Fiji with three minutes left to play. Vanuatu Coach Marcellino Barthelemy was reluctant to enjoy the win, instead focusing already on tomorrow night’s match with the Solomon’s. “The match tomorrow night is the final for …

2008 NSW Schools Regional Futsal Championships Results – Update

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More results are in for the 2008 NSW Schools Regional Futsal Champs. The original set of results can be found here, and they have been updated with these more resent ones too. 2008 NSW Schools Regionals – Campbelltown Grade Winner Runner Up u10 mixed Balgownie HS Robert Townsen u12 Boys Balgownie HS St Andrews PS u12 Girls St Pauls Santa Sabina u14 boys John Terry Catholic Ambervale HS u14 Girls Kellyville HS Elderslie High u16 Boys Robert Townsen Kellyville HS u16 Girls Robert Townsen Sarah Redfern HS u19 Boys St Johns Park Hawker College u19 Girls Westfields Sports Hawker College 2008 NSW Schools Regionals – Dural Grade Winner Runner Up u10 mixed The Hills Grammar Oakhill Drive PS u12 Boys Dural PS Pacific Hills u12 Girls Dural PS Hills Grammar u14 boys Epping Boys HS Epping Boys HS u14 Girls Pymble Ladies Stella Maris HS u16 Boys Epping Boys HS Pacific Hills u16 Girls Bossley Park HS Narara Valley u19 Boys Oakhill College Cherrybrook Tech u19 Girls Pymble Ladies College Galston HS 2008 NSW Schools Regionals – Liverpool Grade Winner Runner Up u10 mixed Sule College – Prestons Al Amanah u12 Boys Sule College – Prestons International Grammar School u12 …

OFC Day 4 : Spoils shared between Tahiti and New Caledonia

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Tahiti fought back from a two goal deficit to draw 2-2 with New Caledonia in the first game of Match Day Four at the OFC Futsal Championships in Suva, Fiji.It was another spirited fight back from the Tahitian side, whose never-say-die attitude resulted in Jimmy Riaria equalising in the 35th minute after New Caledonia had shot out to a 2-0 lead. But Tahiti coach Rani Bea will be regretting a host of missed opportunities for his side in the opening five minutes which could have painted a different picture. Against the run of play New Caledonia opened the scoring in the third minute of the match when Yvan Pourouoro converted from close range after a swift New Caledonia counter attack. Jerry Iaruel increased the lead for New Caledonia two minutes into the second half and it looked as if they were set to collect their first win of the tournament. But the Tahitian spirit should never be counted out and goals to Yvan Pourouoro and Riaria kept alive Tahiti’s shot at the championship. Tahiti Coach Rani Bea was happy with the spirit and determination of his side to fight back from 2-0 down but disappointed with the result. “The objective …

NSW Premier League Trials : Sydney Magic

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Sydney Magic PCYC will be conducting trials for the upcoming 2008/09 Futsal Premier League season at the Marrickville PCYC, 531 Illawarra Road, Marrickville Trials will take place across most main age groups. Dates and times of the trials are as follows… U/13 Girls : Wednesday 9th of July, Wednesday 16th of July and Friday 18th of July 7.00pm U/16 Girls : Wednesday 9th of July, Wednesday 16th of July and Friday 18th of July 8.00pm Open Womens : Womens Trials are now cancelled. Please contact Matteo if you still wish to trial. U/12 Boys : Sunday 13th of July and Sunday 20th of July 3.00pm U/14 Boys : Sunday 13th of July and Sunday 20th of July 4.00pm U/16 Boys : Sunday 13th of July and Sunday 20th of July 5.00pm Youth Men : Sunday 13th of July and Sunday 20th of July 5.30pm * Over 50 Magic players selected for NSW last season * All Magic coaches are NSW coaches and Level 1 accredited If you are committed to improving as a futsal player and want to join a successful and friendly family orientated club…Join the Magic Revolution! Or contact Matteo Maiorana : 0410 562 695 – matteo@sydneymagic.com.au  or Craig Atkinson …

OFC : Our young futsal men come of age

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HOW sweet it is. Yet another of our teams have beaten Oceania’s dominant soccer nation, New Zealand. But this time it was an extra special win.For it was by the national futsal team, a group of young men specially groomed for this day. They have been brought up through the age groups in this five-aside indoor version of football. They are the youngest team in the Oceania Futsal World Cup qualifying tournament in Fiji. They still face tough games ahead, especially against New Caledonia (today), Fiji (tomorrow) and Vanuatu (Thursday). But a 5-1 win over New Zealand? Let’s enjoy yet another special day for our soccer. And send our young futsal heroes all our support as they chase a place in the finals in Brazil. Go, Solo, Go. Source : Solomon Star Published : 10/6/2008

OFC : Fans cry foul as vehicles fall foul to thieves at play-offs

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FANS have asked the Fiji Football Association to stop turning a blind eye to the security of those attending the Oceania Football Confederation Futsal Championships at the Vodafone Arena.This after a number of cars was broken into during the first day of competition on Sunday while fans watched the Fiji-New Caledonia match. Fiji FA chief executive Bob Kumar has also washed its hands off the issue, saying the Fiji Sports Council was responsible for the security outside the premises. However, FSC venue manager Selwyn Williams said even though the tourney was being played at the Sports City, car owners were parking their vehicles at the venue at their own risk. Abdul Shah, whose car was one of those broken into, said it seemed Fiji FA as usual was only concerned about making money. “We have our cars out there and this gets broken into and Bob Kumar tells me nothing can be done and it’s not Fiji FA’s responsibility,” Shah said “It seems that Fiji FA is not worried about the fans’ security but only getting the people in at any costs.” Shah said the least which cold be done by Fiji FA was to provide some security to look …

Maccabi Futsal on the world stage

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MACCABI will test its skills against the cream of international futsal next month after accepting invitations to participate in two elite-level tournaments in Portugal. The Maccabi Futsal Club announced a 12-man touring squad to tackle clubs from European football giants, such as Sporting Paris, Sporting Lisbon and Benfica, in an exhibition tournament to launch a new stadium on the Azores Island. The side will then travel to Guarda City in the country’s north to challenge for the Gold Cup, which will comprise the same teams but with clubs from the US and Iran as well. The team will be headed by Australian Futsalroo coach and recently appointed Oceania Futsal development officer Scott Gilligan, as well as current Futsalroo captain Simon Keith. The side was invited to the inauguration of the new stadium, where they will play professional sides at the sold-out venue, with the tournament also set to receive television coverage. Maccabi Futsal president John Myers told The AJN that this tour was all about building towards Maccabiah 2009. “The idea behind taking the tour was to get the international overseas experience and get battle-hardened, with the big vision being Maccabiah 2009 and to get a core group of players …

OFC : Solomons, Tahiti and Vanuatu score exciting wins on match day three

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The Solomon Islands, Tahiti and Vanuatu all scored impressive wins on Match Day Three of the OFC Futsal Championships at the Vodafone Arena in Suva, Fiji yesterday. Vanuatu responded to their heartbreaking last minute loss to New Zealand last night with a comprehensive 11-1 victory over New Caledonia, Tahiti scored an improbable come-from-behind 3-2 victory over New Zealand and the Solomon Islands beat out Fiji in an exciting 11-6 goal fest. The Solomon Islands lead the table on 9 points while Vanuatu and Tahiti are both just three points behind. There were 34 goals scored on Match Day Three of the tournament and the boisterous crowd of over 1500 helped make the day the most exciting so far. Derek Malas opened the days scoring with his first goal of the day coming just one minute into the opening game against New Caledonia and the scoring didn’t stop until the 37th minute when Jack Vira Ala converted his fourth and Vanuatu’s eleventh. Goals in between fell to Siardon Mera Talkanamal (2), Jack Vira Ala (4), Louis Dominique (2), Malas, and Sean Wowut Fanai. New Caledonia scored a consolation goal through Yvon Pourouoro. In game two Tahiti produced the most memorable finish …

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OFC Day 3 : Solomon’s strike eleven against Fiji

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The Solomon Island reasserted their dominance on the OFC Futsal Tournament in Suva tonight with a comprehensive 11-6 win over tournament hosts Fiji. It was match of two contrasting styles, Solomon’s preferring the silky smooth passing and dribbling while Fiji looked for the direct route and tried to out muscle their opponents. It was the most exhilarating match of the tournament and the packed crowd of 2,500 were witness to a match fuelled on adrenaline that saw both teams heading into the halftime break locked at 4-4. The Solomon Islands regained their lead twenty seconds into the second half when fan favourite Elliot Ragomo found the back of the net after a skilful run. The Solomon’s quickly piled on another three goals before Fiji could reply and the score quickly escalated to 11-6 and sent the crowd into overdrive. Goals for Solomon were scored by Micah Lea’alafa (4), James Egata (2), Francis Lafai, Elliot Ragomo (2); Jack Wetney and Jenan Kapu. Kamal Hassan scored a hatrick for Fiji alongside two goals from Mira Sahib and one from Alvin Avinesh. Solomon Island Coach Victor Wai’ia was elated with the result and was happy with the discipline his side showed. “We sticked …

OFC Day 3 : Tahiti score improbable come from behind victory

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Tahiti scored an amazing 3-2 victory over New Zealand on match day three of the OFC Futsal Championships in Suva, Fiji. Tahiti were trailing 2-1 with one minute and forty seconds to play before Michel Maihuri scored two goals in the space of 90 seconds to clinch the win in dramatic circumstances. The game began at a breakneck speed with Tahiti scoring after two minutes through Romeo Patira before New Zealand equalized just five seconds later care of Joshua Martin. The remainder of the first half was a cagey tense affair with both sides creating good chances but unable to convert them into goals. Marvin Eakins looked like he had clinched the winner for New Zealand when his finish put the kiwis in front with two minutes left on the clock. But the Tahitian side – playing at their first ever OFC Futsal championship – were not done and Maihuri scored the equalizer with 1.40 left on the clock. The celebrations were intense from the Tahitian bench but they were nothing compared to the jubilation shown nine seconds from time when Maihuri headed home his second of the night to steal an improbable victory. The Tahiti coaching staff were near …

OFC Day 3 : Vanuatu strike eleven in Matchday Three

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Vanuatu smashed their way to the largest win of the OFC Futsal Championships in Fiji, beating New Caledonia 11-1in the opening game of match day three. Vanuatu coach Marcellino Barthelemy had asked for more clinical finishing from his players following a host of missed chances in their opening two games against Tuvalu and New Zealand. His request was met by five different players who all found the score sheet for Vanuatu starting with standout performer Derek Malas – 40 seconds into the match. Goals soon followed to Siardon Mera Talkanamal (2), Jack Vira Ala (4), Louis Dominique (2), Malas, and Sean Wowut Fanai. New Caledonia managed a consolation goal 15 minutes into the first half but it was a day to forget for Coach Eric Michalak and his squad as nothing fell their way. Vanuatu looked a re-energized, combative unit and bounced back from yesterday’s heartbreaking last minute loss to New Zealand in the best possible way. Coach Marcellino Barthelemy re-affirmed his statement yesterday that their tournament is not over. “I expect more every day and I know that we can still play better than that,” he said. “I was really happy with the finishing today and I thought we …

OFC : Solomons top table after Match Day 2

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The Solomon Islands shot to the top of the OFC Futsal Championship table today following their 8-5 victory over New Caledonia on match day two of the tournament in Suva Fiji.New Zealand were made to work hard for their first win of the tournament beating Vanuatu 2-1 while Futsal newcomers Tahiti beat Tuvalu 3-1 in the final match of the day. But it was the Solomon Islanders that provided the most entertainment for the1000 strong crowd inside the Vodafone Arena as they came back from an early two goal deficit to set the tournament alight. Alexandre Rosso and Edouard Murraccioli opened the scoring for New Caledonia before the Solomon side scored three quick fire goals through Maffat Sikw’ae, Francis Lafai and Elliot Ragomo to lead 3-2 at the break. The Solomon’s added to their tally in the second half through Jenan Kapu, Jack Wetney, Ragomo and a double from Micah Lea’Alafa. New Caledonia finished the scoring blitz with two goals in the final minute from Yvon Pourouroro. New Zealand collected their first win of the tournament thanks to a last minute Greg O’Connor goal in the first game of the day. New Zealand went ahead in the second half through …

OFC : Sahib leads Futsal side

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Being a young skipper does not deter Mira Sahib from thinking like a veteran as he leads the national side into the Vodafone FUTSAL Oceania Football Confederation World Cup play-offs which started last night.Fiji played New Caledonia in its opening match and the rugged Suva defender has been given the nod by coach Intiaz Khan to lead Fiji’s campaign and despite being only 24-years old. He has a lot of experience in the code. Sahib is the only survivor from the side which took part in the competition in 2004. “I am very proud to be named captain and this is my first time to be skipper of the national side.” Sahib said the team was like a family and the bond in the players made his job easier. “The bond among the players is very strong,” he said. “Their spirits are high.” However, he has taken caution that his side, despite being the hosts, have not played any international matches in their build-up. “We haven’t been tested and this is what will happen when the tournament starts.” Khan said Sahib was appointed because of his experience, among other factors. “He played in the last tournament and has the respect …

OFC Day 2 : Tahiti open account with win

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Tahiti opened up their international Futsal account with a 3-1 win over Tuvalu in the final game of Match Day Two in the OFC Futsal Championships in Suva, Fiji. Tuvalu and Tahiti are both new to the Futsal code and it was a game of firsts with both sides finding their first international goal in an international match Tahiti survived an early scare when Tuvalu target Imo Fiamalua opened the scoring in the 11th minute, blasting a freekick through the wall and into the Tahiti net. But Tahiti were quick to respond and three minutes later Michael Maihuri levelled the scores with a well placed drive from just outside the box. Maihuri gave Tahiti the lead three minutes later with a free kick of his own blistering the Tuvalu net and the bench of Tahiti players and officials reacted in euphoric celebration. Steeven Tino put the icing on the cake for Tahiti when he found the net from close range with 42 seconds left on the clock. Tahiti coach Rani Bea was pleased with the result but was looking for a better performance from his side. “We were looking for a better performance and I think the boys were a …

OFC Day 2 : Solomon Islands prevail in goal frenzy

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The Solomon Islands survived an early scare to establish themselves as both the crowd pleasers and tournament favourites of the OFC Futsal Championships in Suva after a resounding 8-5 win over New Caledonia. New Caledonia got off to the best possible start scoring two goals in the opening eight minutes through Alexandre Rosso and Edouard Muraccioli. But it was the Solo boys who dominated the possession, shots on goal and the crowd support and the 1000-strong crowd was brought to life as they equalised and then went ahead just before halftime with two goals from Moffat Sikwa’ae and a converted penalty kick from Elliot Ragomo. Solomon goalkeeper Alick Lioka was shown a straight red card for his foul play on New Caledonia’s Jerry Iaruel but reserve goalkeeper Stanley Puairana saved spectacularly from the resulting penalty. The Solomon’s came out of the second half buzzing and three minutes into the second half they made it 4-2 with a great strike from Jenan Kapu. Jack Wetney added to the tally two minutes later and New Caledonia pulled one back through Marcias Gino Rene in the 32nd minute. The last two minutes produced a flurry of goals as both sides decided to go …

OFC Day 2 : O’Conner winner gives Kiwi’s hope

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Gregory O’Connor kept New Zealands OFC Futsal Championship dreams alive with the winning goal in their last minute 2-1 win over Vanuatu in the first game of match day two. O’Connor was thrown on as a late sub by New Zealand coach Erkin Osman and he repaid his coach’s faith with a right footed drive into the Vanuatu net to seal the valuable three points and throw his side a lifeline in the tournament. New Zealand had gone ahead halfway through the second half when Andrew Gwilliam’s long range shot squeezed between the legs of Vanuatu goalkeeper Chikau Mansale. Vanuatu replied with a well earned equaliser five minutes from the end and it looked like the spoils were going to be shared after a rough physical match between two very even sides. But O’Connor had a different idea and his quick turn and shot from inside the box was just what osman ordered and sparked jubilant celebrations from the NZ bench. It was a tough pill to swallow for Vanuatu who had dominated large periods of the match but were let down again by some poor finishing. Both sides now have one win and one loss and will be relying …

OFC : Television Coverage in Oceania

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SUVA – The Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) in conjunction with Fiji TV is pleased to advise football fans around the region of broadcast details of the OFC Futsal Championship – Fiji 2008. OFC and Fiji TV have reached an agreement to cover all 21 matches of the championship for broadcasters around the region. Full details of the exact broadcast arrangements for each country can be obtained by contacting your local broadcaster. OFC will provide updates at www.oceaniafootball.com of where and when you can follow the fortunes of your nation’s matches in Suva. Host nation Fiji and its close rivals Solomon Islands and Vanuatu recorded opening day wins at the Vodafone Arena in Suva – Vanuatu handed Tuvalu a 6-0 defeat as Solomon Islands turned over New Zealand 5-1. Fiji scored what could be a pivotal win over highly fancied New Caledonia 4-2. Australia won the OFC Futsal Championship title on four occasions in 1992, 1996, 1999 and 2004. However its last experience at the FIFA Futsal World Cup – Thailand 2004 resulted in three defeats: Brazil (0-10), Czech Republic (0-5) and Thailand (2-3). Fiji and New Zealand have finished runners-up to Australia on two occasions with Vanuatu finishing third in …

Sydney Magic expression of interest

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Three time consecutive NSW Futsal Premier League Club Champions Sydney Magic PCYC are seeking expressions of interest for Coaches, Assistant Coaches and Managers for the 2008/09 Premier League Season Magic will be fielding 8 teams, and are accepting coaching and managing applications for six of the age groups : Under 12 Boys Under 14 Boys Under 16 Boys Under 19 Mens (Youth) Under 13 Girls Under 16 Girls We are asking for nominations for the positions of : Coach Assistant Coach Manager Please Email or Fax your applications to the following addresses by no later than Friday the 27th of June 2008. Fax : 02 9520 2832 Email : matteo@sydneymagic.com.au All Premier League coaches must be at least Level One Futsal Coaching Accredited. Please indicate on your application form as to whether you will need to attend an accreditation course before the season begins. If you are committed to improving as a futsal coach and want to join a successful and friendly family orientated club…Join the Magic Revolution! For any further details check out our website www.sydneymagic.com.au Or contact Matteo Maiorana : 0410 562 695 – matteo@sydneymagic.com.au Or Craig Atkinson : 0412 001 650 – craig@sydneymagic.com.au Source : Sydney Magic PCYC

OFC Day 1 : Melanesian Magic on day one of Futsal Championship

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Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Fiji all got off to perfect starts on Match Day One of the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) Futsal Championship today at the Vodafone Arena in Suva, Fiji.The three Melanesian teams are now favourites to represent OFC at the FIFA Futsal World Cup in Brazil in September after combining for a total of 15 goals in their three respective games. The tournaments opening match proved a real crowd pleaser as hundreds of Solomon Island fans packed into the indoor stadium to show their support for Victor Wai’ias young squad. The Solomon boys didn’t disappoint and bounced out to a five goal lead with goals to Elliot Ragamo (2), Micah Lea’alafa, Maffat Sikwa’ae and Jenan Kapu. New Zealand scored a consolation goal with one minute left on the clock through Bakr Al Saudi but it was not nearly enough to stop the Solomon side establishing themselves as tournament favourites. Vanuatu fought through some stubborn first half Tuvalu defending to increase their one goal half time lead to six at the final whistle. Jack Vira Ala was the star of the show finishing off a classy hat trick after goals from Ben Edward and Derek Malas. In the final …

Sydney Benfica FC 2008/2009 Super League Trials

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In anticipation that Sydney Benfica FC is successful in its application to participate in the Football NSW 2008/09 Futsal Super League, the club is looking for exciting and talented futsal players to trial for the following age groups; 12 Boys, 14 Boys, 16 Boys, Youth, Mens, 13 Girls, 16 Girls and Womens. Trials will also be held for our Little Eagles Academy U10 Boys/Girls. Trial dates for this academy will be advised at a later date. Marrickville PCYC 531 Illawarra Road Marrickville NSW 2204. Thursday 10th & 17th July 2008 U13 Girls 6.30pm – 7.30pm U16 Girls 7.40pm – 8.40pm Open Womens 8.50pm – 9.50pm Sunday 13th & 20th July 2008 U12 Boys 3.30pm – 4.30pm U14 Boys 1.00pm – 2.00pm U16 Boys 2.15pm – 3.15pm U19 Youth 4.45pm – 5.45pm Open Mens 6.00pm – 7.00pm All players must arrive 20 minutes prior to the commencement of trials. All Sydney Benfica FC teams will participate in the FNSW State Titles, which will ensure that all players are eligible for selection trials for the Nationals. For further details email: mailto:info@benfica.com.au Andrew Demery – 0405 530 183 Lorenzo D’Addona – 0401 221 175 Source : Sydney Benfica FC Published : 8/6/2008

OFC Day 1 : Hassan the hero as Fiji earn late win

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Kamal Hassan was the toast of Suva tonight as his two late goals propelled Fiji to a 4-2 win over New Caledonia in the final game of the OFC Futsal Championships on match day one.The match was very evenly balanced with both sides making a cautious start, feeling each other out. Rosso Alexandre opened the scoring for New Caledonia in the fifth minute after some creative link up play through the midfield. Five minutes later Sandeep Sanjesh Nair equalised for Fiji and brought to life the 600 strong crowd who screamed with anticipation whenever Fiji got near the goal. New Caledonia missed their chance to regain the lead after Fiji goalkeeper Azmat Begg took out Pourouro Yvan and Wemama Jean Philippe missed the resulting penalty kick. Fiji made them pay three minutes before halftime when Nayzal Siga Ali finished off a slick move tapping home from inside the box . Hnailolo Albert equalised for New Caledonia with three minutes remaining and both sides looked comfortable with a hard fought point from their first endeavour. But Hassan had other plans and two goals within the space of a minute produced a roaring ovation from the Fiji fans and locked up a …

OFC Day 1 : Vanuatu send warning to the pack

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Vanuatu made their presence known at the OFC Futsal Championships with a smashing 6-0 win over Tuvalu in the second game of match day two.Jack Vira Ala opened the scoring in the second minute,added another just after halftime and one before the final whistle to complete his hatrick and a man of the match performance for Vanuatu Terry Quare and Derek Malas also added to the scoreline which would make most coaches sleep easy at night. But coach Marcellino Barthelemy was not impressed with the number of opportunities his side wasted in front of goal. “I expect more than that. In the first half we panicked infront of goal. I gave the team some strong comment at half time and rebuilt their confidence and we were better in the second half.” But our finishing and some of our posessional play still needs to improve for our next match.” Tuvalu coach Sami Neemia was optimistic about his sides loss in their first ever appearance at a Futsal tournament. “I thought we played well, and it was a good performance for our first game. We will learn a lot from this and I don’t think we will play a harder team in …

OFC Day 1 : Solomon Islands open Futsal tournament with Dazzling display

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“The perfect way to start the tournament,” That was how Solomon Island futsal coach Victor Wai’ia described his sides 5-1 romp over New Zealand in the opening match of the OFC Futsal Championships in Suva. It was an exciting opening to the tournament with an adrenelin pumping opening minute resulting in Elliot Ragamo scoring the tournaments first goal for the Solomons to the delight of their boisterous army of support. New Zealand had a chance to equalise soon after but Ouadhah Ragued’s penalty was neatly saved by Solomon goalkeeper Alick Lioka. Ellito Ragamo was the star of the show for the Solomon side and he added his second from the spot with one minute remaining in the first half. He could have completed a first half hat trick if not for his missed penalty 30 seconds later. But that wasn’t going to slow him or the Solomon side down and in the second half they quickly made it 4-0 with goals in quick sucession to Micah Lea’alafa and Maffat Sikwa’ae. Jenan Kapu finished the scoring with a long distance blast from outside the box and provided the icing on the cake for an impressive Solomon Island performance. Gregory O’Connor scored a …

OFC : Futsal Championship starts today

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The Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) Futsal Championship kicks off in Suva, Fiji today with seven nations competing for a place at the FIFA Futsal World Cup in Brazil in September.There was a late change to kick off times in the tournament and the first match between Solomon Islands and New Zealand will now kick off at 16H00 (local time) followed by Tuvalu v Vanuatu at 18H00 and Fiji v New Caledonia at 20H00. Oceaniafootball.com will provide up to date results, photos and match reports of all games at the tournament. The tournament is destined to have a new winner this year as New Caledonia, New Zealand, Solomon Islands, Tahiti, Tuvalu and Vanuatu all compete for the championship which Australia has dominated since the tournaments conception. Australia has won four titles in a row since 1992 with New Zealand and Fiji both earning runners up honours on two occasions, New Zealand in ‘92 and ‘04 and Fiji in ‘96 and ’99. Australia left OFC on January 1, 2006 to join the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and their absence provides a pathway for another nation to represent Oceania at the FIFA Futsal World Cup in Brazil in September. Australia was cast in …

Always wanted to coach Futsal?

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Coach Futsal in the best Association within NSW. The Sutherland Shire Futsal Association invites you to apply to Coach select teams in the upcoming 2008 – 2009 Football NSW Futsal Super League.Coaches will be selected on merit taking into consideration all relevant experiance and qualifications both from Futsal and Football. Each Coach must have or expect to attain a Football Federation Australia (FFA) level 1 Futsal Certificate prior to the conclusion of the season. Players in teams under 12, 14, 16 boy’s, under 13, 16 girl’s, under 19 men’s and all age men and women are selected from all eligible and available players during open trials conducted by the Association. If you feel suitably qualified & experienced to Coach please email secretary@shirefutsal.com.au and or call Jonathan Simnett 0417 042 145 for more information. Express your interest by 5pm Friday 1st August 2008. Source : Sutherland Shire Futsal Association Published : 7/6/2008

OFC : Tahiti embrace Futsal for the first time

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If the Tahitian Futsal team are to have success at the OFC Futsal Championships in Suva this week a lot of credit will go to Scott Gilligan, the technical advisor working with the side. Since April of this year, Gilligan and head coach Rani Bea have been living with the squad in a football academy in Tahiti, training twice a day with every Sunday off. Gilligan is the current Australian futsal coach and was approached to help prepare the Tahiti team for the OFC Championships. “Tahiti embraced Futsal for the first time last year,” Gilligan said. “The first ever tournament attracted 20 teams and the winner earned the right to represent Tahiti at the OFC Futsal Championships.” Gilligan said that eight players in the Tahitian side are from the small island of Rapa – where there is no airport and they have to take a boat across to the main Island. Though the team has only been playing Futsal for a short time Gilligan said he was impressed with how far they have come and developed. “There have been big improvements across the board for all our players, everyone has really improved a lot. There are no outstanding stars but …

OFC : New NZ Coach not looking to make excuses

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New Zealand Futsal coach Erkin Osman is looking to combine his experience with the teams enthusiasm and raw talent to guide the side to their first ever Futsal World Cup.Osman – who was a late replacement for coach Rod Crighton – was a member of the Australian Futsal team from 1983 – 1984 and is the only Australian to have played at four Futsal World Cups. He only joined the NZ team three weeks ago and said that though he has only had a short time with the side is very confident in their ability. “I have only had eight training sessions together with the squad, maybe totalling 23 hours. “The assistant coach has been working with the guys when I haven’t been around and there has been a lot of positives to come out of the last three weeks,” Erkin said. “Once we started training, there were some important lessons learned very quickly and I believe we have a great shot at winning this thing. There will be no excuses from me if we don’t.” Osman – who lives in Sydney – was the coach of the Australian Futsal team for several years and now runs his own soccer …

OFC : Vanuatu Futsal squad as ready as they will ever be

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“We are 100% physically, mentally and spiritual ready. We have been training five times a week for four months for this tournament.”That was the staunch, confident opinion of Vanuatu Futsal assistant coach Marco Herrominly who has been grooming the experienced squad based in Port Vila, alongside head coach Marcellino Barthelemy. Herrominly said that he didn’t mind the team thinking ahead to the thought of competing at the countries first ever FIFA World Cup event. “This is their dream,” he said. “Now they are like a hungry dog… waiting.” Vanuatu’s preparation program has involved four months of training with inter-squad games serving as trial runs. “The facilities in Vanuatu are not like here, we play on concrete inside back home,” Herrominly said. “There are no stars in our team but instead it is the collective, team effort that will get us through.” Barthelemy brings with him an experienced squad with four players making appearances for Vanuatu at the OFC Futsal Championships in both 1999 and 2004. Vanuatu has an active Futsal foundation consisting of 38 teams throughout different leagues from Premier level right through to Women’s Futsal and a U-12 junior league. Barthelemy said there is an interesting transition he has …

OFC : Seven Nations set to compete for OFC Futsal Championship crown

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The Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) Futsal Championship kicks off in Suva, Fiji on Sunday with seven nations competing for a place at the FIFA Futsal World Cup in Brazil in September. The tournament is destined to have a new winner this year as New Caledonia, New Zealand, Solomon Islands, Tahiti, Tuvalu and Vanuatu all compete for the championship which Australia has dominated since the tournaments conception. Australia has won four titles in a row since 1992 with New Zealand and Fiji both earning runners up honours on two occasions, New Zealand in ‘92 and ‘04 and Fiji in ‘96 and ’99. Australia left OFC on January 1, 2006 to join the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and their absence provides a pathway for another nation to represent Oceania at the FIFA Futsal World Cup in Brazil in September. Australia was cast in the same group as world champions Brazil at the FIFA Futsal World Cup – Chinese Taipei 2004 and finished the group stage of the tournament without a win. Futsal – an indoor form of football played with five players per side and a weighted ball – has become increasingly popular throughout countries in OFC and the lure of a …