Gilligan relieved after breaking jinx


BANGKOK – Australia coach Scott Gilligan was a relieved man to see his side come from a goal down to overcome Turkmenistan 3-1 and start their AFCFutsal Championship assault off on a winning note at Nimibutr Stadium.A goal each from Gregory Giovenali, Christopher Zeballos and Adrian Vizzari ensured the Australians bounced back from falling behind to Ahmed Allabrediyev’s long-range shot from near the touchline and join Japan at the top of Group B. Gilligan was particularly pleased given his side are traditionally slow starters since entering the competition in 2006 and the triumph also avenged their loss to the same opponents last year. “This is our third time at the Asian Championships and the first game we’ve always lost – we lost to Turkmenistan last year – so it was very pleasing tosee the boys to show their character to come back and win the game,” he said. “They stepped it up. I think we can go a bit further but I was very pleased to get that three points because the first game is always the stressful game.” Turkmenistan coach Eldar Ramazanov was not too downhearted despite seeing his side relinquish their early lead. “Of course I’m disappointed to …

Aussies begin in style


BANGKOK – Australia came from a goal down to see off Turkmenistan 3-1 in their opening AFC Futsal Group B encounter at Nimibutr Stadium.After a slow start during which they fell behind, Gregory Giovenali, Christopher Zeballos and Adrian Vizzari scored a goal apiece to get Scott Gilligan’s side off on the right foot. Turkmenistan took an unexpected lead when Ahmed Allabrediyev beat keeper Peter Spathis with a powerful shot from a tight angle near the touchline. Australia looked for an immediate reply and skipper Lachlan Wright stung keeper Ildar Tashliyev’s hands with a low drive. Fernando de Moraes then brought another good save from Tashliyev after working himself an opening before Gilligan’s men did eventually find an equaliser Giovenali forced Tashliyev to tip a swerving effort over the bar and from the resulting corner, the same player collected the ball before striding forward and drilling the ball low into the bottom corner. Spathis then brought the crowd to its feet with a run down the right that ended with a powerful shot that Tashliyev parried. And the Turkmenistan keeper was called into action early in the second half with a great save to deny Christopher Zeballos. But Australia finally went …

Futsal Referees off to Thailand


If you like the taste of Australian Thai food well I’m sure Scott Kidson and Chris Colley would be able to tell you it tastes 10 times better in Bangkok with their visit for the AFC Futsal Championship from 11th to the 18th May. Futsal, a highly entertaining form of indoor football is immensely popular across Asia and AFC wont be deterred in putting the guys through an arduous preparation course and fitness. Futsal will continue to prosper in Australia resulting in better teams and better referees. We wish both Scott and Chris the best of luck for this tournament. Source : Football Australia Published : 1/5/2008

Qantas Futsalroos beat Kuwait as preparations continue


The Qantas Futsalroos continued their preparations for their assault at making the 2008 FIFA Futsal World Cup in Brazil later this year, with a 6-2 win over Kuwait in Bangkok, Thailand. The team came back from a 2-1 half time deficit, to overwhelm the Kuwaiti’s who are also participating at the AFC Futsal Championships that start in Bangkok next Sunday. It wasn’t the best start by Australia as they tried to find their rhythm in the hot and humid conditions, with Kuwait taking advantage and grabbing the half time lead.

Winter State League Round 2 Review


The Winter State League hit Round Two at the Sydney Olympic Sports Halls last night (5/5/08) which saw 9 brilliant games of Futsal being played. Dural Warriors took on Inner West Allstars early in the evening, both teams were missing there star players due too the Futsalroos World Cup Campaign. Both teams started off strong with the game surging back and forth from one goal to another. After a tough well fought out first half the score was locked at 0-0 at the break. The second half started fast and furious with Dural scoring two early goals as they surprised the Allstars defence with fast and strong attacking. Inner West Replied quickly and gained a goal back to make the score 2-1 which set the scene to be a stormy finish. With two minutes to go Allstars drew level with some of there own fast attacking strategies. From the kick off Dural created a nice piece of play and saw themselves shooting for goal but the shot was denied by a brilliant save by J. Gullota. The ball was quickly played out by Gullota to send Tim Mascarello screaming up the court hitting Dural on counter attack to then find …

Hills Grammar teams kick off to state


The Hills Grammar senior girls and senior boys futsal team who won the NSW Schools Regional Futsal championships recently will compete in the state championships in June. Both teams went through the regional under-19 championships in April undefeated and emerged regional champions. The Hills girls team also won the championship the previous year. The teams will now represent the school and region in the NSW Schools Futsal Championships on June 23 along with 15 of the best schools in the state at the Penrith Sports Stadium. Hills Grammar have eight players in the boys’ squad and nine players in the girls’ squad. After their school holiday break the teams are training again under coaches James Muir and Mitchell Clendinning. Muir said most of the players also played futsal “outside with other teams as well”. “The girls team just won another tournament the Hills Zone Sports Association Futsal tournament,” Muir said. “In the girls team we have four members who play for the NSW team.” The four NSW players are Taylee Lewis, Eloise Geekie, Demelza Howard and Jacqui Frier. Source : The Hills Shire Times via Futsal Planet Published : 6/5/2008

Qantas Futsalroos to Commence World Cup Journey


The Qantas Futsalroos will open their qualifying campaign for the 2008 FIFA Futsal World Cup on Sunday with Scott Gilligan’s side looking to maintain Australia’s record of having appeared in every FIFA Futsal World Cup since the inaugural version in 1989. The Qantas Futsalroos have been drawn alongside number 2 ranked Asian side Japan, along with Turkmenistan and Chinese Taipei for the Asian Football Confederation’s Futsal Championships being held in Thailand. The four semi finalists at the 16 nation tournament will represent Asia at October’s FIFA Futsal World Cup in Brazil. Gilligan has chosen an experienced 14 man squad for the qualifying tournament which features seven veterans of the 2004 World Cup campaign. Australia’s first Group B match is against Turkmenistan on Sunday, followed by Chinese Taipei on Monday and Japan on Tuesday 13 May.  The all-important quarter finals will see the top two teams in Group B meet the top two teams in Group A that features Thailand, Kyrgyzstan, Iraq and Indonesia. Australia will complete their final preparations with matches against Kuwait tomorrow and against the Thailand U21s on Thursday, having demolished New Zealand 11-2 in Sydney on Saturday immediately prior to flying out to Bangkok. The Qantas Futsalroos …

Futsalroos Take on New Zealand in International Friendly


The Australian Futsalroos & New Zealand National Futsal Team will play an International Friendly on Saturday 3rd May at Dural Leisure Centre. The game starts at 6.00pm. This is in preparation for the Asian Football Confederation Futsal Championships to be held in May, from the 11th – 18th in Thailand in which the top four teams will qualify for the 2008 World Cup to be held later on in the year in Brazil. Australia’s group consists of: Japan Turkmenistan Chinese Taipei There will be a host of NSW players trying to stake their claim for an AFC and World Cup position with some great performances. On the 4th May the New Zealand National team will play Sydney Magic PCYC the current premier League Champions at Marrickville PCYC from 7:30pm. This is a unique opportunity to see the Australian Futsalroos on home soil, so come and support the boys and watch Australia’s best Futsal players do what they do best, entertain, excite and amaze. Entry to both games are free. Results Australia 13 defeated New Zealand 2 Sydney Magic PCYC 6 defeated New Zealand 0 Source : Football NSW Published : 2/5/2008

Winter State League Round 1 Review


The football NSW Futsal Winter State League competition kicked of last night at Sydney Olympic Park, with both men and women’s teams playing some brilliant games throughout the night with some surprising and expected results. The opening game of the night saw the young Super League side Dural Warriors take on the very experienced Sydney City Eagles Premier League side. Dural were not phased by there opposition and went to a very surprising 2-0 lead early in the first half. Sydney City got one goal back just before the end of the first half too make it two one at the break, leaving Sydney City coach Roy Cowie to give his team a few stern words during the break of half time. It wasn’t until late in the second half that Sydney City drew level through Brooke Cowie. Full credit goes to the young Dural Warriors side who played well above there weight too share the points with Sydney City. The next game of the night was the Mens game with the boys from Campbelltown Quake come up against Sydney Benfica. The Quake side lead by Futsalroo Simon Keith played there normal defensive and quick attacking game in the first …