Brace yourselves for a Futsal heatwave this summer as the 2017-18 edition of the Football NSW SELECT Premier League looms as one of the hottest yet!
League foundation club Campbelltown Quake is back after dominating Premier 2, South Coast Taipans will look to better last year’s groundbreaking season, UTS Northside have a point to prove after fading out late in last summer, so too newly-named Enfield Allstars and Mountain Majik, while Dural Warriors start as title challengers for the first time since 2010.
It all adds up to a grueling task for reigning champions Inner West Magic to repeat their premiership-championship success – something the Warriors achieved four times in a row before them.
South Coast Taipans vs Enfield Rovers 4.50pm University of Wollongong Sports Hub
Campbelltown Quake vs Dural Warriors 6.10pm Minto Indoor Sports Centre
Inner West Magic vs Mountain Majik 7.40pm Valentine Sports Park
Mascot Vipers vs UTS Northside 8.50pm All Sorts Indoor Sports Centre
South Coast can set a new club record should they win a third straight premier league game against renamed Enfield Allstars at the University of Wollongong Sports Hub on Saturday afternoon.
With Boomerangs relegated the Coasters become the league’s longest road trip and many will recall a scintillating defeat of Dural last season that kickstarted their best-ever premier league effort.
After a promising start Enfield faded last summer with just two wins from their last eight fixtures and will look to put their foot forward away to a rejuvenated Coast side hungry for even greater success this time round.
Expect a lot of goals as the last six encounters between the two sides have produced a mammoth 70 goals, Enfield winning each time.
What a match-up when returned Campbelltown host Dural in a Saturday evening blockbuster at Minto Indoor Sports Centre.
Would you believe that the last time these two sides met was in a grand final, a frustrating Quake own goal handing Dural the 2015/16 title in a gripping match.
Everyone will be looking at how the Warriors respond to their regal otherthrow and a first-up challenge against old foes Campbelltown provides a mouthwatering insight into this summer’s competition.
The Warriors have the wood on Quake with eight wins and two draws from an epic last 12 meetings, including victory in the past six with Campbelltown’s last win coming at Dural in early 2014.
Quake rumbled past everyone in Premier League 2 open men’s – winning 16 straight games, scoring a whopping 102 goals (Daniel Martinez and Mark Symington bagging 22 each) and adding the icing with a thrilling 7-6 grand-final defeat of perennially-strong Raiders.
New premier league masters Inner West begin their defence with a meeting against Mountain Majik at Valentine Sports Park on Saturday night.
Last summer’s heroics might not mean much with every team equal on zero points but the confidence oozing from the Magic camp was evident at a glittering season launch that saw past and current players and officials band even closer together ahead of the upcoming season.
Inner West (deservedly) start as favourites across most grades as they attempt to protect their mantle as Australia’s most successful Futsal club, but Majik have also proven their club-championship worth and this will be a solid first-up test.
The Mountaineers probably under-achieved in the open men’s last season, but they lost just once in the last six weeks and with a feast of talented juniors coming through the ranks they should be knocking on the top-four door yet again.
Majik’s only win in eight affairs against Inner West came at Valentine Sports Park two years ago.
Mascot play UTS at All Sorts Indoor Sports Centre on Saturday night in a game that has both clubs desperate to erase last season’s efforts.
After a bright start to the summer Northside imploded with one win from their last eight runs to see them fall agonisingly short of a maiden finals berth, while foundation club Mascot endured a first-ever open-men’s wooden spoon.
This is an important opening clash for both outfits and although UTS hold a 4-2 overall edge over their opponents it would be 4-0 and 2-0 shutouts last season that would most worry Vipers.