The weather has started to heat up, and so has the action in the Futsal Premier League 2 Open Womens competition. After a weekend which saw some upsets and plenty of goals, we’re set for a Round 5 filled with action and intrigue.
Match of the Round: Phoenix Futsal Club vs Sydney City Eagles, Saturday 19 October, 6:15pm, PCYC Hornsby
Two sides looking to keep their momentum going, Phoenix Futsal Club host Sydney City Eagles Saturday at PCYC Hornsby with both teams wanting to move up the ladder.
Both will enter the contest with high spirits – Phoenix Futsal Club were impressive in their 7-4 result against SD Raiders Futsal whilst Sydney City Eagles picked up a point in their 3-3 draw – so this could be a launching pad for both sides seasons.
Isabel Gomez played a lone hand at times for Phoenix Futsal Club last season. She got herself going with a hat-trick last weekend but had some help in the form of Naomi Majok and Sarah Moore which will help the home side going forward.
The Eagles had a tough opening month but the point against Crusaders could hopefully signal brighter days ahead for them. The bright spot for them has been the form of Jessica Beale and Montana Bolzan whose ability to find the net might be enough to swing this contest to them.
SD Raiders Futsal vs South Coast Taipans, Saturday 19 October, 3:20pm, Fairfield Youth & Leisure Centre
Second takes on fourth in this clash of contending sides with South Coast Taipans making the trip to Fairfield Youth & Leisure Centre to take on SD Raiders Futsal.
Both sides come off shock losses in their last games. SD Raiders Futsal were on the wrong side of a 7-4 score line against Phoenix Futsal Club to fall to fourth. Taipans had a reality check in their 8-4 loss to Sydney Futsal Club in the Match of the Round.
SD Raiders Futsal games usually mean goals! 25 goals in four games is a good return and they will relish a chance to take on last year’s Champions. Paris Kambouris got herself back on the scoresheet in the loss to Phoenix and her and Mikala Tucker will have to be on form to turn over the Taipans.
Taipans coach Bobby Mazevski called his sides first loss of the year “a trainwreck and reality check” for the team sat in equal second position. A game against a fellow contender is the perfect tonic for them and a chance to create some separation from the middle of the pack.
Raiders Futsal Club vs Sydney Futsal Club, Saturday 19 October, 4:50pm, Thomas Hassell Anglican College
Fresh from their upset victory, Sydney Futsal Club aim to take another big scalp when they head across to take on Raiders Futsal Club Saturday afternoon at Thomas Hassell Anglican College.
The visitors moved into third spot after their 8-4 success against Taipans which saw them record their second victory of the season. Raiders Futsal Club were blanked by Dural Warriors 5-nil in their home game.
Sydney’s victory can be used as a springboard for the rest of the season. Morgan Maxwell pulled the strings for them with a handful of assists but with Zoe Yeats and Georgia Manos, they have a consistent goal threat to hold onto their position.
For the home side, their last loss sprung them to life with nine goals scored in their back-to-back victories which followed. Raiders Futsal Club are equal fourth and know if they can get themselves on a good run of form, they can move into the top two.
Dural Warriors vs West City Crusaders, Saturday 19 October, 3:50pm, The Centre – Dural
Competition leaders Dural Warriors host West City Crusaders Saturday afternoon at The Centre – Dural looking to further their advantage over the chasing pack.
Warriors made it three victories on the trot with a five-star performance against last year’s Grand Finalists Raiders Futsal Club. The Crusaders picked up what could be a vital point in their 3-3 draw with Sydney City Eagles.
It is a tough task that faces West City Crusaders against the rampant leaders. Since their opening weekend result against Raiders Futsal Club, they have picked up a single point which was last weekend. Dione King and Jo Thorley continue to be the fulcrum for the attack and need to fire if they want to repeat their opening day heroics.
Much has been said about the Warriors attack but their defense deserves some praise as well. Only two goals conceded thus far through four games. Sarah Easthope has been a wall between the sticks and it will be a tough task for any side to crack.
By Justin Davies (@JustDavies90)