2019/20 Women’s Futsal Premier League round-13 Saturday pits Campbelltown Quake against Mascot Vipers, Boomerangs FS host Mountain Majik, Inner West Magic face UTS Northside, and Enfield Allstars play Eastern Suburbs Hakoah.
The points table depicts Inner West (24), Easts (23), Mascot (22), Campbelltown (21) and Northside (19) as the obvious playoff contenders, while Mountain (16) need a mathematical miracle to make it.
This weekend should also confirm Inner West as club champions, while Boomerangs will most likely be relegated back to Premier League 2 with Dural Warriors heralded for a top-flight return.
Campbelltown Quake Mascot Vipers Minto Sports Stadium 3.50pm Saturday 7 December
Boomerangs FS Mountain Majik Q-One Indoor Sports Queanbeyan 4.50pm Saturday 7 December
Inner West Magic UTS Northside Valentine Sports Park 5.20pm Saturday 7 December
Enfield Allstars Eastern Subs Hakoah Morris Iemma Sports Centre 7.10pm Saturday 7 December
Campbelltown Quake v Mascot Vipers
Campbelltown Quake welcome Mascot Vipers for a top-four blockbuster at Minto Sports Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The ‘Towners lost both games in last weekend’s double-header to tumble from equal-first to fourth spot and a third loss on the trot could see them drop out of the top-four altogether.
Mascot’s drop in form is even worse with a 2-0 win over winless Enfield their only success in the past six rounds to see them slip to third – they scored 29 goals in the opening five rounds and only 10 in the seven games since then.
Vipers and Quake were the competition’s top-two sides when they met in round six – won by Mascot 1-0 – now they’re playing for their playoff lives.
It’s certainly geared up to be a tight one with Campbelltown holding a 7-6 edge over the past 14 Mascot meetings, but Quake have won their past three at Minto (their joint second-best run at home over eight seasons) to give them an upper hand heading into this crucial clash.
Boomerangs FS v Mountain Majik
Mountain Majik can’t leave anything up the Hume Highway when they face Boomerangs FS at Q-One Indoor Sports Queanbeyan on Saturday afternoon.
The Majik must win their last two games against the competition’s bottom-two sides plus hope Campbelltown and Northside mess up their final two games to steal a finals spot – should they break free into the finals, Houdini will surely give them a nod of approval.
Majik have the form to do it – their only defeat over the past eight rounds has been a tight 5-6 loss to frontrunners Inner West, and they’re unbeaten on three straight road trips – but they face a Boomerangs side who’ve pulled off some great results this season including beating Inner West 5-0 and Mascot 3-2.
Despite being out of the playoff picture the Territorians have already equaled their best-ever premier league points haul of 14 set in a 2013/14, 29 goals conceded is currently better than the 40 they leaked in 2016/17, and they’re only three goals off setting a most-goals scored club record.
Mountain’s won three of five Boomerangs contests but a 0-0 round-six result indicates this won’t be any walkover.
Inner West Magic v UTS Northside
It’s showtime as Inner West Magic face UTS Northside at Valentine Sports Park on Saturday afternoon.
Defending champions-premiers Inner West have only just regained the competition lead after losing four of their opening nine rounds (they lost none last summer), but they are scorching red-hot having scored 15 goals in three straight wins.
Having said that, Magic are just three leaked-goals short of their heaviest season concession having given up 40 in a 2013/14 summer that saw them miss the finals altogether.
Northside have finished fourth four years running but will need to rely on other results going their way if they don’t produce something special this weekend.
A 4-3 UTS round-six win over Magic was their first-ever victory in this fixture but that doesn’t tell the full picture as six of Inner West’s 13 wins have been by a solitary goal, another was via penalty shootout and two games ended in draws.
Enfield Allstars v Eastern Suburbs Hakoah
On paper Eastern Suburbs Hakoah should make thrift work of Enfield Allstars at Morris Iemma Indoor Sports Centre on Saturday night.
Enfield have endured a heartbreaking summer as they’ve tried hard with absolutely no reward for their efforts, collecting the season’s wooden spoon three weeks out from its finish.
Allstars have won just nine of their past 55 league matches to earn a myriad of unwanted records, while Easts bask in second spot (one point behind Inner West) on a four-game winning streak and unbeaten against Enfield in three runs.
A Hakoah win could actually set up a fairytale final-round premiership showdown with Magic.