Futsal Premier League Open Men’s 2022 Season Preview

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After a long wait between seasons, the Futsal Premier League Open Men’s competition returns to the court in 2022. In what promises to be thrilling season, let’s take a look at how our eight teams are shaping up ahead of our home and away season.

And with a lot of quality across the competition, it’s sure to be a competitive race for Semi-Finals football in fourteen weeks’ time.

Campbelltown City Quake had a rough season in 2019 but are ready to give the competition another shake three years later. With a focus om bringing youth players into the first team, expect the likes of Dean Lockhart, Harrison James and Bradon Clissold to lead this young team into the season. And with little expectation on them, who says they can’t be competitive and surprise a few teams this season.

It’s a return to the top tier for Dural Warriors who come into the 2022 as the promoted team after taking the FPL2 by storm back in 2019. Led by Alastair Bruce, expect to see the familiar faces you’ve come to know and love at the Centre. While Josh Moran looks like a quality pick up coming in from Adelaide. Finals the goal, you would be brave to tip against the Warriors making a splash in 2022.

Next up, we have the team that took home the grand final trophy in 2019 in Eastern Suburbs Hakoah. Led by Miles Downie and Tom Engesser, they have been busy in the offseason playing in the recently established winter league. Nine players make their return to the side following their 2019 success while also strengthening elsewhere. If they can gel quickly, they are another side set to compete this season.

Like other clubs, it’s been a long time between Futsal Premier League seasons for Enfield Allstars. A team with a storied history of bringing players into the national spotlight. This season, ambitions are once again high with a strong squad assembled for season 2022. Highlighting the additions to the squad is Shervin Adeli who returns to the club after missing the 2019-20 season. He will be joined by Josh and Edilson Da Silva as other additions to the squad.

Ask around the futsal community and everyone is intrigued to see how Inner West line up in this upcoming season. Having undergone a change in leadership, it’s a new dawn for the club who no longer hold the Magic tag. Unlike their women’s counterparts, a lot of players have hung around from their Magic days with seven players returning. And their recruitment isn’t bad either with Ahmed Sweedan, Alex Nicolosi and Nathan Niski among others to join Inner West.

Finishing top of the table in 2019, Mascot Vipers will be looking to go one better and take out grand final honors in 2022. Coached by Nick Hanna, there is a stability around this Vipers side with Bruno Mendes, the Quilligan brothers and others returning. While in a bit of history, a father son duo will take to the court as Adriano and Ethan De Melo look set to feature. There’s a lot to like about this Vipers side who will be one of the favourites coming in.

Is there a more intriguing prospect than Mountain Majik this season? Coming in hot with a victory in the Winter Futsal League, there’s an expectation of success coming into the premier league. With a core group of players who have been together for four or five years, they have recruited smartly in filling in gaps in the squad with the signings of Andrew Luttringer, Marko Filipovic and Aaron Cimitile. While Babek Maneti comes in to coach the team with plenty of international experience.

Finally we arrive at UTS Northside who also have eyes on a final’s series appearance this season. A club who likes to reward loyalty, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Grant Lynch’s side get off to a fast start as others take time to gel. Incomings are Dylan Niski who joins from Inner West Magic and Michael Borg from the Majik who will be joining ten familiar faces in the Northside line up. With a top four race ahead of us, will stability pay off for Grant Lynch’s side?

Round One Fixtures:

Dural Warriors v UTS Northside Futsal Club; Saturday 17th September, 4:50pm, The Centre Dural

Inner West Futsal Club v Mountain Majik Futsal Club; Saturday 17th September, 5pm, Valentine Sports Park

Mascot Vipers v Eastern Suburbs Hakoah Futsal Club; Saturday 17th September, 5:30pm, PCYC Hawkesbury

Enfield Allstars v Campbelltown City Quake Futsal Club; Saturday 17th September, 6:50pm, Morris Iemma Indoor SC

By Futsal Premier League writer Justin Smith