Round 8 Review – Futsal Premier League 2 Open Women’s


Round 8 in the Futsal Premier League 2 Open Womens competition was another display of the wonderful futsal action which has become the standard this season. There were wins for Boomerangs FS, South Coast Taipans, SD Raiders Futsal and Sydney Futsal Club on Saturday. Let’s get onto the review!

Raiders Futsal Club 2 defeated by SD Raiders Futsal 3

SD Raiders Futsal took out a closely fought contest 3-2 against Raiders Futsal Club at Thomas Hassell Anglican College on Saturday afternoon.

Raiders Futsal Club were on the losing side but it was a fantastic display from their keeper Jasmine Crouch to deny the SD Raiders Futsal attack. Nyssa Castillo fired home either side of half-time for their goals.

This win moves SD Raiders Futsal into equal fourth in the FPL2 Open Womens competition and a real shot to play finals. Sarah Mandile opened the scoring before a wonderful solo goal from Ashlie Crofts and a Paulina Labra strike confirmed the points.

The opening of the game was a closely fought encounter between two sides that match up well with the first salvos coming from SD Raiders Futsal who couldn’t fire off a shot.

Raiders Futsal Club had the first effort of the game. Jessica Burke chased a shot which was deflected by SD Raiders Futsal custodian Caitlin Britton then blocked away by the defence.

SD Raiders Futsal started to fight their footing in the game and this time, Raiders Futsal Club’s keeper Jasmine Crouch was forced into action with a fantastic double save to keep it at 0-0.

It was the visitors who were the first on the scoresheet through Sarah Mandile. It was started by Paulina Labra who started the counter then squared the ball to Mandile for the finish, 1-0.

The hosts continued to pepper Britton with shots but it took a while to find the equaliser. Nyssa Castillo fired home just before half-time after a weaved run from Gemma Morgan to make it 1-1.

SD Raiders Futsal took the lead again just after the breakthrough Labra. Ashlie Crofts threaded through a pinpoint pass to Labra who rolled the ball home to make it 2-1.

Crofts turned from architect to striker to stretch SD Raiders Futsal advantage to 3-1. She took the ball from her own half and weaved past the Raiders Futsal Club defence to smash home.

Raiders Futsal Club set up a grandstand finish when Castillo made it double delight when she capitalised on an errant pass to sweep home and make it 3-2.

Buoyed by their goal, Raiders Futsal Club pushed forward for an equaliser but were met by a dogged SD Raiders Futsal defence who refused to have their goal breached.

It was a wonderful performance from SD Raiders Futsal custodian Britton who made some huge saves across the whole game and including the final few minutes to hold onto a huge three points for the visitors.

Huge thanks to Dominic Criniti for his help in compiling this report.


Thomas Hassell Anglican College

Raiders Futsal Club 2 (Castillo 2)

SD Raiders Futsal 3 (Mandile, Labra, Crofts)

Raiders Futsal Club: 1. CROUCH Jasmine, 3. CASTILLO Nyssa, 6. SMYTH Ellie, 8. MORGAN Gemma, 9. EL AZAR Eleni, 13. FLINT Stevie, 21. BURKE Jessica, 36. BURKE Olivia

Yellow cards: Castillo

Red cards: nil

SD Raiders Futsal: 5. LABRA Paulina, 6. BRITTON Caitlin, 8. CROFTS Ashlie, 11. TOPALIDIS Elena, 12. BROMFIELD Georgia, 13. TOUR Stephanie, 14. MANDILE Sarah

Yellow cards: nil

Red cards: nil

Boomerangs FS 6 defeated West City Crusaders 1

Leaders Boomerangs FS continue their form with a 6-1 win over West City Crusaders at the MPowerdome on Saturday afternoon.

Boomerangs FS hold a two-point lead at the summit of the FPL2 Open Womens competition and will be a tough side to defeat. Ayla Robertson fired home a first half brace which helped the hosts to a 4-1 lead at the break.

The other goal scorers for Boomerangs FS were Stella De Marco who was the first to fire home while Rachael Corbett, Dianne Wilson and Alex McKenzie found the back of the net. Saturday’s win was their sixth win of the campaign.

It was a tough trip down to the nation’s capital for West City Crusaders and fell to a rare multi-goal loss in the competition. Their only goal scorer was Holly Williams who fired home her seventh goal of the season in six games.

Phoenix Futsal Club 1 defeated by Sydney Futsal Club 2

Sydney Futsal Club got a much needed win in their 2-1 win against Phoenix Futsal Club at The Centre – Dural on Saturday afternoon.

It was Sydney Futsal Club’s first three points since early October and moves them within a point of the top four in the competition. Isabella Hopkins opened the scoring before an own goal from the hosts secured the win.

For Phoenix Futsal Club, it was their fourth straight loss and they remain in eighth place in the FPL2 Open Mens competition. Emma Ingerson equalised for the hosts in the second half but a late goal sealed their fate.

South Coast Taipans 4 defeated Sydney City Eagles 3

Rounding off the weekend, South Coast Taipans defeated Sydney City Eagles 4-3 in a pulsating contest at Illawarra Hockey Centre.

The Taipans were in firm control of the contest but some late goals gave them some improvements to strive towards next weekend. Lulu Lozano fired home a brace while Ashley Kotevski opened the scoring and Helena Halios-Lewis also found the back of the net.

Sydney City Eagles battled hard and kept working throughout the whole keeper. Custodian Isabella Sollecito made some fantastic saves to keep them in the game. Christa Oliva rolled home a pair of goals with Sofia Sollecito was the other goal scorer.

By Justin Davies (@JustDavies90)