Round 10 Preview – Futsal Premier League Open Men’s


It’s a case of not knowing where to look as the Futsal Premier League Open Men’s season powers onto round 10.

Seven teams don’t go into four so as such, there’s some pretty crucial games this round. Enfield Allstars host Inner West in the only derby you should be paying attention too, Saturday night. While there’s four points separating 3rd from 7th. Game on!

Mascot Vipers v Dural Warriors; Saturday 12 November, 5:30pm, PCYC Hawkesbury

In line with a big set off fixtures this weekend, Mascot Vipers will host Dural Warriors knowing that a Dural win would see them jump them.

The Vipers have seemingly hit form at the right moment with two straight wins against Eastern Suburbs Hakoah and UTS Northside. Crucial to that has been the refreshing of the squad with both Bruno Mendes (Hakoah game) and Konstantinos Tsournakakis (UTS game) coming into the squad after layoffs. While it would be foolish to not keep an eye on Ethan De Melo who also put in an impressive performance last week.

It’s almost like another home game? Dural Warriors knew the task heading into last weekends fixture with Enfield Allstars and it pretty much stays the same for this one. Last week, they were just the second side to beat the Allstars and scoring nine goals, they did it in style. Look out for Tallon Zahra and Jacob Basden who contributed a combined five goals to that victory, Zahra with the hattrick. With a good record against the top four, they’ll be confident heading into this one.

Previous Meeting: Dural Warriors 4-3 Mascot Vipers

Campbelltown City Quake Futsal Club v Eastern Suburbs Hakoah Futsal Club; Saturday 12 November, 5:30pm, Minto Indoor Sports Centre

Eastern Suburbs Hakoah will be looking for back-to-back wins when they travel to face Campbelltown City Quake in Sydney’s South West.

Let’s start with the visitors for a change. They secured an important win over Mountain Majik in round nine, a win which sees them keep touch with the top four. Conceding early, they had a good middle period of the game which saw them jump out to a four-goal lead. Emmanuel Tzanakes claimed a brace but with six different goal scorers, they will come into this one confident of their scoring prowess as they look for back-to-back wins for the first time since round three.

It looks a tough task for Campbelltown City Quake who have been ravaged by injuries in the first half of the season. Last weekend, they fought valiantly against Inner West but came up short. Richard Shoueiki and Jaidyn Dunn both found the net while goalkeeper Liam Polinsky earned praise from his opposition with some good saves. Building for the future, they’ll be looking for consistent improvement as this season comes to an end.

Previous Meeting: Eastern Suburbs Hakoah 5-1 Campbelltown City Quake.

Enfield Allstars v Inner West Futsal Club; Saturday 12 November, 6:50pm, Morris Iemma Indoor SC

It’s a game which needs no introduction. Top of the table Enfield Allstars host second placed Inner West Futsal Club in a true Sydney derby, Saturday night.

The Allstars come into this one having tasted defeat for the first time since round three against you guessed it. They ran into a Dural Warriors outfit who were very much fighting for survival at the Centre. Dominic Cox comes into this one on quite the scoring run across five games as he has a friendly battle with Shervin Adeli for the club’s golden boot. It’s a derby so they’ll need no motivation, particularly after tasting defeat in the first one in round three.

Their opponents this weekend actually suffered a similar fate a few weeks ago. They however have bounced back from it with two straight victories over Mountain Majik and Campbelltown City Quake. Yeah, Inner West have won seven of their last eight matches while scoring a season high eight goals last weekend. Jamal Belkadi starred last weekend and if they match their victory the first-time round, they’ll go top.

It’s derby day and it’s a big one, get out there if you can!

Previous Meeting: Inner West 4-1 Enfield Allstars

Mountain Majik Futsal Club v UTS Northside Futsal Club; Saturday 12 November, 7:20pm, Valentine Sports Park

There’s a lot on the line when two last start losers face each other with Mountain Majik hosting UTS Northside.

We’re in unknown territory as the Mountain Majik approach this fixture. Coming in off back-to-back losses for the first time this season, it’s important that doesn’t stretch out to three here. Last weekend they were pretty much their own worst enemy in the first half which left them with too much to do in the second. That being said, Aaron Cimitile is a player to watch having scored a brace with a goal in each half.

Last weekend’s defeat saw the competition close in on UTS Northside who could find themselves anywhere from third to sixth at the conclusion of the weekend. One thing we do know though is they have the ability to bounce back. Last weekend saw a disappointing second half performance against the Vipers conceding three goals before scoring one of their own. So you can be pretty sure they’ll want to improve defensively for this one.

Previous Meeting: UTS Northside 0-2 Mountain Majik

By Justin Smith