Futsal Premier League Open Men’s Round 2 Preview


Round two of the Futsal Premier League Open Men’s competition should bring with it the first full set of fixtures as teams look to settle into their rhythm or take to the pitch for the first time.

Eastern Suburbs Hakoah Futsal Club v Macarthur Quake Futsal; Saturday 23 September, 5:20pm, Heffron Centre

Having both tasted defeat in round one of the competition, Eastern Suburbs Hakoah and Macarthur Quake will be looking for their first win of the season this weekend.

So close but so far, Eastern Suburbs Hakoah were part of a high-quality demonstration of futsal in round one. Going down 5-3 to Mountain Majik in a back-and-forth fixture, their loss came down to a few moments where they switched off more than anything else.

Keeper Eliezer De Faria put in an impressive performance before his red card, while the trio of James Reed, Emmanuel Tzanakes and Vinicius Costa Janjacomo all scored for them. It’s their first competitive game on their home pitch, so they’ll want to make a statement here.

Maybe the scoreline wasn’t a fair reflection on the performance of the Macarthur Quake last weekend. Against UTS Northside, they didn’t find their clinical touch in front of goal and were punished ruthlessly by their opponents.

Goal scorer Lury Dorneles was singled out as a threat going forward so keep an eye out for him. If they find that clinical touch, they could well score a victory here in this one. While a player we were told to watch out for also found the back of the net in Saharat Sae-Tang.

We’ll be at this one, so there’ll be a full report for you in our review this Sunday.

Boomerangs FS v Dural Warriors; Saturday 23 September, 5:20pm, Mpowerdome

Both Boomerangs FS and Dural Warriors kick off their season at the Mpowerdome, Saturday afternoon.

Returning to the division, Boomerangs will kick off their season at home. Coached by Nick Van Aalst, they know home games will be important for their season.

It’s a familiar looking side to those who followed the Futsal Premier League 2 season last year with a few additions to compliment the squad. A season in which they made it to the grand final of that competition. Can they repeat that feat in the top tier?

With a young squad and a goal of improving on their 2022 effort, this will be our first look at Dural Warriors in 2023. Coached by Rob Varela this season, they have a mix of youth and experience on the pitch which they’ll be hoping helps them here.

Look out for the experienced trio of Blake Rosier, Andrew Luttringer and Wade Giovenali to set the tone in this one.

UTS Northside Futsal Club v Mascot Vipers; Saturday 23 September, 6:05pm, PCYC Dee Why

After a comprehensive round one victory, UTS Northside face a potentially tougher test in Mascot Vipers in round two action.

Yes, it was as comprehensive as it gets in round one for UTS Northside who proved too strong for the Quake. Continuing their form which saw them finish in the semi-finals last season, they particularly were strong in transition overcoming their visitors.

Grant Lynch led the way with a round one hattrick, while Michael Borg was singled out for an excellent performance in 1v1 situations. While Jett Griffiths put in a good performance in between the sticks.

Mascot Vipers believe they can go one better in 2023 and this will be their first chance to prove it against a side they narrowly defeated in the finals last season.

Ethan De Melo will be coming into this having been selected for the latest Futsalroos squad to take on the Asian qualifiers so keep an eye out for him.

Enfield Allstars v Mountain Majik Futsal Club; Saturday 23 September, 6:50pm, Morris Iemma Indoor SC

Finally, another side kicking off their season in Enfield Allstars host round one victors Mountain Majik at Morris Iemma Indoor SC.

Another side who are taking to the pitch for the first time this season are Enfield Allstars. After missing the finals last season, they will look to bounce back in all-star fashion.

Possessing three players destined for Futsalroo duty in a few weeks, they will want to start their season well in this one.

Their opponents Mountain Majik put together an impressive team performance last weekend in a thriller with Eastern Suburbs Hakoah. They both started and finished the game strong with everyone on the pitch contributing.

Goalscoring wise, Jordan Guerrerio scored a brace while Christopher Barbera, Alexander Vlismas and Connor Hewit also found the back of the net.

By Justin Smith