While round three was a chance for every team to take to the pitch for the first time, Round four stands as an opportunity to build momentum this weekend in the Futsal Premier League Open Women’s competition.
Let’s take a look at the games ahead of us.
Dural Warriors v Mascot Vipers; Saturday 7 October, 3:50pm, The Centre Dural
Dural Warriors host their first game of the season as they chase their first win against Mascot Vipers.
After a later start to the season than others, a point was a good result for Dural Warriors last weekend against UTS Northside in round three action.
Standing out in that one were the duo of Rachel Perrins and Sarah Easthope. Perrins leading their efforts in attack, while Sarah Easthope was crucial to the result with her shot stopping abilities. This was the only fixture they lost at home last season, will that motivate them to a victory here?
They come up against a Mascot Vipers side who will be ready to prove a point after a disappointing result last weekend. Against Mountain Majik, they were off the boil and paid the price despite a promising start to the second half.
Mikayla Duong made her return to the side in that one, while Sarah Moore led their attack with a brace.
Eastern Suburbs Hakoah Futsal Club v Enfield Allstars; Saturday 7 October, 3:50pm, Heffron Centre
Eastern Suburbs Hakoah will be closer to full strength when they host Enfield Allstars at the Heffron Centre.
It’s hard to come to any assessment of Eastern Suburbs Hakoah after last weekend. The first side to make the trip to Canberra, they were under strength against the Boomerangs.
Still, they put in a brave effort with Aurelia Collins and Gisella Pipino the standouts. Yet to claim a victory in season 2023, they’ll want to open their account here.
Their opponents Enfield Allstars will be looking to respond from a hefty round three defeat last weekend. Up against the Quake, it was an uphill task for the Allstars conceding six goals to their more fancied opponents.
In truth, it could have been more if not for the efforts of Ashley Purcell and Kathryn Mladineo who limited the damage.
Mountain Majik Futsal Club v Macarthur Quake Futsal; Saturday 7 October, 3:30pm, Valentine Sports Park
Mountain Majik host Macarthur Quake in a big fixture at Valentine Sports Park this weekend.
A short turnaround gives Mountain Majik the perfect opportunity to bounce back after their first defeat last night at time of writing. With two victories in their past three, they have shown plenty of improvement of late.
In terms of their goal threat, Chelsea Barton scored a hat-trick in their round one catch up with Hakoah. So, she will be worth keeping an eye on in this one.
Not an easy task though as Macarthur Quake have had a flying start to the season with two victories of their own. Backing up from a victory against Hakoah, they were dominant in victory over Enfield Allstars.
Tea Mucenski and Alvina Khoshaba have started the season in good form, while Linda Ludek and Eliza Pereira proved their worth against the Allstars. A fascinating fixture awaits with both sides looking for their third win of the season.
UTS Northside Futsal Club v Boomerangs FS; Saturday 7 October, 4:15pm, PCYC Dee Why
UTS Northside host Boomerangs FS with both sides chasing their second win of the season at PCYC Northern Beaches.
It’s been a mixed run of results for UTS Northside to start their season. In their opening two games, they have lost to Mascot Vipers and drawn with Dural Warriors last weekend at this venue.
So a win here is of importance in a competitive 2023 competition. Daisy Arrowsmith picked up a goal last weekend and Halle Smit also impressed in that one. Will this be the weekend in which they pick up their first win?
They come up against a Boomerangs FS side who got their first minutes in the legs last weekend. With some players returning to the court for the first time in a while, while others make a transition to the level, three points against Hakoah were valuable last weekend.
And it’s safe to say you will be reading/hearing about of Dianne Wilson as well as Natalie and Stella De Marco who look to be the ones to watch this season.
By Justin Smith