Futsal Premier League Open Women’s Round 5 Preview

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There’s plenty to look forward to in round five of the Futsal Premier League Open Women’s competition.

Headlined by Mascot Vipers against Eastern Suburbs Hakoah, there’s plenty for us to look at ahead of the weekend.

Mascot Vipers v Eastern Suburbs Hakoah Futsal Club; Saturday 14 October, 3:50pm, Heffron Centre

Doesn’t this one look good on paper! Mascot Vipers host Eastern Suburbs Hakoah in a highly anticipated clash at the Heffron Centre.

It wouldn’t be a surprise we see this clash more than twice this season. Firstly, we have Mascot Vipers who are showing signs that they will be involved in the post season. Victorious in two of their three games against Dural Warriors and UTS Northside, they could take it up a gear here.

Last weekend, they prevailed over Dural Warriors with goals from Trudy Camilleri and Isabella Woods at crucial moments. Ivana Rozman also contributing with a superb performance in goal.

Eastern Suburbs Hakoah for their part have shaken off a slow start to the season with two victories of their own. Prevailing over Mountain Majik mid last weekend before backing up with a victory over Enfield Allstars and things are looking brighter.

Against Enfield, it was a case of scoring goals early before cruising to victory from there forwards. Tamires Souza and Gisella Pipino adding to their respective goal scoring feats. A tougher challenge awaits them this weekend.

Boomerangs FS v Macarthur Quake Futsal; Saturday 14 October, 3:50pm, Mpowerdome

Macarthur Quake are the next side to make the trip to Canberra as they look to bounce back against the Boomerangs.

The Boomerangs have a 50% percent record so far this season with one victory and one defeat. Their victory came at home a fortnight ago, so they’ll be looking to add another one here as they look to make their home a hard place to play.

Last weekend however, they went down to UTS Northside by a 6-2 margin. They started well in that one but struggled to play catch up after going behind. Jamie Berkeley earning a mention for her efforts.

Round four was a tough one for Macarthur Quake. Chasing the game against a inform Mountain Majik side. The score blew out against them eventually going down 7-0 away from home.

So, they’ll look to bounce back here as they make the long trip down to the nation’s capital. A true test of character, can they turn things around in this one?

Mountain Majik Futsal Club v Dural Warriors; Saturday 14 October, 4:20pm, Valentine Sports Park

Role reversal? A highflying Mountain Majik host Dural Warriors who are chasing their first win of 2023 this weekend.

One of the most important qualities in any team is their ability to bounce back after a defeat and Mountain Majik were able to show just that last weekend. After going down to Eastern Suburbs Hakoah last week, they triumphed over Macarthur Quake on the weekend.

Scoring two goals right before half time set the tone for the Majik who ran away with it in the second half. Ella Buchanan and Olivia Schembri the standouts in the victory. Surprising the competition so far this season, can they keep it going here.

They will have a tough test ahead of them however as Dural Warriors look to secure their first three points of the season. One point from their opening two matches, they cannot afford many more slipups this early in the season if they want to play semi-finals.

Last weekend they were edged out by a strong Mascot Vipers side at home. Samantha Nagy impressing with two goals alongside Szarah Easthope, Emma Hurley and Rachel Perrins.

Enfield Allstars v UTS Northside Futsal Club; Saturday 14 October, 5:20pm, Morris Iemma Indoor SC

UTS Northside will be wanting to make a statement in their first away game of the season against the winless Enfield Allstars.

If there’s on thing we are guaranteed when Enfield Allstars take the pitch, its goals. Unfortunately though, a lot of them have come at the wrong end of the field which has made winning pretty difficult.

Last weekend, they were on the wrong end of a lobsided scoreline conceding 13 goals against Eastern Suburbs Hakoah while scoring five. If we are to pick out attacking threat, Kathryn Mladineo has proven a regular goal threat.

Their opponents UTS Northside kickstarted their own season last weekend with a victory over Boomerangs. One win, one draw and a defeat from their three games, they’ll be searching for consistency on the pitch.

Last weekend it was Daisy Arrowsmith who stepped up with a hattrick while Grace Arnold and Tess Olsen also impressed. A victory here will give them confidence with 7 straight away games (not including rescheduled fixtures).

By Justin Smith