Seven points separate our eight Futsal Premier League Open Men sides as we approach round six of the competition.
There are some tasty fixtures to look at so let’s get into or preview game by game.
Eastern Suburbs Hakoah Futsal Club v UTS Northside Futsal Club; Saturday 21 October, 5:20pm, Heffron Centre
Eastern Suburbs Hakoah will be looking for their first victory at home when they welcome UTS Northside to the Heffron Centre.
After securing their first victory of the season against Boomerangs the week before, Eastern Suburbs Hakoah were perhaps a bit unlucky to not come away with their second victory last weekend against Mascot Vipers.
Yet to taste victory at their new home, there will be a focus on closing things out ahead of this one after letting a 5-2 lead slip last weekend. Jonathan Lynch was good in that one setting up a couple of goals, while Vinicius Costa Janjacomo continues to find the back of the net.
One thing we can almost guarantee ahead of this one is it will be a tight contest with UTS Northside their opposition. Indeed, UTS Northside have proven to be a tough side to break down conceding just over two goals a game so far this season.
They went down in a close one against Enfield Allstars last weekend with Jett Griffiths once again impressing in goals for the visitors. He looks to be a key player for them as the season progresses while they will be looking to improve in front of goal.
Boomerangs FS v Mountain Majik Futsal Club; Saturday 21 October, 5:20pm, Mpowerdome
Boomerangs FS complete a three-game home run when they take on Mountain Majik this weekend.
Having made use of two home games last weekend, Boomerangs FS will be looking to wrap up their home stand with a third victory this weekend against Mountain Majik. Sitting on six points, they are in good position on the table after four games.
Returning to last weekend however, they claimed victory over both Macarthur Quake and Dural Warriors. Both team efforts, Maxx Green was the standout wrapping up the weekend with a last-minute winner over the Warriors.
Despite still holding top spot on the table, last weekend was one to forget for Mountain Majik who took away just one point from a double header weekend in games against Dural Warriors and Mascot Vipers.
They welcomed back Jordan Guerreiro and Jamie Dib from Futsalroos duties in those games so look out for them in this one, Saturday evening.
Dural Warriors v Macarthur Quake Futsal; Saturday 21 October, 5:20pm, The Centre
Both sides will be desperate for a victory when Dural Warriors host Macarthur Quake at the Centre, Saturday afternoon.
Hosts Dural Warriors are chasing their first victory of the season in this one. With three draws in their four fixtures weekend, they are close to it but just struggling to add that finishing touch in front of goals.
It only feels a matter of time to an eventual victory though and they will be welcoming back a few players in coming weeks. Joshua Montgomery and Cameron Philp are two young players who could make a difference here.
This will be the second fixture this week for Macarthur Quake who face Enfield Allstars this coming Thursday night. They come into this one on the back of two convincing defeats, against Mountain Majik and Boomerangs FS.
Last week going down to Boomerangs FS away from home, Alexander Nicolosi scoring a hat trick in the first half before Daniel Goni scored in the second half. However, defense will be the focus ahead of this.
Enfield Allstars v Mascot Vipers; Saturday 21 October, 6:50pm, Morris Iemma Indoor SC
We’re looking forward to this one, Enfield Allstars host Mascot Vipers in a clash between two of the competition’s heavyweights.
Enfield Allstars kickstarted their season with a win in just their second game of the season last weekend. They have had the most fixture affected this season, so they have plenty of chances to jump up the table.
Anyway, back to last weekend, they proved just a bit too good for UTS Northside at home. Futsalroos Shervin Adeli made his return to the Allstars while Dominic Cox and Bruno Pivato were the ones to find the back of the net.
Last weekend was a good one for Mascot Vipers who came away with four points from their two fixtures with strong sides. Staging a remarkable comeback for a point against Hakoah, they carried that momentum with a victory over Mountain Majik a day later.
Two players stood out across both games in Nathan Niski and Thomas Quilligan who played a vital role in both, so they’re worth keeping an eye on for this one.
R3 catch up: Macarthur Quake Futsal v Enfield Allstars will be played Thursday 19 October, 8:30pm at Minto Indoor Sports Centre.
By Justin Smith