Futsal Premier League Open Men’s Round 7 Preview
Five teams are within a point of each other in the Futsal Premier League Open Men competition, so if there’s one thing we can guarantee it’s hard fought action in round seven this weekend.
Dural Warriors v Eastern Suburbs Hakoah Futsal Club; Saturday 28 October, 5:20pm, The Centre Dural
Two round six winners face off when Dural Warriors host Eastern Suburbs Hakoah this Saturday evening.
Dural Warriors will be coming into this one in a good mood after securing their first victory of the season last weekend. Just one defeat this season, they have proven they are hard to beat and took the next step last weekend.
Key to that was the efforts of Wade Giovenali who came up big late on. While Ahmed Sweedan and Joshua Montgomery also proved important in the victory over Macarthur Quake.
Eastern Suburbs Hakoah were able to reverse their recent fortunes with a victory over UTS Northside last weekend. The victim of a few late comebacks, they were able to turn it around in a positive fashion at the Heffron Centre.
James Reed and Samuel Tzanakes both scored braces, Tzanakes with the winning goal inside the final two minutes.
Mascot Vipers v Macarthur Quake Futsal; Saturday 28 October, 5:20pm, Heffron Centre
Our only undefeated side in the competition Mascot Vipers host Macarthur Quake at the Heffron Centre.
Back-to-back victories have allowed the Mascot Vipers to extend the gap over teams behind them in second position. Prevailing over Mountain Majik and Enfield Allstars, they now have a chance to go top with an upcoming game in hand.
Returning to last week however, it was Ethan De Melo who was the difference with a hattrick against the Allstars. They will be without Daniel Fornito who was given a red card last weekend.
They face a Macarthur Quake side who could well take the next step here if they are underestimated. Despite losing four games in a row, they have scored 18 goals in said games, now defense will be a focus in the second half of the season.
Indeed, you aren’t going to win many games when you have conceded 42 goals in six games so their will be a focus on tightening up. While Alexander Nicolosi is a threat going forward.
Mountain Majik Futsal Club v UTS Northside Futsal Club; Saturday 28 October, 5:50pm, Valentine Sports Park
Another top three battle awaits us this weekend as Mountain Majik host UTS Northside at Valentine Sports Park.
Yes, leading the competition in both the Open categories this season are Mountain Majik. With four wins and a draw in their opening six fixtures, they are looking good for a semi-final tilt.
Last weekend they got a victory from a game they weren’t at their best for, a welcome boost having dropped points in the two games previous. Four different goal scorers giving them the comeback victory down in the nation’s capital.
UTS Northside sit six points behind their hosts having played the same number of games. So, they have some catching up to do as they look to cling onto a spot in the top four.
In their defeat against Eastern Suburbs Hakoah in round six, they were close but not close enough with Hakoah mounting a late comeback. Samuel Hillyer and Eddie Caspers singled out as their best on the pitch in that one showing maturity beyond their age.
Enfield Allstars v Boomerangs FS; Saturday 28 October, 6:50pm, Morris Iemma Indoor SC
It was a mixed weekend for Enfield Allstars last time out. A win and a draw from two fixtures across three days has them sitting in 6th position. However, that could change with a few results this weekend.
Welcoming back Shervin Adeli and Luiz Lobo in recent times, they will certainly be a chance of rising up the table come this time next week. Plenty to look out for here, they will certainly be a handful in both games this weekend.
They face a Boomerangs FS side who will be wanting to bounce back after a home defeat last weekend. Sitting in a crowded midtable, this is a chance for them to surprise one of the heavyweights of the competition.
Anyway, back to last week. Ben Basser Silk was perhaps their best player on the pitch, while Elle Darwich and Maxx Green also got a mention for their efforts against Mountain Majik in a close one.
R1: Dural Warriors v Enfield Allstars; Sunday 29 October, 6:40pm, The Centre Dural
By Justin Smith