Futsal Premier League Open Women’s Round 7 Preview

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It’s a bumper weekend in the Futsal Premier League Open Women competition with six fixtures taking place as we reach round seven of the competition.

Yes, four teams have a round one catch up to cap off their weekend Sunday afternoon, a good opportunity to capture some momentum ahead of the second half of the season.

Dural Warriors v Eastern Suburbs Hakoah Futsal Club; Saturday 28 October, 3:50pm, The Centre Dural

Two home games in as many days this weekend gives Dural Warriors the chance to catapult themselves up the table. They have found form in recent weeks and will be confident going into a big weekend.

Looking back at last week though, they edged their contest against Campbelltown City Quake with Samantha Nagy scoring their decisive goal in the final ten minutes. While once again custodian Sarah Easthope impressed in goal.

On the other hand, Eastern Suburbs Hakoah have lost their past two games. They sit just below their hosts this weekend on the table and it’s almost a must win for them considering they have played two more games.

They struggled last weekend against UTS Northside going down 6-2 at home. Keeping things close in the first half, the depth of their opponents eventually proved the difference.

Mascot Vipers v Macarthur Quake Futsal; Saturday 28 October, 3:50pm, Heffron Centre

The first of our top two showdowns this weekend, third placed Mascot Vipers host Macarthur Quake at the Heffron Centre.

Seven points from their last three games, Mascot Vipers are one of the form sides in the competition. Sitting in third position, they only have one blemish on their record so far this season.

Last weekend, they were involved in a high scoring draw against a much-improved Enfield Allstars side in which they saw a two-goal lead slip. Ivana Rozman once again impressed for the Vipers in goal denying the Allstars the chance to win it.

Their opponents Macarthur Quake were left wondering how they didn’t walk away with something against the Dural Warriors. Sitting on nine points, they are in fourth place after five games ahead of a big weekend.

One of the most important players in that game was Brianna Clarke in goal. She made several crucial saves to keep them in the fixture, further cementing herself as one of the best keepers in the division.

Mountain Majik Futsal Club v UTS Northside Futsal Club; Saturday 28 October, 4:20pm, Valentine Sports Park

A top of the table clash to round out the first half of the season, sounds good right? As such Mountain Majik host UTS Northside this weekend.

Mountain Majik have perhaps been the surprise packet of the first half of the season. Sitting with four victories in the first six games, they find themselves top, a stark change from their fortunes last campaign.

Last weekend they secured another victory over Boomerangs FS away from home. Pene Bonovas scored a brace in that one but it was the performances of Olivia Schembri and Ella Buchanan which drew plaudits from coach Julian Lam.

It will be far from easy for UTS Northside who showed ominous form last weekend against Eastern Suburbs Hakoah. With the second-best defense in the competition, they have scored 20 goals in the past three weeks.

A true team performance across the board there were many standouts in the victory with Daisy Arrowsmith, Grace Arnold, Halle Smit and Emily Bastow all impressing on the pitch.

Enfield Allstars v Boomerangs FS; Saturday 28 October, 5:20pm, Morris Iemma Indoor SC

It’s a new look for Enfield Allstars approaching the second half of the season and as such they need to be shown a new level of respect. Coming back to draw with Mascot Vipers last weekend, it was a signal of intent going forward.

They have six new faces to the side who have featured in the past two weeks including Erin Jones, Leahz De Oliveira, Carla Abou-Haidar and Estelle Fragale as well as Te Reremoana Walker and Jordan Jasnos.

Boomerangs FS have shown improvement week to week in recent times and will be looking to this one for a result. Sitting second last with just one victory, they will be looking to generate some momentum here with two games to make up.

Last weekend they went down to Mountain Majik at home, once again taking the lead before being denied late. It won’t be easy, but they stand a chance at getting a result here.

R1: UTS Northside Futsal Club v Macarthur Quake Futsal; Sunday 29 October, 4:30pm, Valentine Sports Park

R1: Dural Warriors v Enfield Allstars; Sunday 29 October, 5:10pm, The Centre Dural

By Justin Smith