Futsal Premier League Open Women’s Round 10 Preview

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With just four weekends to go in the Futsal Premier League Open Women regular season, round 10 sees plenty of intriguing fixtures this Saturday.

Whether it be 2nd against 3rd or a battle to stay in the competition, there is plenty on the line this weekend.

Eastern Suburbs Hakoah Futsal Club v Boomerangs FS; Saturday 18 November, 3:50pm, Heffron Centre

An Important clash for different reasons as Eastern Suburbs Hakoah host Boomerangs FS which could decide who survives in 2023.

Both these sides have struggled to get full rewards for their efforts in recent times with just one win between the two in the past five weekends.

We’ll start with the hosts Eastern Suburbs Hakoah who have just the one point in their past five fixtures. With 7 points from their nine fixtures, semi-finals football looks beyond them this season with five games to go.

Last weekend they tasted defeat to Macarthur Quake, Gisella Pipino starring with a terrific individual performance scoring two goals and picking up just as many assists in the losing effort.

They face a Boomerangs FS who have picked up two results away from home recently. Form wise, they have four points from their last five fixtures which potentially makes them favourites?

It was a busy weekend last time out playing both home and away against Dural Warriors in which they came away with a point for their efforts. Olivia Gurney and Stefanie Lejins both scored a brace across both games.

Dural Warriors v UTS Northside Futsal Club; Saturday 18 November, 3:50pm, The Centre

It’s third up against second as Dural Warriors host UTS Northside at the Centre this weekend.

A complete contrast on the fixture above, both these sides come into this one in good form separated by just a point in the standings.

Dural Warriors for their part are on a long unbeaten streak having last tasted defeat in round four against Mascot Vipers. One point behind their visitors, they could secure a top two spot with victory here.

Last weekend, they took four points from a possible six in their two fixtures with Boomerangs FS. Coach Rob Varela crediting his side with a gutsy win away from home last Sunday with plenty of young players standing up to the occasion.

Like their hosts, UTS Northside will also be full of confidence approaching this one. Our reigning champions have picked up four wins in their past five including three in a row most recently.

They picked up a big win last weekend over Mascot Vipers at the Heffron Centre. Missing Daisy Arrowsmith, they dug deep with an impressive defensive performance capped off with a clean sheet and two Tess Olsen goals.

Mountain Majik Futsal Club v Mascot Vipers; Saturday 18 November, 4:20pm, Valentine Sports Park

A big clash awaits our reigning premiers in Mascot Vipers as they take on Mountain Majik away from home, Saturday afternoon.

The first time these two met saw a free-flowing game of futsal with 11 goals between them so can we expect similar here?

Mountaiin Majik have cemented their reputation of being the leagues entertainers scoring 44 goals in their nine fixtures while leading the competition.

Last weekend, they kept up their scoring ways with a 6-3 victory over Enfield Allstars at their home away from home. Playing well together as a team, Ella Buchanan continued her rich vein of form in that one while as expected Clare Holder is scoring plenty this season.

Mascot Vipers have found themselves jumping in and out of the top four in recent times with an inconsistent run of form. Two points behind Macarthur Quake with a game in hand, a result is important here to stay in touch.

In a frustrating fixture last week, they just couldn’t find a way past Samantha Fulwood in the UTS Northside net being held to a rare clean sheet. Expect to see a response in this one.

Enfield Allstars v Macarthur Quake Futsal; Saturday 18 November, 5:20pm, Morris Iemma Indoor SC

Still chasing their first win of the season, Enfield Allstars host Macarthur Quake at Morris Iemma Indoor SC in the later kick off.

Hosts Enfield Allstars are running out of opportunities for a victory in season 2023. Sitting in last place, performances have been encouraging without getting a reward so far with five games to go.

Last weekend, they were just unable to hold out against the high scoring Mountain Majik who picked up momentum in the middle third of the fixture. In front of goal however, Llara Llorente opened her account for the Allstars with a brace.

On the other hand, Macarthur Quake returned to winning ways after two defeats previous. On 15 points after nine games, they could solidify their position in the top four with a victory here.

Back to last week however and the Quake managed to put seven past Eastern Suburbs Hakoah. Libby Morris and Eliza Pereira both scored braces. While in off pitch news, Alvina Khoshaba also earned a call up to the Junior Matildas once again.

By Justin Smith