Futsal Premier League Open Women’s Round 14 Preview
After a hard-fought season, the fate of teams in the Futsal Premier League Open Women competition is yet to be decided going into round 14.
The top four meet each other, while elsewhere Dural Warriors will be aiming to break into the top four. It’s a big weekend ahead so let’s look at the equation for our sides.
Eastern Suburbs Hakoah Futsal Club v Dural Warriors; Saturday 9 December, 3:50pm, Heffron Centre
Two sides in need of a victory for different reasons, Eastern Suburbs Hakoah host Dural Warriors at the Heffron Centre.
For Eastern Suburbs Hakoah, they need a result in the race for survival in the club championship. Sitting five points above Boomerangs FS there, a first win in four games would be a big result for he club.
Last weekend was a frustrating one for them, going down heavily to Mascot Vipers last Saturday before being denied three points the next day as UTS Northside staged a comeback. Gisella Pipino was the standout for them while Aurelia Collins made her return from injury.
The equation is simple for Dural Warriors on the other hand. Win and they stand a chance of playing semi-finals, anything else and it’s unfortunately season over for Rob Varela’s side.
Last weekend was another frustrating one for the Warriors drawing two games with the same scoreline against Macarthur Quake and Mountain Majik. Missing 4 senior players, Kayla Osborn scored two goals across the weekend while Sarah Easthope was crucial particularly against the Quake.
Boomerangs FS v Enfield Allstars; Saturday 9 December, 3:50pm, Mpowerdome
Boomerangs and Enfield Allstars will look to end their season on a positive with the hosts chasing crucial club championship points.
Another team desperately trying to avoid relegation are Boomerangs FS. Sitting in sixth position on the table, a win here would go a long way towards achieving just that.
Last weekend was a tough one for Kristian Collin’s side who went down by a single goal to both Macarthur Quake and Mountain Majik away from home. Saturday saw a good individual performance from Elke Aitolu while Sunday saw Jada Lamond, Dianne Wilson and Stefanie Lejins do well.
It’s the last chance for Enfield Allstars to pick up a victory this season having gone close on three separate occasions in their last five games.
Last weekend, they once again went close against UTS Northside on the Saturday going down 2-1 before struggling the next day against Mascot Vipers with that game brought to a premature halt due to a serious injury.
Macarthur Quake Futsal v Mascot Vipers; Saturday 9 December, 3:50pm, Minto Indoor Sports Centre
Yes, the competition is going all out to finish the season with third placed Macarthur Quake taking on Mascot Vipers, Saturday afternoon.
This one will go a long way to deciding who gets through to the finals next weekend. Macarthur Quake are perhaps the team most at threat if Dural Warriors were to win their game for goal difference reasons.
Last weekend they took away four points from a possible six, picking up an important victory over Boomerangs FS. Alvina Khoshaba deserves to be mentioned here as she has hit a rich vein of form. While I promised I would correct a dribl mistake and credit Sophia Brokenshire with another goal on the weekend.
Their opposition Mascot Vipers are in ominous form after a free-scoring double header weekend with 15 goals in just under two games. On 23 points, any sort of result should be enough for them to secure a semi-finals position.
Kicking off the weekend with a 9-3 victory over Eastern Suburbs Hakoah, Maryam Mostaghimi scored six goals in that one before backing up with two goals 24 hours later. While Mikayla Duong returned on Sunday to score a brace.
UTS Northside Futsal Club v Mountain Majik Futsal Club; Saturday 9 December, 4:15pm, PCYC Dee Why
Finishing the season in style, UTS Northside host Mountain Majik in a top of the table clash at PCYC Northern Beaches.
This one will decide the premiership this season with the visitors holding a two-point lead going into the final round. The challengers UTS Northside will need a victory in this one to secure the trophy.
Last weekend they secured four points from a possible six emerging victorious from their fixture with Enfield Allstars, before they came from behind to draw with Eastern Suburbs Hakoah. The trio of Leah Burton, Daisy Arrowsmith and Maddie Caspers stood out on the pitch in those two games.
These two sides switched positions for a period of 24 hours yesterday, with a round 13 victory for Mountain Majik returning them to the top of the table. Two points above UTS Northside, they sit two points above their opponents so a win should be enough.
They will be without Clare Holder in this one however who was given a red card in the victory over Boomerangs. While the youthful duo of Alyssa Mckenzie and Halle Thomas have stepped up to first grade and haven’t looked out of place.
By Justin Smith