Category: Futsal Cup

Futsal Cup Final 2019

The final of the Football NSW Futsal Cup promises to be an exciting match between two very closely matched teams.

Mountain Majik
Barbera, Brackenrig, Dib, Fraser, Guerreiro, Holder, Muzzarelli, Nisbet, Polinsky, Purves, Sepping, Tran, Vlismas, Wetney

Boomerangs FS
Basser-Silk, Ciminelli, Darwich, Giovinazzo, Hook, James-Ward, Jurak, Manalo, Noack, Quarmby, Rathjen, Rinaudo, Sorenson, Van Aalst

Whilst both teams have not had the level of success they would have been hoping for in the Premier League 1 competition (although Majik could still scrape into a finals berth with one round to play), they have both managed to not lose a mid-week cup match.

Both clubs have had relative success in previous editions of the Cup – each making it to a semi-final, however, this match sees both teams in their maiden final.

Path to the Final
Both teams have had a favourable draw – missing out on early tough match-ups against the heavy hitters of the PL1 competition and having to face off against a single PL1 opponent each to get through to the final.

Majik
Round of 16: Majik 8 – 0 L.A. All Blacks (qualifier)
Quarter Final: Majik 7 – 3 South Coast Taipans
Semi-Final: Majik 4 – 2 UTS Northside

The big win for the Majik was their tough semi-final against UTS Northside – a top-four team from the PL1.

Boomerangs FS
Round of 16: Boomerangs 4 – 1 Phoenix Futsal
Quarter Final: Boomerangs 2 – 0 Enfield Allstars
Semi-Final: Boomerangs 3 – 2 Sydney City Eagles

The tough match for the Boomerangs in their qualifiers was the Golden Goal extra-time win against PL2 club, Sydney City Eagles, coming back from conceding two early goals.

Key Players
For the Majik, there is no player more important than Jordan Guerrero. Guerrero is the fulcrum of their offence, the leading goal scorer and the hardest working defender on the Majik roster. Goal scoring threats however, will be more widespread and will also come from Muzzarelli, Barbera, Vlismas and Dib.

The strength of the Boomerangs squad in 2019 is that it has no key player or stand out contributor. Goal scoring has been evenly spread across players and defensively there are no weak substitutes. Watch out for fast breaks from Rinaudo, inside goals from Rathjen, James-Ward and Ciminelli, a back post tap in from Quarmby, a power outside shot from Hook, an adrenaline-fuelled game-breaker from Basser (who lifts for important matches at VP), or a freakish bit of individual play from Darwich.

And, if the game is close at the end (as it is likely to be), the Boomerangs are well-drilled in both implementing and defending fifth-man power plays.

The Key
This season has seen the teams split results with both winning their home games – the most recent this past weekend going to the Boomerangs 3-1.

Over the years, whenever these teams have gone head-to-head, the results have been close and often unpredictable.

The two advantages the Boomerangs men have are that they do not rely on one player for goal scoring, passing/assists and defensive effort and they have a strong depth of open age players – the winning play can come from any of their fourteen.

Majik, on the other hand, do rely more on a key player, and while they have a core group (nine or ten) of senior players that are skilful and talented, they may tire as the match progresses. A deeper Boomerangs bench may well be telling as a fast match is anticipated.

Prediction: A close and enthralling match

UPDATE: Post Match Review
Well, there wasn’t much that went right for the Boomerangs men in this match. And that was mostly down to the energy and enthusiasm and stronger desire to win from the Majik team. Right from the first whistle, they were faster, cleaner and more intense and it paid off in spades.

They were also motivated by the loss to the Boomerangs men just a few days earlier which effectively knocked them out of finals contention in the Premier League.

They had a plan, and they delivered it in spades – they were certainly the better team on the night. The Boomerangs club congratulates them on their success.

A bonus for the long weekday trip to Sydney was watching the women’s final between Inner West Magic and Raiders Futsal (PL2). The match was played at a very high quality, and at a million miles an hour. Both goalkeepers performed brilliantly. In the end, it was a deflection off a defender which brought about the only goal to the match – to Magic. Check it out on the FNSW Facebook page if you haven’t yet seen it.

FNSW Futsal Cup Round of 16

The first match of the 2019 FNSW, Indoor 5s Futsal Cup for the Boomerangs was a match up for both the men’s and women’s teams against Phoenix Futsal (PL2).

The Boomerangs men’s and women’s teams have generally had close matches against Phoenix in regular competition over the years, however, in the 2018-19 PL2 season the Phoenix men defeated the Boomerangs both at home and away. For the women, it was a different story as the Boomers dominated both matchups in the 18-19 season scoring 17 goals across the two matches.

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FNSW Futsal Cup Quarter Final

After defeating Raiders Futsal in the Round of 16, the 2018 FNSW Futsal Cup draw had the Boomerangs senior men’s side scheduled to take on Dural Warriors in the Quarter Finals on 14 November 2018.

Dural Warriors had defeated Eastern Suburbs Hakoah in the opening round to progress to the final eight and had been in some solid form so far this season, dropping only five competition points (one loss, one draw) in the FNSW PL1 competition across the first half of the season to sit on top of the league ladder.

Dural has traditionally been a strong PL1 men’s team and is usually littered with Australian representative players. They are also coached by the most recent Australian Futsalroos coach.

Over the years – both in PL1 and in the F-League – it would be fair to say that Dural has had the best of matchups against Boomerangs men’s team, however, on nearly all occasions the matches are close, tight and entertaining tussles, where high-quality futsal is played.

This match was no different, with the travelling Boomerangs (with players having driven three hours to Valentine Park after a day’s work or schooling) starting the match strongly and having the best of the first five or so minutes of the match. However, as Dural settled into their rhythm, they ‘owned’ the ball far more than the Boomerangs and were camped for much of the remainder of the first half in their offensive end.

The Boomerangs men defended extremely well, with their team hussle-defence working well with each player supporting others. A 0-0 half-time score representing the fine work they did in protecting their goals.

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FNSW Futsal Cup Round of 16

The 2018 FNSW Futsal Cup draw had both Boomerangs senior men’s and women’s teams scheduled to take on Raiders Futsal in the Round of 16 on 23 October 2018.

Raiders v Boomerangs FS Women
The women’s match kicked off proceedings at 7 pm with a close to full-strength women’s team heading up the Hume Highway late Tuesday afternoon. After their weekend league result (9-1 victory) over Sydney City Eagles fresh on their mind, the ladies were chock-full of confidence. The earlier clash between Boomerangs and Raiders in Round 1 of the PL2 competition saw the Boomerangs prevail 3-1.

The Raiders though thought nothing of the form guide and hit the court full of vigour and determination. The match was evenly-poised a minute from half-time at one goal apiece, however, two quick goals before the break swung the momentum back in Raiders favour.

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FNSW Indoor 5s Futsal Cup

This season, Boomerangs FS have entered their open men’s and women’s teams into the inaugural Football NSW Futsal Cup competition, being run in conjunction with Indoor 5’s Futsal Inc.

The men have a first-up match on Wednesday, November 1 against UNSW FC Futsal at Valentine Park. The women drew a bye in the first round and will play their first match on November 21.

This is a mid-week competition, with all matches being played at Valentine Park, Glenwood (from 6.30pm onwards).

Boomerangs FS congratulates Football NSW and Indoor 5s Futsal for supporting this concept and look forward to competing against all comers. For further information on the Futsal Cup competition, head to https://footballnsw.com.au/competitions/futsal-cup/.