Category: Match Report

Women’s AFCC 2020

Boomerangs FS were invited to participate in the inaugural Women’s Australian Futsal Club Championship taking place in Sydney (Valentine Park) from January 31 to February 2.

A men’s version of this competition was played in September 2019.

The club assembled a strong young team, with plenty of experience and a desire to do well. The eleven players consisted of six 17-year-olds, an 18 and a 19-year-old and a few in their mid-twenties.

With eight teams participating, the Boomers ladies were drawn in Pool A with Mountain Majik from the FNSW PL competition, as well as South Brisbane and South Perth.

Pool B contained Inner West Magic, Adelaide Wolves, Gold Coast Galaxy and EWA Cockburn (WA).

The first up game for the ladies was on Friday afternoon against Mountain Majik – a team they had not been able to defeat in the FNSW PL1 competition just finished, with a loss at home and draw away. A 1-1 draw was probably a decent result as the Majik ladies held the lead for the majority of the contest, but allowed a goal from a corner with just five minutes remaining, resulting in a one-all draw.

The second match, on Saturday morning, had the ladies up against South Brisbane, a team that had competed solidly in the several years of the national F-League when it was operational. In that competition, matches between South Brisbane and the Boomers were always close and competitive affairs.

After losing their first match, South Brisbane realised they needed a result and started the match playing a fifth man powerplay. Unfortunately for them, the Boomerangs ladies handled the switch up well and did not allow the Queenslanders to maintain possession in their frontcourt for sustained periods. This was a close match up until the final ten minutes when the Boomerangs ladies slotted two goals to take the win 3-1.

The ladies went into the third match against an also undefeated South Perth, knowing that a win or a draw was necessary for them to make the semi-final. It was a tight, even contest where both teams were putting in maximum effort. The final result, a 2-2 draw, was reflective of the match and the evenness of the teams.

With a win and two draws, the Boomerangs ladies finished second in Pool A behind South Perth, who finished with two wins and a draw. This meant a semi-final match-up with Inner West Magic, a team that the ladies know a fair bit about having competed against them for a few years in the FNSW competitions. The Magic were on a roll, topping their group (on goal difference over EWA Cockburn) having not lost a game in any competition since 16 November when they were soundly defeated (5-0) by the Boomerangs ladies at the very same venue.

The Boomers ladies went into the match confident, knowing they could match it with the strongest team in what is considered the strongest league in the country – the FNSW PL1. Unfortunately, the fourth game in three days in 40 degree plus days took its toll and whilst they played strongly and competed for the entire match, they just could not penetrate the Magic’s solid defence. And it only took a small sniff of an opportunity, as the Boomers defences waned – for the Magic’s sharp-shooters to slot home the goals they needed to win the encounter and lock themselves a Grand Final spot.

Inner West Magic did indeed meet their own lofty expectations as they went on to defeat Perth’s EWA Cockburn in a penalty shootout, just an hour after the semi-final was played. A tremendous effort by those players.

So a semi-final exit was a decent result but was a step or two short of the ultimate goal. All the ladies played brilliantly across their four matches and were a credit to the club. The team was also well-coached by Kristian Collins and Nick van Aalst.

The aim of course, is to come back next year and to improve on that result.

And as a bonus, Michaela Thornton (Day) was selected in the team of the tournament, reflecting her own strong performance both as a player and team captain.

Photos of the matches can be found at https://photos.app.goo.gl/q6c72ThMeiXB4uVU9 and videos of all the matches at the AFCC Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/australianfutsalclubchampionship/

FNSW 2019 PL1 R13 Wrap

Round 13 of the 2019 Football NSW Premier League 1 competition saw the Boomerangs at home and due to the unavailability of the AIS, back at Q-One Indoor Sports Centre in Queanbeyan for the final home round of the season.

Four development squad matches were played against Majik opposition, with the visitors bringing a good selection of their strong junior cohort down for the trip to Queanbeyan. These matches are always competitive and the youngest of the Boomers performed admirably.

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FNSW 2019 PL1 R11/12 Wrap

Rounds 11 and 12 of the 2019 Football NSW Premier League 1 competition were held over a double-header weekend, with the Saturday leg away to Dee Why to take on UTS Northside, and the Sunday leg at home (played in QBN) against Enfield Allstars.

Development squad matches were played on both days as well as the full array of nine competitive matches.

To check out the photos of Saturday’s matches head to the Boomerangs photo site. (Round 11 and Round 12)
For full match and highlight videos (as they become available), head to the BoomersTV YouTube channel.

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FNSW 2019 PL1 R10 Wrap

Round 10 of the 2019 Football NSW Premier League 1 competition saw the Boomerangs at home – but at a different venue. With the AIS unavailable, this round was played at Q-One Indoor Sports Centre in Queanbeyan, a venue the club had first used last season.

Two development squad matches were played against Hakoah opposition, with the visitors bringing an 11 boys and an 11/12 girls team. The 9/10 boys played a scratch match against themselves.

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FNSW 2019 PL1 R9 Wrap

Round 9 of the 2019 Football NSW Premier League 1 competition saw the Boomerangs on the road to Valentine Sports Park to take on the Inner West Magic club. Rounds against the consistently strong Magic sides are always challenging, and this round proved to be no different.

Four exciting, high quality, development squad matches were played to kick off the day, with two for the 9/10 boys on the smaller court and a large court encounter for the 11/12 girls and the 11 boys.

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FNSW 2019 PL1 R8 Wrap

Round 8 of the 2019 Football NSW Premier League 1 competition saw the Boomerangs on the road to Campbelltown to take on the Campbelltown City Quake club. It has been a long time between visits for the Boomerangs at this Minto venue due to not playing in the same grade as the Quake for five or so years.

Three development squad matches were played, again providing the youngest of the Boomers with the opportunity to play against the best junior futsal players from Sydney. The matches against the Quake youngsters did not disappoint.

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FNSW 2019 PL1 R7 Wrap

Round 7 of the 2019 Football NSW Premier League 1 competition saw the Boomerangs at home against the only club yet to be played this season – Mascot Vipers. In previous years the Vipers have been a stalwart of the Premier League 1 competition and recently won the club championship. This year, they have strong teams across many age groups, but also a few age groups where there was an opportunity for a result for the Boomerangs teams.

A full set of development squad matches were played, again providing the youngest of the Boomers with the opportunity to play against the best junior futsal players from Sydney.

There were some strong performances across the day, but also some disappointment where opportunities were not fully realised to gain a couple more wins. But there was again strong performances from the 16 boys and 17 girls and both the open men’s and women’s team, with the women coming away with a win against the previously undefeated Vipers.

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FNSW 2019 PL1 R6 Wrap

Round 6 of the 2019 Football NSW Premier League 1 competition saw the Boomerangs on the road for the second weekend in succession taking on the Mountain Majik club in Blacktown.

A full set of development squad matches were played, simultaneously with the competitive matches, which started early at 8:30am; meaning very early starts for the youngest travelling Boomers.

There was again some good performances across all age groups however this has not resulted in many wins – especially in the competitive age groups, and importantly those that contribute to the season’s Club Championship (14 boys and older).

However, there were also some strong performances by the 11/12 girls, who played a couple of games, and the development ages boys, led by the 11-year old cohort that continues to impress with some great performances against all PL1 clubs.

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FNSW 2019 PL1 R5 Wrap

Round 5 of the 2019 Football NSW Premier League 1 competition saw the Boomerangs on the road again to the Morris Iemma Indoor Sports Centre at Riverwood to take on Enfield Allstars.

A full array of development squad matches were played with some terrific performances from all the teams, racking up a couple of wins and playing some high-quality futsal.

There continues to be a growing number of good performances across all age groups and it is clear that the players and teams are now getting more used to the higher level required at the Premier League 1 level.

A couple of wins in the older age groups and a much more competitive performance all round gives hope for the remainder of the season at this level.

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