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FNSW Premier League 20/21

30 September , 2020 By Football NSW

Football NSW has advised that, in consultation with its Futsal Clubs, it has regrettably decided to cancel the 2020 Futsal Premier Leagues Season due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused significant disruption to the football calendar across many levels.

This has made scheduling and planning for the Futsal Premier Leagues season extremely challenging.

While the Futsal Premier Leagues Season has been cancelled, opportunities to play Futsal will not be lost and players and match officials are encouraged to support their local futsal centres by participating in community Futsal competitions administered by Football NSW affiliated centres.

Football NSW will continue to do its best to support the sport of Futsal and will be working with Clubs and the Futsal Standing Committee to improve the game moving forward in 2021 and beyond.

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 PL1 2019 Season Wrap

The FNSW Premier League 1 season of 2019 was a less than successful one
for the Boomerangs FS club; enjoyable, but without the team and club success that was craved.

After a tremendous 2018/19 season that saw the club securing enough competition points to top the Club Championship table and gain promotion to the top league, it was clearly evident that all teams were not quite up to the level required to maintain a place in the top-level of FNSW competition.

Finishing at the wrong end of the Club Championship table will see the club again offered a position in the Premier League 2 competition for season 2020.

On a positive note, the club’s season presentation night was held on January 18 at Yowani Country Club and celebrated some of the terrific individual performances for the FNSW season. The following winners were announced.

DEVELOPMENT SQUADS
9 Boys / 10 Boys / 11 Boys / 11/12 Girls


COMPETITIVE SQUADS
12 BOYS

13 GIRLS

14 BOYS

15 GIRLS

16 BOYS

17 Girls


YOUTH MEN

OPEN WOMEN

OPEN MEN

Other Award Winners

Video highlights of matches throughout the season can be found at BoomersTV and photos at the Boomerangs Google Photos site.

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 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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