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Futsal Cup – Preview

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: Boomerangs FS 4-2 Majik.

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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FNSW 2019 PL1 R4 Wrap

Round 4 of the 2019 Football NSW Premier League 1 competition saw the Boomerangs at home against a strong UTS Northside club.

A full array of development squad matches were played as UTS brought down their juniors for the day trip.

There were a number of good performances throughout the day – from individuals and from teams, and for certain stages of matches – but the performances weren’t of a high enough standard to take any competition points from UTS, A disappointing outcome from the day’s proceedings.

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

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