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FNSW 18/19 PL2 R3 Wrap

Round three of the Football NSW Premier League 2 competition had the Boomerangs Club travel to Redfern to take on Sydney Futsal Club at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence in the nine competitive age groups.

To check out the photos of this round head to the Boomerangs photo site.

Development Squad Matches
The 11/12 girls and the 11 boys took on Sydney Futsal Club opposition at Endeavour Sports High in the afternoon and made a terrific account of themselves grabbing two solid wins from the matches played against the youngest Sydney Futsal squads.

Sydney Futsal does not have development academies, so the 9 boys and 10 boys headed over to Valentine Sports Park to gatecrash the PL1 fixture between hosted by Inner West Magic. The boys had matches against both Magic and UTS Northside. We thank those clubs for allowing the Boomers youngest boys teams to play some matches against strong PL1 club teams. Some mixed results for the boys, but a great contribution to their learning and development as futsal players. By the time they reach the competitive 12’s age group, they will be seasoned professionals! Continue reading “FNSW 18/19 PL2 R3 Wrap”

FNSW 18/19 PL2 R2 Wrap

Round two of the Football NSW Premier League 2 competition had the Boomerangs Club travel to Wollongong to take on the South Coast Taipans at the University of Wollongong.

A Wollongong away trip always seems a lot closer than the Sydney sojourns, and the glimpses of ocean and beach add value to the weekend – especially for those players and families that combine this away trip with a short weekend break.

Futsal rounds at the Taipan’s home at the University of Wollongong are always hotly contested and fairly even affairs and this trip proved to be no different, with the Taipans winning more of the day’s matches, but the Boomers coming home with more Club Championship points (calculated on seven age groups, 14 boys and older).

To check out the photos of this round head to the Boomerangs photo site.
To see video highlights of matches from this round head to the BoomersTV YouTube channel.

Development Squad Matches
The Taipans have a great junior development program and it was terrific for our Academy/Development teams to be able to play some really competitive matches against the youngest from the Wollongong region. The matches were, on the whole, fairly evenly contested with only a few one-sided games amongst them. Importantly, the games gave the youngest players and their coaches more opportunities to develop as individual players and as teams – and early in the season, this is already starting to show.

It’s also always good to see the juniors hang around for a while after their matches to support the older age groups compete – they learn by listening and doing, but also by observing the skills, passing, positional plays and teamwork of the older age groups.

12 Boys: Boomerangs 0 – 12 South Coast Taipans (ht 0 – 7)
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FNSW 18/19 PL2 R1 Wrap

After several months of preparation, the club started it’s FNSW PL2 season with an away trip to the south west of Sydney to take on Raiders Futsal, a club which finished second on the Club Championship ladder last season. Raiders Futsal always provides strong teams across all age groups and matches are often closely fought with increasing intensity as the age groups progress.

To check out the photos of this round head to the Boomerangs photo site.
To see video highlights of matches from this round head to the BoomersTV YouTube channel.

Development Squad Matches
As Raiders Futsal have no younger age boys teams below 11s, the Boomerangs 9 and 10 boys ended up travelling to Windsor to have a series of matches against the Mountain Majik club. The 11 boys and the 11/12 girls had early matches against Raiders Futsal opposition and acquited themselves very well. The 11/12 girls probably had the edge over their Raiders Futsal counterparts, who were a few players short of a full squad.  The 11 boys were involved in a cracker of a match against Raiders with the two evenly-matched sides exchanging goals between periods of solid defence. All the 11 boys played well – with several of them rewarded with a bench spot with the 12 boys.

12 Boys: Boomerangs 3 – 12 Raiders Futsal (ht 1 – 5)
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Futsal at the Olympics?

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Futsal is an exciting, small-sided football game that is mostly played indoors. It was originally developed in Montevideo, Uruguay, in 1930, when a local coach grew tired of cancelling matches and training sessions due to rain-soaked pitches and so created a version of football that could be played in smaller indoor sports halls with only five players per side. Around the same time, similar games were also being played on the streets of Brazil, where a shortage of playing pitches and a lack of space in crowded cities saw football-mad youngsters favouring smaller-sided games wherever they could play them.

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Boys NYC Squads 2018

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SEPTEMBER 19, 2018

The 2018 FFA National Youth Championship for Boys will kick-off in Coffs Harbour next week with over 600 of Australia’s best young footballers set to converge on the city for five days of competition. Capital Football will send an U/13 and an U/14 squad to the Championships, which will feature eight new teams this year.

Capital Football U/13 Boys
1. Sebastian ARRANZ, 2. Noah STEINACKER, 3. Parris BANGWENI, 4. James NORTHCOTE, 5. Harry MENHAM, 6. Tobias PEIL, 7. Felix WESLEY, 8. Lachlan CAMPBELL, 9. Archie MCGREGOR, 10. Jordan JONATHAN, 11. Connor MYNOTT-SMITH, 12. Kristian NEL, 13. Heath ILITCH, 14. Michael PARAGALLI, 15. Christian BARRESI, 16. Joshua MILICEVIC, 17. Bailey DICKINSON

Capital Football U/14 Boys
1. Teoman TALAY, 2. Deacon PALOMBI, 3. Cassidy TANDDO, 4. Isaac WEEKLEY, 5. Daniel ANDERSON, 6. Nabil DJOMANI-OUSMANE, 7. Josh PRIOR, 8. Matej BUSEK, 9. Ethan BARAC, 10. Marko JADRIC, 11. Thomas BARBATANO, 12. Jacob LANE, 13. Giancarlo D’ADDARIO, 14. David REITSTATTER, 15. Cameron MCCLUSKY, 16. Jack PERAIC-CULLEN, 17. Daunte CERVO

In the 13 Boys team, Seb Arranz, Noah Steinacker and Lachy Campbell are current Boomerangs FS players, with Christian Barresi having previously represented the Boomerangs at FFA Futsal Nationals.

The 14 Boys team has two current Boomerangs FS players in Nabil Djomani-Ousmane and Thomas Barbatano, with Ethan Barac and Jack Peraic-Cullen formerly donning the Boomerangs strip.

We wish both teams – and especially Boomers players, the best for the week of matches in Coffs Harbour.

Junior Matildas Selections Finalised

Photo: Courtesy Capital Football.

Boomerangs FS congratulates all six Canberra girls that trialled for the Junior Matildas Squad over the past few weeks.

We congratulate Josephine Dubbert and Emma Ilijoski for making the final cut and for Stefi Lejins on becoming a shadow player for the upcoming tournament. An amazing opportunity awaits.

Of the six players to trial from the ACT – the three mentioned plus Elke Aitolu, Isabella Barac and Alexia Forner – five of them; Emma, Stefi, Elke, Josephine and Alexia have been involved with the Boomerangs futsal program over recent years.

The full article from Capital Football. Continue reading “Junior Matildas Selections Finalised”

Higher honours for Darwich

Boomerangs FS youth and men’s player, Elie Darwich has been selected for the Lebanon national U20s squad in preparation for the  Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U20 Futsal Championships in early 2019.

Elie is heading off to Lebanon on Monday 9 July and whilst there will play in the Alfa National Futsal League with the U20s squad as preparation for the AFC Championships.

The AFC U20 Futsal Championships was first contested in 2017 with Lebanon coming a respectable second in their pool (W3/D1/L0) and losing their quarter-final to eventual winners, Iran.

We wish Elie all the best with the opportunities his national representative duties in Lebanon provide – but his presence will be missed around the club as a player, coach, role model and club member during the upcoming FNSW PL2 season. (We do look forward to benefitting from his skills development though!) Continue reading “Higher honours for Darwich”

Barbatano makes men’s NPL debut

A significant milestone for another Boomers family member 

On top of the terrific news in recent months of three Boomerang’s men’s players (Fulton, Rathjen, van Aalst) being selected to play international futsal at the AFF Futsal Club Championship (and nearly winning the tournament), and Boomers favourite, Elie Darwich being selected for the Lebanon U20 Youth men’s team to play in the AFC U20 Championships early in 2019 (and at the same time playing in the Lebanon National League), another of the Boomerangs growing family takes a massive step to a successful sporting career.

At the tender age of 15, Zac Barbatano has made his debut in the Gungahlin men’s NPL team.

“He’s extremely creative and fast thinking, has great feet and is capable of winning matches by himself, he makes the difference”, Gungahlin NPL men’s coach Marcel Munoz is quoted as saying. Zac may have been blessed with natural sporting ability, but his years of playing high-level futsal with the Boomerangs has certainly helped him to become the player he is today.


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Boomers Represent in Asia

Three Boomerangs FS men’s players have been selected in the East Coast Heat team representing Australia at the Asean Football Federation (AFF) Futsal Club Championships being held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, from 15-21 July 2018.

Nick van Aalst, Nick Rathjen and Daniel Fulton have been training with the Heat for a while now in preparation for this terrific representative experience. Daniel has previously played for the Heat in the F-League and has experience in this competition last year, as well as representative duties with the Australian Futsalroos team. This will be the first overseas representative competition for Nick van Aalst and Nick Rathjen.

East Coast Heat were invited to this tournament as they were Champions (Grand Final winners) of the most recently held men’s F-League competition in 2016. It is important to have a national competition (in both men and women) to ensure invitations such as this continue to present themselves for Australian players.

The Vic Vipers – F-League men’s Premiers in 2016 – are also playing in Asia; in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Futsal Club Championship from 1-12 August – also in Yogyakarta. Continue reading “Boomers Represent in Asia”

Fulton Hangs Up Boots

On the eve of one of the biggest matches of his stellar career – the Asean Football Federation Futsal Club Championships Final – Daniel Fulton has decided to call an end to his representative futsal career.

Daniel has been an ornament to the game in the ACT and Australia over the last decade or more and has a long list of honours to his name including representing his country (for both club and the national Futsalroos team), taking out the F-League Championship on several occasions (with Maccabi and the Heat) and  winning multiple national titles with ACT representative teams in youth age groups and open men.

Daniel has played many seasons with Boomerangs FS, but has also represented other clubs including Campbelltown Quake, Maccabi Hakoah and the East Coast Heat both in Australia and overseas.

He has been a terrific role model for his peers and for the many junior players that have watched him over the years.

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