Category: FNSW PL

FNSW PL2 Finals Review

The finals weekend for the FNSW PL2 competition has come and gone – all too quickly. And for the Boomerangs club, the weekend was not as successful as was hoped, with only two Grand Finals appearances from the six semi-finalists and no Championship trophies brought back to the Territory.

After a very solid season in the FNSW PL2 competition, six of the nine competitive teams finished in the top four of their respective divisions and had earned their places in the finals series.

Of the six teams to make finals, the 13 girls finished fourth, the
15 girls, 16 boys and 18 women all finished in second place and the 19 men and open age women finished as Premiers as the best team in their age group across the season. Five top-two finishes out of nine competitive age groups was a tremendous return for the season’s effort.

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FNSW PL2 Finals Preview

The pointy end of the season has arrived – and for many, too quickly!

The club has had a strong season in the FNSW PL2 competition and of the nine competitive age groups have six teams competing in the finals series on the weekend of 19/20 January.

Of the six teams to make finals this season, one team finished fourth (13 girls), three second place finishes (15 girls, 16 boys and 18 women) and two Premierships – for the 19 men and open age women.

In a refreshed finals series this season, the ‘double chance’ has been removed for the those teams finishing in the top two and all teams will now face an all elimination finals series. On Saturday 19 January, at Dural, fourth placed teams will take on competition table toppers and second take on third place getters.

13 Girls

The 13 girls, having finished fourth this season, will take on premiers, SD Raiders. Whilst the Boomers 13 girls did not record a win against this team during the season, they pushed the premiers all the way with a 3-4 loss away at Fairfield and a 3-3 draw at home in Round 12. SD Raiders finished the season with a single loss and one draw to go with their 12 wins.

The 13 girls have been in sparkling form at the back end of the season having lost only one match since Round 6 and finishing the regular season with two very strong wins. They are confident they have what it takes to progress to Sunday’s Grand Final.

15 Girls

The second placed 15s take on third placed Sydney City Eagles for a spot in the Grand Final. The 15s have bettered their Eagles opposition in both encounters this season, with a 3-1 win at home and a nail-biting 4-3 win away in the Round 11 match – played at the back end of a double header weekend.

The Boomers 15s have finished the regular season with a 10/2/2 record, topping the Eagles return of just seven wins and a draw. In finals though, this counts for nothing and the girls will need to be in top form to progress to Sunday’s match.

16 Boys

The second placed 16 boys take on a strong Raiders Futsal outfit that finished just a single win behind them on the end-of-season ladder. Results for the season were split, with each team winning ‘on the road’.

The Boomers win in the first round was comfortable after holding a lead throughout. The return high-scoring affair at the AIS was close till half time, with the Raiders powering through the second half to take the valuable three competition points.

This game will no doubt be close, and to win, the Boomers will need to restrict the Raiders scoring opportunities and maximise their own.

18 Women

The 18 Women’s team takes on SD Raiders – a team they have yet to defeat this season, with SD Raiders accounting for half of the Boomers four losses this season.

Away at Fairfield saw the SD Raiders women come out on top of a single goal difference game, 3-2, with the return match at the AIS in Round 12, also a single goal match that the visitors took again by a single goal, 1-0.

This match has the potential to be the tightest result of the day, and if history is to be taken into account, a single goal either way will likely separate the two teams.

19 Men

The youth men’s match will undoubtedly be a thriller, as they often are. Phoenix have yet to taste victory this season against the strong Boomers 19s outfit, with a 2-2 draw on their home court, followed by a 5-2 defeat to the Boomers in the return fixture at the AIS.

The strength, fitness and pure passion shown by the Boomerangs youth will help them in their efforts to overcome their semi-final opponents. They have shown time and again this season – and last (and in the all-important final regular round match against Crusaders), their capacity to fight for the win for the entire 40 minutes.

Open Women

The Boomerangs Open Women’s team has been the standard bearer for the competition this season, with the best defensive record, a strong and diverse line up that can count on goals from across the court and deep into the bench.

The risk is though, that it all falls to pieces with the finish line approaching.  The only defeat suffered by the women this season, was to the Taipans early in the season. However, this was more than offset by a stunning victory by a much depleted line up that took on Taipans in the reverse fixture (again played away in Wollongong on a Sunday morning).

The ladies have the opportunity to cap off their terrific season, and will not be taking the Taipans at all lightly. They are motivated to get to, and win, the Grand Final and will be working hard to progress.

After the semi-finals on Saturday at Dural, there will be little rest for the victors as they will need to prepare for the Grand Final showdowns on Sunday at Middleton Grange. Unfortunately, for those that do not progress, this will mean the end of the shortened season and will provide little reward for a tough season.

FNSW 18/19 PL2 R14 Wrap

Round 14 of the 18/19 Football NSW Premier League 2 competition – the final regular round for the season – was critical for the club in its endeavours to claim the Club Championship. Five of the six teams in finals contention had already locked in their top four slots, with the 13s looking to claim fourth spot with a win and the Youth Men and 15 girls looking to lock in, or grab, the Premiership.

Earlier this season (Round 7) the club fared well against the cellar-dwelling West City Crusaders, losing only one match (12 boys) and drawing two others (youth and men) of the nine competitive age matches.

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

Development Squad Matches
The West City Crusaders did not field development age teams this season, and as there was a focus on making finals and on club championship points this final round, games against other teams were difficult to arrange. Many of the parents of the development squad teams also appreciated having the weekend off prior to Christmas to finalise their festive season preparations.

12 BOYS:
Boomerangs 2 – 5 West City Crusaders (ht 2 – 3)
The 12 boys wanted desperately to win this match to finish the season on a positive and thought they were in with a decent shot given that they lost the Round 7 match by a single goal only.

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FNSW 18/19 PL2 R13 Wrap

Round 13 of the 18/19 Football NSW Premier League 2 competition against Sydney’s Phoenix Futsal was the second last round of the regular season and the final home round of matches for the season.

Earlier this season (Round 6) the club returned from the Phoenix home court with six wins and a draw from the nine competitive matches and an important four wins and a draw for the Club Championship (14 boys and up). Phoenix Futsal always provide challenging games across all age groups. 

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

Development Squad Matches
Phoenix brought down the requisite 11 Boys and 11/12 girls teams, with earlier games featuring the Boomerangs 10 boys taking on the club’s 11 boys and the 9 boys against the 11 girls, on the larger, full-size court. The players ‘graduating’ to competitive age groups will need to get used to playing on the large court week in week out, so it was a good opportunity to for them.

12 BOYS:
Boomerangs 1 – 2 Phoenix Futsal (ht 0 – 0)
The 12 boys wanted desperately to redeem themselves after some fairly ordinary results over the past few weeks. And they played a solid, and improved match against fellow cellar-dwellers, Phoenix. 

Unfortunately, after a strong defensive effort in the first half, they allowed the opposition to score two in the second period, and could only manage to bother the scorer once themselves. A solid effort by the boys, and will hopefully lead on to them securing a much-desired win for their last match of the season next weekend.
Goals to Daniel Kenning
Ladder Position: 8th ( –1 )

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FNSW 18/19 PL2 R12 Wrap

Round 12 of the 18/19 Football NSW Premier League 2 competition – the third last round of the regular season – was a home round of matches against Sydney’s Southern District (SD) Raiders.

SD Raiders have taken the PL2 competition by storm this season after promotion from the now-defunct FNSW State League. They have strength across all their age groups and are the only club that the Boomerangs failed to outscore for Club Championship points in the first half of the season.

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

Development Squad Matches
SD Raiders kindly brought their development squads down the highway a little earlier so a series of matches could be played across two smaller courts to give all our development age groups a hit our against competitive opposition.

The 9 boys took on SD Raiders 11/12 girls, the 10 boys and 11 boys both played the visiting 11 boys team and the 11/12 girls from each club squared off against each other. There were some terrific games across the first 90 minutes of the day and plenty of great teamwork and goals scored by all teams.

12 BOYS:
Boomerangs 2 – 17 Southern Districts Raiders (ht 1 – 8)
The 12 boys will probably like to wipe this match from their memories fairly quickly. For the second round in a row, the Boomers youngest competitive boys weren’t at all competitive – being given a futsal lesson from teams that sit atop the competition ladder and have handed out thrashing to most teams they face each week. No doubt the coaches will be running the boys through the match video and highlighting all the good things the opposition did – and to aspire to execute as they did. There is no growth without learning.
Goals to Tomer Doron (2)
Ladder Position: 7th ( – )

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FNSW 18/19 PL2 R10/11 Wrap

Rounds 10 and 11 of the 18/19 Football NSW Premier League 2 competition were played as a double-header weekend, with the Boomerangs first leg at home (Saturday 1 December) against Sydney Futsal Club and the second leg away (Sunday 2 December) against Sydney City Eagles.

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

Development Squad Matches
Boomerangs FS v Sydney Futsal
Sydney Futsal Club brought down the requisite 11 boys team and 11/12 girls. The 11 boys team was a bit light on numbers, but with the addition of a few of their travelling girls, they gave our 11 boys a decent hit out.

The 10 boys also took on the 11 boys in an inter-club rivalry match and the 9 boys took on a team from the newly formed futsal training program, Accelerate.

Boomerangs FS v Sydney City Eagles
The Sunday trip to the Michael Clarke Centre had only the 11 boys travel, as the Eagles have no 11/12 team, nor any younger age groups in a development academy.

12 BOYS:
Boomerangs 4 – 5 Sydney Futsal (ht 2 – 2)
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FNSW 18/19 PL2 R9 Wrap

Round 9 of the 18/19 Football NSW Premier League 2 competition was a home match, split into two, with the first leg played away in Wollongong – for the Youth Men, Women and Men’s team (on Sunday 18 November) and the remaining competitive matches played on Saturday 24 November at the new Q-One Indoor Sports Centre in Queanbeyan.

(The youth, women and men’s matches were played a week earlier to allow members of those teams – and coaches from across the club – to attend the wedding of the Club President)

To check out the photos of this round head to the Boomerangs photo site.
For full match and highlight videos, head to the BoomersTV YouTube channel.

Development Squad Matches
South Coast Taipans brought with them an array of junior development teams, allowing ten matches to be scheduled across 11 and 12 girls and 9, 10 and 11 boys. These matches, scheduled earlier in the day before the competitive matches,  were keenly contested and apart from the joy and fun it brings the players to play against players representing other regions, it is also a wonderful opportunity to develop their skills, teamwork and understanding of futsal.

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FNSW 18/19 PL2 R8 Wrap

Round 8 of the 18/19 Football NSW Premier League 2 competition signalled the start of the second half of the season and was a home round taking on Raiders Futsal. In Round 1 of the season, away at the Raiders new home court, the Boomers teams did particularly well, winning four, drawing two and losing only one of the matches that impact on the Club Championship (age 14 boys and up).

The objective of home rounds is always to improve on away results, and it was pleasing that the day did indeed pan out that way with five of the seven matches that contribute to the Club Championship as victories to the Boomerangs teams, and two very close matches in the younger competitive age groups (12 boys/13 girls) resulting in a loss and a draw.

To check out the photos of this round head to the Boomerangs photo site.
For full match and highlight videos, head to the BoomersTV YouTube channel.

Development Squad Matches
Raiders Futsal kindly came down the highway a little earlier to provide the development squads with matches. The 9 Boys took on their Boomers stablemates, the 11 girls, but the 10 and 11 boys and the 11/12 girls had Raiders opposition to play against. Whilst results aren’t the most important thing at these development ages, the quality of the futsal is improving and the kids understanding of the game is turning them into better players.

12 Boys: Boomerangs 2 – 3 Raiders Futsal (ht 0 – 2)
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FNSW 18/19 PL2 R7 Wrap

Round 7 of the 18/19 Football NSW Premier League 2 competition was a home round taking on West City Crusaders – the only club that Boomerangs teams had yet to come up against so far this season. The Crusaders were well set at the bottom of the Club Championship table, so it was hoped that the Boomerangs could pick up valuable points across the day’s matches and to also enhance teams’ opportunity to make finals.

To check out the photos of this round head to the Boomerangs photo site.
For full match and highlight videos, head to the BoomersTV YouTube channel.

Development Squad Matches
West City Crusaders have no development squads, so the Boomerangs youngest teams played off against each other, the 9 boys pushing as hard as they could against the 11/12 girls and the 10 boys taking on the 11 boys in what is always a close encounter.

12 Boys: Boomerangs 2 – 3 West City Crusaders (ht 0 – 2)
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FNSW 18/19 PL2 R6 Wrap

Round 6 of the 18/19 Football NSW Premier League 2 competition had the Boomerangs club on the road for the fifth time in the first six rounds of season 18/19. The opposition was Phoenix Futsal, a club playing out of the Hornsby PCYC. Rounds against Phoenix in previous seasons have always been closely contested, and this round would likely be no different.

To check out the photos of this round head to the Boomerangs photo site.
For full match and highlight videos, head to the BoomersTV YouTube channel.

Development Squad Matches
The 11 boys and 11/12 girls started the day’s action at Hornsby on small courts against Phoenix opposition. The two teams performed extremely well against a robust opposition and came out on the positive side of the goal-scoring ledger (even though these games are never officially scored).

These two teams are coming along nicely as the young Boomerangs learn what is needed to compete at this NSW Premier League level.

12 Boys: Boomerangs 6 – 2 Phoenix Futsal (ht 3 – 1)
The 12 boys finally had an opportunity to register a win, against a Phoenix team that was also struggling at the wrong end of the competition ladder. The boys were very solid in defence, and creative in attack and seized on goal scoring opportunities as they arose. Next week will also present an opportunity for a win (against the Crusaders) and this should lead to an improved second half of the season.
Goals to Mikey Pratezina (2), Daniel Barbatano, Arron Cocks, Hayden Gardiner, AJ Malauulu 
Ladder Position: 7th ( +1 )

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