FNSW PL2 R11 Wrap

Round eleven of the 17/18 Premier League 2 season was away at the Hornsby PCYC taking on the Phoenix Futsal Club.

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

Development Squad Matches
There were two development squad matches played against Phoenix prior to the competitive matches – the 11/12 girls and the 10/11 boys. Both games were highly entertaining and of good quality – and it is apparent that these young Boomers are developing well as the season progresses. The girls dominated their match – especially in the second half, with the Phoenix boys putting up a strong effort against the travelling Boomerangs youngsters.

12 Boys: Boomerangs 2 – 1 Phoenix (ht 1 – 1)
The 12 boys were up against a Phoenix team that has struggled this season,  but still had some quality players hitting the court.  The boys were first to score and managed to hold that lead till around halfway through the first period. One all at the break and the match was there for the taking by both teams.  The second half was just as tight, with the Boomers again hitting the scoreboard first around halfway through the period. They defended solidly for the remainder of the match to hold on to the single goal win.
Goals to Josh Hedditch, Dom Pelle
Ladder Position: 6th ( – )

13 Girls: Boomerangs 1 – 5 Phoenix (ht 0 – 3)
The 13 girls knew they were in for a tough battle against the ladder-leading Phoenix 13s. The first half mostly followed the Phoenix script and they took a three-goal lead into the break. The second half saw a more spirited Boomers girls and they managed to score first through the boot of Izzy Listar.  At 3-1 the home team started looking a little under pressure, but they soon showed their class by netting for another two leaving the Boomers girls with a loss, but knowing that they put in a good solid effort against a quality opposition.
Goal Izzy Listar
Ladder Position: 5th ( – )

14 Boys: Boomerangs 0 – 5 Phoenix (ht 0 – 2)
This was another match against a table-topping opposition – one that has lost but two matches this season.  The first half was a fairly even contest, with the Boomers boys letting themselves down by conceding a couple of scrappy goals. After the break they came out with more energy and intent, but could not stop the momentum of the home side after they again scored soon after the break. Not the result these boys were after, but they hold on to their top four spot… but will need some good wins in the final three matches against quality opposition to go into finals with some decent momentum.
Ladder Position: 4th ( – )

15 Girls: Boomerangs 1 – 0 Phoenix (ht 1 – 0)
The 15 girls have set themselves a challenge of going through the season undefeated, and this match represented the first of what will be a number of stiff challenges to that aspiration over the coming few rounds and finals series. Phoenix 15s were in fourth spot prior to this match and looking to consolidate their position above several teams also with their eyes on a coveted finals spot. The first half was intense, as expected, as the home side worked hard and the travelling Boomers struggled to find the rhythm of recent weeks. A well-worked goal finished by Stefi Lejins being the sole goals separating the teams at the break. The intensity lifted another gear in the second stanza with the defensive work of both teams dominating the respective offences. A goal-less second half seeing victory to the Boomers girls by the slimmest of margins.
Goals to Stefi Lejins
Ladder Position: 1st ( – )

16 Boys: Boomerangs 1 – 1 Phoenix (ht 1 – 1)
The 16 boys have had little good fortune this season, and the games they have played well – the opposition has managed to eke out wins. This match against fifth-placed Phoenix fighting for a finals spot was going to be challenging, but a challenge that was well met by the travelling 16s. The first half saw the teams trading blows and managing to score a solitary goal each, leaving it all to play for in the second twenty.  A sensational end-to-end second half followed with an outstanding defensive effort led by Malcolm Murta between the sticks, after he was the recipient of a decent knock midway through the period. No further goals were added in the second half, but it was end-to-end desperation by both teams – showcasing how exciting the game of futsal can be.
Goals to Oliver McCarthy
Ladder Position: 7th ( – )

18 Girls: Boomerangs 3 – 1 Phoenix (ht 2 – 1)
It was another case of a Boomerangs team taking on fellow final aspirant Phoenix in the 18 girls. Prior to this match, the Boomers sat in 2nd place on the league ladder, with Phoenix in fourth – but with two teams looking to leapfrog them should they drop competition points. And indeed that was the case with the three points going to a determined – but not free-flowing – Boomerangs 18s taking out the match 3-1 and securing second place. The Phoenix team though have now dropped to fifth and will need to pick up maximum points from the final three rounds to make finals.  The match itself was a relatively comfortable win with a good defensive effort supplemented by some efficient finishing up front. The final three rounds have the Boomers up against two other top-four teams in Raiders and Hakoah, so they will need decent results from those matches to ensure finals.
Goals to Stella De Marco, Maddie Perceval, Grace Basser-Silk
Ladder Position: 2nd ( – )

Youth Men: Boomerangs 5 – 5 Phoenix (ht 4 – 2)
The poor, season-long habit of conceding early again made this game much more difficult than it should have been and likely cost the lads two precious competition points.  A Boomerangs youth team in 3rd spot (having lost only two games so far this season), against a 6th placed Phoenix (that has lost six of its ten played matches), should not have allowed such early concessions. The lads worked hard to take a two-goal lead into the break, but it was an on-fire Phoenix that had all the momentum in the second half, scoring three to the visitors single.  With two of the remaining matches for the season against top four sides, the youth need to resurrect their early season form if they are to remain a top four side after Round 14.    
Goals to Dylan Aitolu (2), Elie Darwich (2), Jayde James-Ward
Ladder Position:  4th (down from 3rd )

Open Women: Boomerangs 1 – 1 Phoenix (ht 1 – 0)
The open women’s team retained their top spot on the competition ladder despite being held to a draw by second-placed Phoenix – that move down to third place after this result. In a largely uninspiring match, the ladies did just enough to grab a lead at the break through a well-crafted goal by Stella DeMarco.  The second half saw an even, end-to-end battle with just a solitary goal – scored by Phoenix converting from the penalty spot early in the half. Both teams looked to stretch the opposition’s defence, but to no avail as the both held firm – led by good work by both teams’ keepers.  The results keeps the Boomers women on top of the ladder, with Phoenix slipping down to third.
Goals to Stella DeMarco
Ladder Position: 1st ( – )

Open Men: Boomerangs 6– 2 Phoenix (ht 2 – 0)
– Free kick converted by Daniel Giovinazzo gets the scoring underway in the seventh minute. 1-0.
– A Jake Wilsener, Nick Rathjen combination ensures a second goal with ninety seconds to play first half.
– At the break it’s Boomerangs 2-0 Phoenix.
– A goal to Phoenix eight minutes into the second half. 2-1
– Jake Wilsener sent for a second yellow with thirteen to play.
– Boomers survive the two minutes one man down without conceding.
– But Phoenix score soon after. All tied up at 2-2 with nine to play.
– Yellow card for Giovinazzo.
– Free kick converted by Nick Rathjen with 4:30 to play. 3-2
– Elie Darwich scores against a fifth man power play 4-2 with 2:30 to play….. And repeats the dose with 1:30 to play. 5 – 2
– And Ben Basser scores another as the final whistle blows.
– Final score Boomerangs 6-2 Phoenix.

The key moment in the match was the free kick conversion by Nick Rathjen with less than five to play – this after the Phoenix keeper conceded to a Daniel Giovinazzo free kick similarly taken in the first half. After this the Phoenix team threw caution to the wind playing fifth man powerplay throughout which the Boomers punished them on the counter.
Goals to  Elie Darwich (2) Daniel Giovinazzo, Ben Basser-Silk, Jake Wilsener, Nick Rathjen
Ladder Position: 2nd  (up from 3rd)

A winning day for the club with four wins and only two losses – but with three draws, which adds some complexity to the finals aspirations of a couple of teams. Phoenix are always a tough, and well-respected opponent, and again in this instance, the majority of the nine competitive matches (excluding the two losses in 13 girls and 14 boys) were all close, intense and up for grabs. Boomerangs teams scored only 20 goals across the nine matches compared with 52 goals in the previous round against Central Coast.

Check out the Club Championship after eleven weeks of the 17/18 competition – it sees the club hold on to the third spot, still behind Eastern Suburbs Hakoah and Raiders Futsal – both clubs that the Boomerangs are still to play (for a second time) this season.

The final three rounds are played in January/February followed by a finals series for those teams that finish top four.

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