Round three of the 17/18 FNSW Premier League 2 competition saw the Boomerangs club at home at the AIS against Central Coast Futsal – a club which had, this season, been promoted to the PL2 competition from State League.
To check out the photos of this round head to the Boomerangs photo site.
Development Squad Matches
The Central Coast Club did not bring any development squads with them on the long haul to the ACT, so the youngest Boomerangs again played locally arranged matches – the 10 boys against the 11/12 girls and the 11 boys up against local junior side Gungahlin. Both matches were entertaining, fast and full of high skill level futsal. Importantly also, all four teams showed a good focus on defence and the games were tight with goals precious for all sides.
12 Boys: Boomerangs 4 – 3 Central Coast Futsal Club (ht 2-2)
The 12 boys had a tough match against a strong Central Coast side that has had mixed fortunes so far this season. These two evenly matched teams battled it out in the first half to end up all square as the halftime whistle blew (at 2-2). The second half saw the intensity raise a notch and the home team managed to get the edge by scoring two terrific goals to the visitors single. A special note for the great work of ‘keeper Seb Arranz in this match, especially pulling of some terrific saves in the second half. A well earned tough encounter for the 12 boys which finally moves them upwards on the competition ladder.
Goals to Jacob Murta, Dom Pelle and Nick Pratezina
13 Girls: Boomerangs 5 – 1 Central Coast Futsal Club (ht 1-1)
The 13 girls game was another case of a well-matched and even first half finishing with one goal each. The visitors though struggled to maintain the intensity in the second half without bench rotations, allowing the home team to power away adding an additional four second-half goals. The youngest (competitive) Boomerangs female team is gelling nicely and should be able to maintain this level of competitiveness across the remainder of the season.
Goals to Izzy Listar, Tayla Hampson, Maya Osmond and two to Reilly Yuen
14 Boys: Boomerangs 7 – 5 Central Coast Futsal Club (ht 2-3)
The 14 boys have shown in the two matches so far this season that they will be a force to be reckoned with in this competition. And although they failed to match the first half intensity of the visiting Central Coast lads, they certainly put in a much better second half performance to score five goals and restrict the visitors to two. An exciting and highly entertaining match, but one which will focus coach Collins’ attention this week on the defensive end. A super scoring effort by Bailey Sorenson with a hattrick to his name.
Goals to Keiran Allen, Thomas Barbatano, Noah Fior, Noah Dowling, and three to Bailey Sorenson
15 Girls: Boomerangs 3 – 0 Central Coast Futsal Club (ht 1-0)
The 15 girls continue to show a good mix of discipline, intensity, teamwork and individual flair. They have the capacity to pace themselves well throughout a match and to counter any attempt to gain the match momentum their opposition might throw at them. A one nil half time advantage ended up at 3-0 through a well-rounded performance which did the job on the day to collect the all-important three competition points.
Goals to Elke Aitolu, Ellen Brown and Alex McKenzie
16 Boys: Boomerangs 1 – 4 Central Coast Futsal Club (ht 0-1)
The 16 boys are certainly developing as the season progresses and have improved in most aspects of their play. This match though showed off defensive weaknesses that allowed the Central Coast lads to score too many, without being able to match that at the offensive end to stay in the game. The team is showing signs of improvement and will no doubt register wins in coming weeks.
Goal to Andrew Noack
18 Girls: Boomerangs 6 – 1 Central Coast Futsal Club (ht 4-0)
Another powerful demonstration from a strong Boomerangs female team. These girls have many avenues to goal with all of those that hit the court capable of hitting the back of the net, but what stands out with these girls is the super defensive effort which allows little in the back end of the court. The Central Coast girls were no pushover, but the intensity and power of the Boomerangs girls will take a lot for other teams to break down. A hattrick for Lefty Meuronen saw her powerful left foot on target, and classy goals from Izzy and Jacqui (2) topped off a terrific all-round effort.
Goals to Isobel D’Amico, Jacqui Alferink (2) and a hat-trick to Lefty Meuronen (3)
Youth Men: Boomerangs 3 – 3 Central Coast Futsal Club (ht 2-0)
The Boomerangs youth men were on top in this match at the half-time break and looked to be heading towards a win over a very strong, albeit light on (in numbers) Central Coast Youth team. A two-goal deficit was enough to inspire the visitors to a much improved second-half performance as they lifted their intensity all over the court – led by a terrific performance by the ‘keeper. A solitary second-half goal to Will Manalo (playing up from the 16s) for the home side was not enough as they let in three goals in the second 20 to leave the game all tied up at full time. Another opportunity for three competition points missed by the talented youth roster.
Goals to Takuto Kojima (2) and Will Manalo
Open Women: Boomerangs 7 – 0 Central Coast Futsal Club (ht 2-0)
The senior women’s team benefitted from having a few more experienced players available and it showed in a dominant performance against the visitors. The Boomers women maintained control of the game for the full 40 minutes and took full advantage of a tiring Central Coast as they piled on five second-half goals. The most impressive stat of the match was again keeping a clean sheet, as they did in their first-up win over the Eagles in Round 1. A blend of youth and experience should see this squad near the top of the table come season’s end as long as they maintain their defensive discipline and keep it positive at the offensive end. Like the 18 girls, this team has numerous players who can freely score goals – making it hard for any opposition to match up defensively.
Goals to Michelle Aurousseau, Michaela Day, Ash Garrity, Alex Martens (2) and Rachael Corbett (2)
Open Men: Boomerangs 10 – 2 Central Coast Futsal Club (ht 6-1)
The Open Men’s match was one-way traffic after the first ten minutes of the match which saw the visiting Central Coast team put in an energetic and combative performance. Unfortunately, they could not maintain that level for the entire match, let alone half, as the majority of their bench had already played a tough youth men’s match.
A six-goal first half the result of some terrific teamwork and crisp clean finishing by the home team. The second half saw the lads put up a similar performance, but without the clinical finishing of the first half, scoring a further four to add to their first-half tally. A fine all-round performance, however, there are – and will be – much tougher matches than this in the regular season, and the men’s team need to be ready to perform in those — and that will start next weekend with a top-of-the-table clash against Phoenix Futsal at the AIS.
Goals to Daniel Giovinazzo, Jono Ciminelli, Anthony Giorgi, Jake Wilsener, and two hat-tricks to Jason O’Dwyer (3) and Ben Basser-Silk (3)
A highly productive Round 3 of the 17/18 PL2 season with seven wins, a draw and a single loss against the newly promoted Central Coast.
Next weekend sees a tougher home round at the AIS against fellow PL2 Club Championship aspirant, Phoenix Futsal. It is but early in the season, but the club heads the Club Championship after three weeks into the 17/18 competition.
Make sure you get along to the AIS Training Halls to support the Boomerangs on Saturday 28 October – and afterwards join the men’s and women’s players at the Yowani Country Club to dissect the matches and watch some replays on the big screen.
To check out the photos of this round head to the Boomerangs photo site.