To kick off the second half of the 17/18 season, the Boomerangs club travelled to south-west Sydney to take on Sydney City Eagles at the new Michael Clarke Recreation Centre. Rounds against Sydney City are always tough – and they traditionally have strong male teams and competent female teams. Earlier this season in Round 1, the Boomerangs enjoyed a good day at the AIS winning five of the nine competitive matches and drawing another. To get similar results in the Eagles home territory was the challenge set.
To check out the photos of this round head to the Boomerangs photo site.
Development Squad Matches
The 10/11 boys and the 11/12 girls both had games against Sydney City Eagles juniors and the matches were highly competitive and entertaining. Several of these juniors were also given the opportunity to play in the 12 boys and 13 girls competitive matches that followed. The juniors are developing well and many of them will cope well in the competitive age groups next season.
12 Boys: Boomerangs 1 – 8 Sydney City Eagles (ht 1-3)
Earlier this season the Boomers 12 boys were defeated in a close and exciting match 2-4 by the Eagles in a match where the Boomers kept pace with the Eagles in the first half. Similarly, the young Boomers kept pace with the home team throughout the first half but failed to convert their chances. The second half saw the home team put the foot to the floor and dominate – being rewarded with a flurry of goals late in the match. A scoreline the team won’t be happy with and one which probably flattered the Eagles 12s.
Goal to Dom Pelle
Ladder Position: 6th ( – )
13 Girls: Boomerangs 3 – 3 Sydney City Eagles (ht 1-2)
In Round 1 the Boomerangs 13 girls lost this match by the narrowest of margins 0-1 in a tightly fought affair with little separating the teams. The reverse fixture saw a similarly close game with more goals being scored. A double to Reilly Yuen (one either side of halftime) kept the visitors in the game, but it was a penalty conversion by Sofia Palywoda in the dying seconds (from what was a foul call inside the ‘D’ that in other situations may not have been called), that saw the girls salvage a draw and a solitary competition point.
Goal to Reilly Yuen (2), Sofia Palywoda (pen)
Ladder Position: 5th ( – )
14 Boys: Boomerangs 4 – 0 Sydney City Eagles (ht 1-0)
The Boomerangs 14 boys defeated the Eagles in Round 1 of this season and were again looking to chalk up some much-needed competition points to keep them in finals contention. A cracker of a goal in the first couple of minutes to Odhran Traynor after a quickly taken corner set the lads on the right track giving them the sole goal of the first stanza. The boys put in a massive effort at the defensive end of the court for the full 40 minutes and this paid off during the second half with Traynor grabbing his second after both Barbatano and Fior had netted, finishing good passages of play. This win highlighted the simplicity of the game – stop the opposition scoring and make sure you take your chances at the offensive end and wins will eventuate.
Goal to Odhran Traynor (2), Thomas Barbatano, Noah Fior
Ladder Position: 4th ( – )
15 Girls: Boomerangs 3 – 1 Sydney City Eagles (ht 7-2)
The 15 girls continued their terrific form by racking up their eighth successive win of the season. The girls were dominant all over the court, building on their solid defence with multiple goalscoring options in the front half of the court. Indeed all players that hit the court put in solid performances and any one of them could have scored at various stages in the match. It was hard to fault this performance, aside from conceding a goal in each half. The challenge for these girls will be to continue their form for the remaining matches of the season and into finals, where they will be looking to play a big part.
Goals to Grace Burns (2), Stefi Lejins (2), Ellen Brown, Stella De Marco, Caity Listar
Ladder Position: 1st ( – )
16 Boys: Boomerangs 0 – 7 Sydney City Eagles (ht 0-2)
The 16 boys struggled against the strong Eagles 16s earlier in the season, and this match showed that little had changed since. A decent effort in the first half limited goal concession to just two, but after numerous opportunities were missed by the travelling Boomerangs, mistakes made at the defensive end were clinically punished by the Eagles. The lads still need some improvement to match it with the best teams in this competition.
Ladder Position: 7th ( – )
18 Girls: Boomerangs 5 – 0 Sydney City Eagles (ht 3-0)
The 18 girls dominated this match, much as they did in the first round match in October. Built on the back of solid defence, the 18s converted their offensive chances to score three unanswered first-half goals, and two in the second period. In a competition where six of the eight teams are closely bunched on the ladder, continuing to take advantage of winning opportunities is essential if these girls are to maintain a top two position on the ladder that would position them well for finals.
Goals to Grace Basser-Silk (2), Jacqui Alferink (2), Ella Brown
Ladder Position: 2nd ( – )
Youth Men: Boomerangs 2 – 4 Sydney City Eagles (ht 0-3)
The youth men started this match poorly, allowing the home side to score two goals early, and from that stage, the lads were chasing the game. A third scored by the Eagles in the first half made the task even more difficult for the second. A lift in intensity immediately after the break had the youth claw back two of the three goals in deficit by the ten-minute mark, but a fourth soon after to the Eagles seemed to take the wind out of the visitor’s sails. The teams traded blows for the final ten minutes, but with both ‘keepers doing well to not concede during that period, the match was settled as a victory to the home team resulting in the first loss of the season to the Boomerangs youth men and dropping them from top spot on the ladder.
Goals to Jayde James-Ward, Johnny O’Gorman
Ladder Position: 2nd (down from1st)
Open Women: Boomerangs 10 – 1 Sydney City Eagles (ht 5-1)
The Open women’s team were not at all challenged during this 10-1 romp over a home team that was light on personnel. Five quality goals in the first half saw the match all but over and with the Boomers women all lining up to take shots in the second, the match could well have blown out more. The inability to bother the scorer for the final eight minutes of the match made the result closer than what it could have been.
Goals to Liv Gurney (3), Ash Garrity (3), Michaela Day (2), Alex Martens and Isobel D’Amico
Ladder Position: 1st (up from 2nd)
Open Men: Boomerangs 2 – 4 Sydney City Eagles (ht 1-2)
This competition can change from week to week, and last week’s dominant performance was wiped from the memory after this tough match against a strong Eagles outfit. A depleted Boomers men (missing four regular starters) worked hard against the Eagles, but defensive lapses were punished by the home team that was ruthless and unforgiving in front of goals.
The men’s league ladder is very tight with little separating the top five teams. The men will need to make the most of each of the six remaining regular season games to ensure a top-four finish and a shot at finals futsal and the Grand Final.
Goals to Jono Ciminelli, Elie Darwich
Ladder Position: 4th (down from 2nd)
A reasonable day out for the club, falling just short of expectations with an even share of the competition points with the Eagles of four wins a piece and a solitary draw. The Boomerangs female teams continue to bring home solid results and competition points, with some of the male teams needing to lift a little to remain competitive and to make finals at season’s end. Eight of the nine teams remain with a realistic expectation of a top-four finish (and a couple aspiring for a Premiership) but will rely on continuing good results for the remaining six rounds of the competition.
Check out the Club Championship after eight weeks of the 17/18 competition.
To check out the photos of this round head to the Boomerangs photo site.