Mid-season rounds critical

The Boomerangs women’s and men’s F-League teams face eight critical matches over the eight days from July 2.

Each team will play four matches during this period – all at home – and will be looking for positive results. For the women’s team, this means consolidating their position at the top of the table, and for the men, an opportunity to bag some much-needed wins.

The Boomerangs F-League Women’s team take on South Brisbane on July 2 (4.00pm), and Galaxy FC July 3 (8.00am), before facing off in a local derby with Untouchables on Friday night July 8 (8.15pm) and then taking on Vic Vipers at midday on Saturday July 9.

The Queensland teams will both be travelling to Canberra after last weekend each splitting their Victorian trip (to Bayside Pirates and Vic Vipers). South Brisbane, an historically strong women’s team, is currently sitting in third position on the ladder with ten competition points from their three wins, one draw and one loss so far this season (to Vic Vipers). Women’s F-League debutants, Galaxy FC, are in fourth place, behind their sunshine state compatriots on goal difference alone. Galaxy have delivered some perplexing results this season with a win over the table-topping Dural Warriors and last weekend, going down to bottom-of-the-table Bayside Pirates. The Boomerangs women currently sit in second place (12 points) behind Dural Warriors on four wins and two losses (both losses to Dural Warriors).

The following weekend sees the ladies in what will be a hard-fought local derby against NC Untouchables. The Untouchable women have started the season slowly, but have more recently been showing some better form, notching a win and a draw in recent weeks. This Friday night game will be followed on the Saturday morning by another tough match against the Vic Vipers – a team that the Boomers ladies fought out a tough battle with a few weeks ago – taking out the match by the narrowest of margins 4-3 at the Victoria Futsal Centre.

There are no more easy matches for the Boomerangs women in the final eight matches of the season – and with half of these being played over the upcoming week, a return of three or four wins is needed to keep sight of the top of the table.

For the Boomerangs F-League Men’s team, they will need to register wins across these four upcoming matches if they are any hope of making the finals. Previous seasons have typically seen fourth place on the ladder have a minimum of eight wins (from fourteen played). Hopes are high, as this is the first time this season the team will be up against an opposition not in the top half of the ladder – the draw being particularly unkind to the Boomers men for the first five rounds of this year’s competition.

This weekend sees the lads taking on the visiting Queenslanders – South Brisbane (one win, four losses) on Saturday evening and Galaxy FC (one win, one draw, four losses) early Sunday morning. Galaxy are currently in fifth position on the ladder, while their Brisbane team mates are in sixth (behind on goal difference).

The following Friday/Saturday sees the team, like their female club mates, match up against NC Untouchables on the Friday night, and the undefeated Vic Vipers for a second time this season on the Saturday afternoon. The aim is for three wins from these four matches to get some much-needed momentum for the back end of the season.

For both teams, this cluster of four home games shapes up as season-defining. The players and coaching staff will be doing all in their power to bring home positive results.