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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 ( – )

13 GIRLS:
Boomerangs 3 – 3 Southern Districts Raiders (ht  1 – 2)
The 13 girls have been edging their way into the top four over the past few rounds, and this match against top of the table SD Raiders was to be one of their biggest tests on the run home.  In their earlier meeting this season, the Boomers girls were only narrowly defeated 4-3 and were hopeful of being able to compete strongly against this quality side.

The visitors started the game the stronger and went into the break with a single goal lead – no doubt hoping to build on that in the second stanza. However, the Boomers girls came out of the huddle with a sense of determination and were looking good across the second twenty minutes. After going further behind 3-1 early in the half, they fought their way back into the match, getting it back to all square with enough time to score again. The SD Raiders defence held firm though and managed to withstand the momentum that was firmly running with the home side.

A draw against the top team should be satisfying, but the girls know they have it in them to defeat this team, should they meet again in finals.
Goals to Reilly Yuen, Sofia Palywoda, Maya Osmond
Ladder Position: 5th ( -1 )

14 BOYS:
Boomerangs 1 – 8 Southern Districts Raiders (ht 1 – 6)
The 14 boys knew they were going to have a tough match against the SD Raiders – a team sharing top spot with the Taipans in this age group. The boys matched up very well against this team when they met in Fairfield in Round 5, however, the visitors brought their shooting boots with them to the AIS for this round and the Boomers defence felt the brunt of their attack.

The sides were evenly matched in the first period of play – trading blows and goals to be all square ten minutes in. The SD Raiders then breached the Boomers defences repeatedly in the next ten minutes of play to put another five goals on the scoresheet.  The match was lost in this period of play.

The second half was more controlled and structured and the Boomers defence started to work as it should. The young Boomers did well to only concede a further two goals, but could not register further goals in the second half to reduce the deficit.
Goal to Tom Barbatano
Ladder Position: 7th ( – )

15 GIRLS:
Boomerangs 2 – 3 Southern Districts Raiders (ht 2 – 2)
The 15 girls have been pace-setters of this competition for most of the season, and as such are a target for all other teams in the competition – especially those that are desperate to secure a top-four finals spot. This was the case for the visiting SD Raiders, a team that sat in sixth spot, just three points outside the top four and one of five clubs looking to lock in positions three and four at the end of the regulr season.

In Round 5, earlier this season, the travelling Boomerangs easily dealt with the SD Raiders, to the tune of a 6-1 victory. This time, however, the SD Raiders were up for the challenge and played well throughout the 40 minutes. Indeed, they scored the opening two goals of the match in the first seven minutes of play, and it took all of the Boomers effort to grab those two goals back by the half-time break.

However much they tried – and whatever plans they executed – the 15s could not grab back the lead after the visitors scored their third soon after the break. A loss for the girls sees them needing to win both their final matches if they hare to have any chance of topping the league – and hope that Raiders Futsal drop one of their remaining matches.
Goals to Stefi Lejins, Elke Aitolu
Ladder Position: 2nd ( –1 )

16 BOYS:
Boomerangs 5 – 1 Southern Districts Raiders (ht 2 – 0)
The 16 boys were hopeful of an easier match this round taking on a bottom-placed SD Raiders team that had won only two matches so far this season.

And that is, indeed, how the match played out. Probably one of the less testing matches of the season for the boys, but they did have to work hard throughout as the visitors kept them to just two first-half goals. A step up in intensity for the second half saw the home side rattle up another three to the visitors single.

A solid hit out, that sees the team remain in second position on the competition ladder,  and with only two matches left in the season to accrue competition points – unless top placed Taipans slip up – second is where they will finish the season.
Goals to  Odhran Traynor, Zane McAlpine, Luca Macor, Murphy Shaw, Bailey Sorenson
Ladder Position: 2nd ( – )

18 WOMEN:
Boomerangs 0 – 1 Southern Districts Raiders (ht 0 – 0)
The 18 women’s match was tough and defensive and saw both side’s defences outshine the offensive tactics of the other. This was a contest of second on the ladder playing third, and it was clear that the teams were very closely matched.

In a toughly fought contest in round five, the teams could only be separated by a single goal (3-2) with the home side taking the spoils on the back of a hattrick to their goal-scoring machine, Vesna Milivocevic. Whilst the Boomers ladies marked Milivocecic tightly throughout the match, it was again a goal from her boot that gave them the match.

With two games left in the season, the 18s will need to triumph over Phoenix next week to stop their march up the ladder and to try and lock in spots two or three and avoid a semi-final clash with competition’s front-runner, Raiders Futsal.  
Ladder Position: 3rd ( -1 )

YOUTH MEN:
Boomerangs 6 – 5 Southern Districts Raiders (ht 2 – 2)
The youth men’s match was promising to be a cracker of a game with the league’s top two teams battling it out for bragging rights – and for positioning themselves to take the premiership at season’s end.

And the game certainly lived up to its promise – with an end to end, highly skilful and highly entertaining match, that the combination of fitness, skills and testosterone brings.

The visitors opened the scoring in the first half and closed out the first period with their second. The middle period of play though was largely dominated by the home side who scored two goals in quick succession. A 2-2 scoreline at the break ensured the excitement continued into the second half.

The Boomers youth powered out of the break and slotted home three goals in the first six minutes to which the travellers replied with one a few minutes later. The remainder of the match saw an increased defensive effort by the Boomers youth trying to protect their lead. Fifth man power play (a staple in most SD Raiders teams’ arsenals) was employed and the match ended with a single goal advantage to the Boomers after SD Raiders scored their final goal in the 39th minute.

A cracker of a match – worthy of its top-of-the-table status – and one which will give each team some valuable insight into the other for when finals approach.
Goals to Jayde James-Ward, Nic Felizzi, Luca Macor, Leon Michl, Parsa Tabatabaei, og
Ladder Position: 1st ( +1 )

OPEN WOMEN:
Boomerangs 4 – 2 Southern Districts Raiders (ht 3 – 0)
The Boomerangs women continue to be full of confidence and are able to take on any challenge thrown at them this season. The SD Raiders women, whilst full of skilful players and potential, have struggled to string together wins this season, despite having some significant player talent.

The women took control of the match from the first whistle and scored three unanswered in the first 25 minutes. They continued to look the better of the sides into the second period of play, but the visitors were able to pierce their defences and knock home two goals midway through the second period to put some pressure on the home side.

The Boomers women though did withstand the extra pressure and held off to secure a reasonably comfortable 4-2 victory that secures their position on the top of the table (with an unassailable eight-point buffer) and the Premiership. All that remains for this group is to fine-tune their tactics, rest up the injured and prepare for a finals series at the end of January.
Goals to Ellie Raymond (2), Rachael Corbett, Stella De Marco
Ladder Position: 1st ( – )

OPEN MEN:
Boomerangs 4 – 4 Southern Districts Raiders (ht 2 – 1)
The men’s match against SD Raiders back in round five was a terrific clash that saw the home side grab the points with a single goal victory. The two teams seemed fairly evenly matched – and this appeared to be the case again heading into this match.

The home side came out of the blocks with more pace and intent and were able to take a 2-1 lead into the halftime break – courtesy of a Ben Basser-Silk goal and a sweetly converted free kick by Daniel Giovinazzo on the cusp of the break – not a minute after the visitors themselves had missed a ten metre penalty opportunity.

The start of the second half saw the Boomerangs again with the more energy and intent and a double to Michael Rinaudo opened up a three-goal lead.

The visitors bravely took the initiative playing without a keeper with around seventeen minutes still to play in the match. Their fifth man power plays were patient, without too many errors, and importantly for them, successful. Over the remaining period, they scored three goals without their goal protected to bring the match back to all square at 4-4.

A very evenly contested match, with astute use of tactics and player substitutions by both teams — and a very entertaining match to watch.

This leaves the Boomerangs men again outside the top four, with the need to win both remaining matches – against Phoenix (3rd) and West City Crusaders (4th) – if they wish to play finals futsal in January.
Goals to Mikey Rinaudo (2), Daniel Giovinazzo, Ben Basser-Silk 
Ladder Position: 5th ( – )

NEXT WEEK
Next week the club is again at home – for the final time this season – for a critical round of matches against Phoenix Futsal.

After the Round 12 matches, the Boomerangs FS lead at the top of the PL2 Club Championship has diminished and now sits at just five points (ahead of Raiders Futsal) and only a further five points behind lurk Phoenix Futsal — meaning the race for promotion to PL1 has become a more challenging prospect.  SD Raiders sit a further four points behind, 14 points behind Boomerangs, and likely a little too far behind to catch up in two rounds. The first challenge for the club is to win as many competition points from Phoenix Futsal as possible and to go into the final round of competition (against West City Crusaders) with a Club Championship lead.

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 Futsal Cup Quarter Final

After defeating Raiders Futsal in the Round of 16, the 2018 FNSW Futsal Cup draw had the Boomerangs senior men’s side scheduled to take on Dural Warriors in the Quarter Finals on 14 November 2018.

Dural Warriors had defeated Eastern Suburbs Hakoah in the opening round to progress to the final eight and had been in some solid form so far this season, dropping only five competition points (one loss, one draw) in the FNSW PL1 competition across the first half of the season to sit on top of the league ladder.

Dural has traditionally been a strong PL1 men’s team and is usually littered with Australian representative players. They are also coached by the most recent Australian Futsalroos coach.

Over the years – both in PL1 and in the F-League – it would be fair to say that Dural has had the best of matchups against Boomerangs men’s team, however, on nearly all occasions the matches are close, tight and entertaining tussles, where high-quality futsal is played.

This match was no different, with the travelling Boomerangs (with players having driven three hours to Valentine Park after a day’s work or schooling) starting the match strongly and having the best of the first five or so minutes of the match. However, as Dural settled into their rhythm, they ‘owned’ the ball far more than the Boomerangs and were camped for much of the remainder of the first half in their offensive end.

The Boomerangs men defended extremely well, with their team hussle-defence working well with each player supporting others. A 0-0 half-time score representing the fine work they did in protecting their goals.

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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)
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FNSW 18/19 PL2 R5 Wrap

Round 5 of the 18/19 Football NSW Premier League 2 competition had the Boomerangs club on the road again, this time to the home of Southern Districts (SD) Raiders at the Fairfield Youth and Leisure Centre. SD Raiders are relatively new to the FNSW PL futsal competition and were promoted from last season’s State League to compete this year in PL2. As the two clubs had never previously met in any age group, it was difficult to predict the outcomes of these matches.

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 club arranged a match for the 9/10 boys against UTS Northside at Dee Why. A group of enthusiastic players, driven by dedicated parents and coached by Ollie McCarthy and Parsa Tabatabaei, drove the extra hour or so to take on UTS. The boys reportedly played very solidly against a tough and unwielding UTS boys side, and accounted for themselves well.

The 11 boys and 11/12 girls started the day’s action at Fairfield on small courts against local SD Raiders opposition. Both matches were fast, and exciting, with the boys conceding a few more than they scored, and the girls accounting for themselves very well scoring some terrific goals and defending well. Both teams played well in stages, but need to put together complete forty minute games so as not to provide an opportunity for the opposition to so freely score goals!

12 Boys: Boomerangs 1 – 11 SD Raiders (ht 1 – 6)
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FNSW Futsal Cup Round of 16

The 2018 FNSW Futsal Cup draw had both Boomerangs senior men’s and women’s teams scheduled to take on Raiders Futsal in the Round of 16 on 23 October 2018.

Raiders v Boomerangs FS Women
The women’s match kicked off proceedings at 7 pm with a close to full-strength women’s team heading up the Hume Highway late Tuesday afternoon. After their weekend league result (9-1 victory) over Sydney City Eagles fresh on their mind, the ladies were chock-full of confidence. The earlier clash between Boomerangs and Raiders in Round 1 of the PL2 competition saw the Boomerangs prevail 3-1.

The Raiders though thought nothing of the form guide and hit the court full of vigour and determination. The match was evenly-poised a minute from half-time at one goal apiece, however, two quick goals before the break swung the momentum back in Raiders favour.

The second half saw a Continue reading “FNSW Futsal Cup Round of 16”

FNSW 18/19 PL2 R4 Wrap

Round four of the 18/19 Football NSW Premier League 2 competition had the Boomerangs club at home for the first time this season, hosting stalwart FNSW PL club Sydney City Eagles. It was terrific to be playing at the AIS once again and certainly nice to not have to travel up the highway after the three consecutive away rounds to kick off the season.

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 10 and 11 boys took on Sydney City Eagles 11 boys team in two matches preceding the competitive matches of the day. The 11 boys matched up well with the Eagles and put together some sparkling play, giving some hint as to their future capabilities. The 10 boys found it a bit tougher, but again showed many positive signs against a tough (and older) opposition.

The Eagles club does not have an 11/12 girls development team, so the early match of the day had the Boomers 11/12 girls take on the 9 boys, in what was mostly a one-sided affair with the bigger and stronger girls dominating for long periods.

12 Boys: Boomerangs 0 – 7 Sydney City Eagles (ht 0 – 4)
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