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FFA 2016 Nationals FINAL WRAP

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Twelve ACT Boomerangs teams entered… One hundred and fifteen players selected… Thirty coaches and support staff…  Hundreds of parents, grand parents, brothers, sisters and other supporters… Sixty plus pool games played… Two quarter finals and seven semi finals made… One Grand Final contested.

[For photos of the week’s matches, please visit the Boomerangs photo site and the FNSW Official Facebook page.]

Yet another massive effort by the Boomerangs club, working in conjunction with the ACT football federation, Capital Football, to assemble 12 teams to participate the annual FFA Futsal Nationals in Sydney from January 4-8, 2016. In addition, Capital Football sent its representative AWD team (athletes with a disability) to compete in the eight team AWD division, which was well supported by the travelling ACT contingent. Continue reading “FFA 2016 Nationals FINAL WRAP”

FFA 2016 Nationals Day 4 Wrap

Day 4 of the 2016 FFA Futsal Nationals saw ACT teams compete in a final seven pool matches and in eight quarter and semi finals.

It is at about this time of a Nationals Tournament that the pressure starts to rise and the tough week starts to take its toll. The pressure of finishing in the top four – preferably as high as possible so as not to face off against the strongest team in the semi-final. There is also a growing number of vocal and demonstrative supporters (and coaching staff) at each of the matches. This can be quite daunting to the younger age groups. Continue reading “FFA 2016 Nationals Day 4 Wrap”

FFA 2016 Nationals Day 3 Wrap

Day 3 of the 2016 FFA Futsal Nationals saw ACT teams compete in a further 24 matches – mainly across two venues, Valentine Sports Park and Penrith Valley Sports Centre. Dural hosted a limited number of matches only due to rain leakages affecting a couple of courts.

It was yet another fabulous day of high quality futsal, demonstrating all the positives of the indoor game, whilst bringing together the competing States and Territories (and guest internationals), in the spirit of competition. The participating players, from as young as nine years of age, through to 19 year olds, have all competed in a positive spirit and represented with pride – they will all go home with great memories of this week.

The ACT Boomerangs results in summary: Continue reading “FFA 2016 Nationals Day 3 Wrap”

FFA 2016 Nationals Day 2 Wrap

Day 2 of the 2016 FFA Futsal Nationals saw ACT teams compete in a further 21 matches on a Sydney day that pelted down with heavy rain to match the deluge of goals across the many National Futsal Championship matches played. The rain was so heavy that several matches had to be rescheduled to other venues later in the day and well into the evening.

For the competing ACT teams, this was a much improved second day as the players settled into the tournament and started enjoying their games – along with this came more positive results.

In summary: Continue reading “FFA 2016 Nationals Day 2 Wrap”

FFA 2016 Nationals Day 1 Wrap

Day 1 of the 2016 FFA Futsal Nationals saw the ACT teams compete in 19 matches across ten age groups (incl AWD) and saw probably fewer victories than had been anticipated and a few shock losses for strong ACT teams expected to do well this Championship. In summary:

The 12 Girls had a win and a loss from their two matches, with Emma Ilijoski shining in front of goals in game one.

12 Boys White (development squad) were on the wrong end of a couple of big scorelines, but showed a lot of promise and heart, and potential (including a second Ilijoski registering multiple goals on the score sheet).

12 Boys Blue lost a very tight encounter against front runners, NSW Thunder, but in the process demonstrated far more positives than negatives. Continue reading “FFA 2016 Nationals Day 1 Wrap”

FFA Futsal Nationals 2016 – Preview

After a solid showing at the 2015 FFA National Futsal Championships, the Boomerangs club is working with Capital Football to send twelve teams to the 2016 edition in Sydney from January 4-8.

The Championships are being held across four venues in Sydney with pool matches being played at Valentine Park (Football NSW headquarters and Sydney’s premier futsal centre), Dural Sport and Leisure Centre and at Penrith Valley Regional Sports Centre.  Friday 8 January will see the finals played at Sydney Olympic Park.

In addition to representation from all Australian mainland states, the Solomon Islands will also have boys teams represented in the U12 and U14 age groups. This will provide an opportunity for ACT futsal players to not only take on the best teams in the country, but to also test themselves against a formidable international opposition. Continue reading “FFA Futsal Nationals 2016 – Preview”

FFA Nationals 2015 FINAL WRAP

Five weeks to organise… Nine teams entered… Ninety players committed… Twenty coaches and support staff… Fifty one games played… Five quarter/semi finals made… Two Grand Finals contested… One Championship won.

After a herculean effort by the Boomerangs club, a squad of nine teams was assembled to compete in the annual FFA Futsal Nationals in Sydney from January 5-9, 2015. For as long as any of the current crop of players can remember, the Futsal Nationals had been played in their home town, so this was a totally new experience for the vast majority of the players and the supporters.

Many of the players were regular Boomerangs NSW State League players, however, many others needed to be recruited to make up the numbers and to fill age groups not matching those in the FNSW State League. Continue reading “FFA Nationals 2015 FINAL WRAP”

FFA Futsal Championships 2015

Some ninety Canberra region players, eighteen coaching staff and a handful of volunteers are making their way up the Hume Highway to compete as Boomerangs FS in the FFA Futsal Nationals of 2015.

This year’s event (5-9 January) has seen a number of changes from the most recent years where firstly, the Nationals have mostly been held in Canberra (each year for most of the past 20 years), secondly, Boomerangs FS is representing the Capital with Capital Football supporting the AWD team, and thirdly, Football NSW is the host and organising Federation, having assumed the role from Capital Football.

With only a very short time frame to put the teams together (some five weeks), the Boomerangs coaches and volunteers have done a sensational job in harnessing their combined efforts to ensure nine teams of ten players each will be able to compete in this years’ FFA Nationals.

Canberra has a proud history in the FFA Nationals with regular finals appearances and a number of national championships across a range of age groups over many years. Most notably, the ACT (Capital Football sponsored teams), are the current holder of the Open Men’s and Open Women’s Championship trophies, and this will remain unchanged as the FFA has decided to no longer include Open Age categories at these championships (instead utilising the F-League as an avenue for elite senior futsal player), and having Youth (Men and Women), and U23’s (Men and Women) as the uppermost age groups.

Boomerangs FS wishes all its players, coaches and helpers (including the travelling parents) the best for the week, and are confident of a number of finals appearances from across the age groups being contested.

Boomerangs FS are sending to the Championships:

12 Boys (2 x teams)
12 Girls
14 Boys
15 Boys
16 Girls
Youth Men (2 x teams)
Youth Women

Follow the action via the Boomerangs Facebook page and Twitter account as well as the @futsalchamps Twitter account and of course on Sporting Pulse.

2015 FFA Futsal Nationals

* Note – Regular Updates regarding the 2015 FFA Futsal Nationals will be posted HERE.


Boomerangs FS is pleased to be able to advise that the club has been approached to participate in the FFA Futsal National Championships being held in Sydney (in January), as an ‘invitational club’.

Participation is subject to Capital Football approval; however discussions with them so far have been very positive. The club has indicated to Football NSW and to Capital Football that it has the capacity to send teams in all age groups offered at the Championships.

In line with this commitment, we are seeking expressions of interest from players to participate at the Futsal Nationals (January 5-9, 2015). Age groups being played at the Nationals are as follows:

– Boys U12, U13, U14, U15, U16, Youth (U19) and U23 Men

– Girl’s U12,U14, U16, Youth Women (U19) and U23 Women

The competition will be spread across four different venues, being Valentine Sports Park (23s and AWD), Dural Sport & Leisure Centre (U16 and Youth), Hawkesbury Indoor Stadium (U12-U15) and Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre (Finals)

The time frame to make arrangements (such as planning training sessions, ordering strips etc) and assemble teams is very short. As such, we are seeking expressions of interest by no later than 12pm, Thursday November 27. (Please send confirmation emails to jenney@boomerangsfs.com and cc to info@boomerangsfs.com.au).

The cost to participate in the Futsal Nationals as a Boomerangs player will be approximately $550 per player – this is pending final confirmation of entry fees and other costs. The participation fee will include the following:

– Training sessions

– Home and away playing strip

– Polo shirt, walkout shorts, backpack

– Qualified coaches

– Team entry fees

– Travelling physiotherapist

Please note that these costs do NOT include transport, food and accommodation for the championships period to provide maximum flexibility for families. We are currently looking at options for inexpensive accommodation, however families will be free to choose the travel and accommodation option that best suits their circumstances.

Once expressions of interest have been collated an email will be sent to all players informing them of potential trials/training times and venue for their age group.

A reminder that expressions of interest are required  by 12pm Thursday 27 November.