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FNSW PL2 R12 Wrap

Round 12 of the 17/18 Premier League 2 season was at home, played in the air-conditioned comfort of the AIS sports halls against a club sitting second in the Club Championship for the season, Raiders Futsal.

To check out the photos of this round head to the Boomerangs photo site.

Development Squad Matches
There were two development squad matches played as a precursor to the competitive matches against Raiders. The first was an intra-cub match between the 10 development boys and the 11/12 development girls followed by the 11 boys playing in a terrifically competitive match against local side Gungahlin.

12 Boys: Boomerangs 1 – 0 Raiders (ht 0 – 0)
The 12 boys were up against a Raiders outfit that has struggled a little this season and like the Boomer’s youngest competitive team had only had two wins prior to this round. A very close match was expected; and was delivered. No goals were created in the first period of play, and whilst the second saw more shots on goals, the conversions were limited to one goal by the home side’s Nick Pratezina giving them a win by the slimmest of margins.  The two remaining matches of the season for these lads are against top four teams, so they will need to be playing their best to record more competition points for the season.
Goal to Nick Pratezina
Ladder Position: 6th ( – )

13 Girls: Boomerangs 0 – 2 Raiders (ht 0 – 2)
The 13 girls were expecting – and received – a tough match against second-placed Raiders – a team that has lost only two matches this season. The home side certainly put in a terrific effort, especially in the second half, to limit the goal-scoring opportunities to a minimum for the skilful visiting team that will do well in finals. The final two matches of the season sees clashes with a top-four team in Hakoah and bottom-placed Mt Druitt.  The girls will need to be more productive at the offensive end to record wins from these final two matches.
Ladder Position: 5th ( – )

14 Boys: Boomerangs 6 – 7 Raiders (ht 3 – 3)
This was a cracker of a match played at top speed for the entire 40 minutes. The teams sat one position apart on the competition ladder and this was reflected in the closeness of the match. Some cracking high quality goals from both teams saw a highly entertaining, end to end game. The final result could have gone either way, but as the whistle blew the visitors had done enough to secure the two points. With results of other matches favourable, the Boomers 14s are finals-bound but will need two good outings from the final rounds to give them momentum going into the finals series.
Goals to Bailey Sorenson (2), Odhran Traynor, Ethan Yuen, Keiran Allen, Thomas Barbatano
Ladder Position: 4th ( – )

15 Girls: Boomerangs 3 – 0 Raiders (ht 1 – 0)
The 15 girls just keep improving every week and even this, the most difficult of contests against a team that has lost just one match all season (to the Boomers in Round 5), proved that they can lift above the level of the opposition when called on. An arm wrestle of a first half saw only the single goal to the home side, but an increase in defensive work rate and offensive pressure in the second stanza saw two further goals scored and none conceded, letting the Raiders girls know that the finals battle will be a tough one when they no doubt meet in the post-season championship series. It will take an extremely good team to knock these Boomerangs girls off the high platform they have built for themselves this season.
Goals to Stella De Marco (2), Ellen Brown
Ladder Position: 1st ( – )

16 Boys: Boomerangs 4 – 1 Raiders (ht 3 – 0)
As regularly reported, the 16 boys have had a fairly ordinary season based on results to date. Prior to this match, they were one solitary win, three draws and seven losses from the eleven rounds played. Raiders, on the other hand, had only lost two matches prior to this round 12 clash and were sitting comfortably in third place on the competition ladder.  However, when the whistle blew to start the match, the form guide was thrown out the window as the home side blasted to an early three-goal lead, and from there controlled the game across the court to not allow the visiting Raiders back into the match. A superb defensive effort in the second period stopped any chance of a resurgence by the Raiders, who, with this loss, have dented their hopes of a top-two finish.
Goals to Lachlan Choundary, Ollie McCarthy, Andrew Noack, Fabian Olivares
Ladder Position: 7th ( – )

18 Girls: Boomerangs 5 – 4 Raiders (ht 1 – 3)
It was a definite case of ‘a game of two halves’ in this top-of-the-table clash with the visitors getting off to a great start in the first 20, with three goals (all to Cassidy Chidgey) to a single by the home team. Not to be outdone though, the Boomerangs 18s came out from the break fired up and with a deal of positiveness that saw them defend strongly and convert their opportunities in the front-court. A great team effort across the board by the girls saw them take the second half 4-1 and the match 5-4, with Jacqui Alferink matching the four-goal haul of the visiting Chidgey. A super effort from the girls against the other serious contender for the premiership and grand final championship. The result though did not change the ladder and sees the Boomers 18s now within a slim two points of the Raiders who remain atop the competition ladder despite this loss.
Goals to Jacqui Alferink (4), Ellen Brown
Ladder Position: 2nd ( – )

Youth Men: Boomerangs 2 – 3 Raiders (ht 1 – 1)
The youth men have known for a while that they have a fairly tough road home and needed two out of three wins as a minimum to be sure of a finals spot for season 17-18. Unfortunately, the start of the post-Christmas portion of the season did not go to plan and the visitors forced their way to a win by the slimmest of margins. There was little separating the teams at half-time with a lot of ‘niggle’, both on and off the ball and four yellow cards meted out by the officials during the opening stanza.  This loss to Raiders sees the visitors retain their top spot on the ladder, while the Boomers youth slip down to fifth and will need results against both Hakoah in Round 13 and Mt Druitt in the final regular round of the season if they wish to participate in finals futsal for season 17-18.
Goals to Elie Darwich (2)
Ladder Position:  5th (down from 4th )

Open Women: Boomerangs 2 – 1 Raiders (ht 1 – 1)
This clash saw the top of the table Boomerangs up against a team in fifth place and keen to win to get themselves in the frame for finals. The match opened with both teams looking conservative and focussing on defence rather than scoring. An opening goal to Miki Day in the tenth minute saw the game open up slightly, resulting in a reply by the Raiders some three minutes later. It remained one all as the halftime break was called. The Boomerangs women started the second half with intent and it was Liv Gurney who slotted one past the Raiders’ custodian just two minutes into the period. The game was an arm wrestle for the remainder of the second half with both teams creating opportunities, but not converting due to the strength of the respective defences. The final score – a narrow win for the Boomers – sees them retain top spot on the ladder and leaves the Raiders looking for additional points to leapfrog Sydney Futsal Club into the top four.
Goals to Miki Day, Liv Gurney
Ladder Position: 1st ( – )

Open Men: Boomerangs 2 – 3 Raiders (ht 0 – 0)
Matches between these two teams are always exciting, full of speed, and often with a bit of rough and tumble. It’s important to note though, that the while the matches are played hard and with a high level of energy, there is always a great respect and appreciation for the quality of the opposition.

Prior to this round, the tight top five of the competition ladder had the Boomerangs and Raiders on the same points (8 wins/3 losses), with the slight advantage to the Boomers by way of goal difference. Both teams were a mere two points adrift of Sydney City Eagles on 26 points and only two points ahead of Phoenix and Hakoah on 22. Wins at this time of the season are critical to ensure a top-four finish (with the five top teams still in contention), and indeed for the battle for the minor premiership.

It was in this context that the encounter took place, ensuring that the first period of the match became an arm wrestle where neither side wanted to concede goals or be on the wrong end of the match momentum.  As is usually the case though, the second half saw the match open up as both teams stretched themselves, seeking goals and a win.

The visitor’s captain opened the scoring five minutes into the second period to take the lead – which sparked the home team into action, countering with two quick-fire goals in reply, to first level it up, and then take the lead themselves. The following ten minutes saw some powerful and physical futsal with both sides throwing themselves into the task of winning the match.  The Raiders drew level with a goal to youth player Jalloh Hassan with a tense nine minutes remaining to be played. Multiple opportunities for both sides were parried by the respective keepers, or off target as defences looked to hold firm, until two minutes from the final whistle when Raiders took their unassailable lead.

A cracking, physical match which provided the Raiders with the three competition points to take them to second on the competition ladder with the Boomerangs men slipping to fourth with two tough matches to finish the regular season to ensure they lock in a finals spot.
Goals to Michael Rinaudo, Elie Darwich 
Ladder Position: 4th  (down from 2nd)

A winning day for the club with five wins and four losses against the club that sits one spot above on the Club Championship table. Wins consolidate finals aspirations for the 14 boys, 15 girls, 18 girls and women with both the youth and men’s teams still needing wins from the final two rounds to shore up participation in a finals campaign.

Check out the Club Championship after twelve rounds of the 17/18 competition – it sees the club hold on to the third spot, still behind Eastern Suburbs Hakoah and Raiders Futsal.

Round 13 sees the Boomerangs club travel to Alexandria to take on Eastern Suburbs Hakoah before a final home round on February 3rd against Mt Druitt Town Rangers.

To check out the photos of this round head to the Boomerangs photo site.

FNSW PL2 R11 Wrap

Round eleven of the 17/18 Premier League 2 season was away at the Hornsby PCYC taking on the Phoenix Futsal Club.

To check out the photos of this round head to the Boomerangs photo site.

Development Squad Matches
There were two development squad matches played against Phoenix prior to the competitive matches – the 11/12 girls and the 10/11 boys. Both games were highly entertaining and of good quality – and it is apparent that these young Boomers are developing well as the season progresses. The girls dominated their match – especially in the second half, with the Phoenix boys putting up a strong effort against the travelling Boomerangs youngsters.

12 Boys: Boomerangs 2 – 1 Phoenix (ht 1 – 1)
The 12 boys were up against a Phoenix team that has struggled this season,  but still had some quality players hitting the court.  The boys were first to score and managed to hold that lead till around halfway through the first period. One all at the break and the match was there for the taking by both teams.  The second half was Continue reading “FNSW PL2 R11 Wrap”

FNSW PL2 R10 Wrap

Round ten of the 17/18 Premier League 2 season was an away round to the Central Coast to take on the Central Coast Futsal Club at the Peninsula Leisure Centre in Woy Woy.

To check out the photos of this round head to the Boomerangs photo site.

Development Squad Matches
There were no development squad matches played against Central Coast opposition this round.

12 Boys: Boomerangs 5 – 11 Central Coast (ht 2-5)
The 12 boys were involved in a goal-fest featuring 16 goals to open the day’s proceedings in Woy Woy. They matched it early with the home team, but let down their guard a little to concede easy goals to be down at the break 2-5. After scoring early in the second half the boys then conceded a couple close together giving the momentum back to the home team – which they capitalised by going on a scoring rampage in the final ten minutes. The Boomers boys will be Continue reading “FNSW PL2 R10 Wrap”

FNSW PL2 R9 Wrap

Round nine of the 17/18 Premier League 2 season had the club at home to Sydney Futsal Club. Earlier this season, away in Sydney, the club took home six wins from the nine matches, going down in the 12 and 16 boys and the open women. The aim for this round was to improve on that result.

To check out the photos of this round head to the Boomerangs photo site.

Development Squad Matches
The 10 boys played a scratch match against local side Gungahlin. It was a highly competitive and skilful game that saw both sides put together some terrific periods of play. The 11 boys took on a visiting Sydney Futsal club side in what was again a close, well matched and highly entertaining game. There was no match for the 11/12 girls.

12 Boys: Boomerangs 0 – 0 Sydney Futsal Club
Earlier this season the Boomers 12 boys were humbled by this strong Sydney futsal club team and were determined not to let them score so freely this round. The boys started strongly and were defending well as a unit in front of stand-in keeper Liam Cook.  The match was evenly poised when Continue reading “FNSW PL2 R9 Wrap”

FNSW PL2 R8 Wrap

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 Continue reading “FNSW PL2 R8 Wrap”

FNSW PL2 R7 Wrap

Round seven of the 17/18 season saw the club travel to Mt Druitt for nine competitive matches against the Town Rangers. Round seven sees the halfway point of the season, and ladder positions after this round will be a reasonable indication of what will be required for a top four finish for each of the nine competitive Boomerangs teams. Mt Druitt has had a fairly poor season so far by their own standards and they were looking for some redemption before the first half of the season was over.

To check out the photos of this round head to the Boomerangs photo site.

Development Squad Matches
Mt Druitt could not offer matches for the Boomerangs development squads, so matches were organised for the 10 boys and 11 boys at Morris Iemma Sports Centre and at Valentine Park. The 11/12 girls did not have an away match this weekend, but several of them contributed to the great performance of the 13 girls.

12 Boys: Boomerangs 1 – 4 Mt Druitt (ht 0-2)
On paper, the 12 boys had the toughest assignment of the day. The Mt Druitt 12s have had a fairly decent season so far, having accrued four wins from the first six rounds resulting in them being placed third on the competition ladder. Continue reading “FNSW PL2 R7 Wrap”

FNSW PL2 R6 Wrap

Round six of the 17/18 FNSW Premier League 2 competition had the club at home against the Eastern Suburbs Hakoah Club from Sydney. After round five, Hakoah had a narrow lead in the Club Championship and look to be strong across all age groups. The challenge for the day then would be to see how the Boomerangs club measured up once again against one of the stronger clubs in this season’s PL2 competition.

To check out the photos of this round head to the Boomerangs photo site.

Development Squad Matches
Hakoah brought with them the full complement of development squads to play games against the ‘Baby Boomers’ in 10s and 11s boys and 11/12 girls. Three very close matches ensued again providing great opportunity for further development of the pre-competitive age groups of Boomerangs players.

12 Boys: Boomerangs 0 – 4 Hakoah (ht 0-0)
The 12 boys matched it for most of the game with this strong team from Hakoah; Continue reading “FNSW PL2 R6 Wrap”

FNSW PL2 R5 Wrap

Round five of the 17/18 FNSW Premier League 2 competition saw the Boomerangs club travel again up the highway to Sydney’s western suburbs, with a competitive round of matches against Raiders Futsal at Wetherill Park. Raiders have regularly been a top performing team in PL2 and are generally in the mix for promotion to PL1 at the end of every season.

To check out the photos of this round head to the Boomerangs photo site.

Development Squad Matches
Raiders could not offer games against development squads, so matches were organised against Mountain Majik at Blacktown. Majik have a comprehensive junior development program which sees them as one of the top clubs in NSW. Games were arranged for each of the development squads including an early match for 11 boys, a mid-morning match for the 11/12 girls and two afternoon matches for the 10 boys. The young ‘baby boomer’ squads continue to develop and it is matches such as these – against well coached and drilled Sydney teams – that will provide them with the tough competition to allow them to continue growing as players and as teams. We thank the Majik club (a PL1 club) for inviting us to play.

12 Boys: Boomerangs 2 – 4 Raiders (ht 1-1)
The 12 boys started their match against Continue reading “FNSW PL2 R5 Wrap”

FNSW PL2 R4 Wrap

Round four of the 17/18 FNSW Premier League 2 competition saw the Boomerangs club at home up against Phoenix Futsal – a club which has aspirations for the Club Championship and promotion to PL1. Both clubs sat atop the Club Championship table before this round (with the Boomers only slightly ahead), so this round was a good test of where the club is at for this PL2 season.

To check out the photos of this round head to the Boomerangs photo site.

Development Squad Matches
The development squads each had games in the lead up to the nine competitive PL2 matches for this round. The 10 boys took on a highly competitive Gungahlin team and were pushed all the way in an evenly contested match. The 11 boys and 11/12 girls took on visiting Phoenix sides and again had some terrific competition against the travellers. These young ‘baby boomer’ squads are coming along well in their development and those who ‘graduate’ to the competitive age groups next year (and beyond) will be well and truly ready for the competition.

12 Boys: Boomerangs 5 – 1 Phoenix (ht 4-0)
The 12 boys had a very solid game against a skilful visiting Phoenix side. The boys gave the visitors little time to settle with a strong opening, including three goals in the first ten minutes of the match. From there Phoenix were always chasing the game, and they put up a good fight, but the Boomerangs youngest boys consolidated to make it 4 zip at the break. The second half saw Continue reading “FNSW PL2 R4 Wrap”

FNSW PL2 R3 Wrap

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 Continue reading “FNSW PL2 R3 Wrap”