Futsal Premier League Round 9 Preview
It’s Football NSW Futsal Premier League round nine on Saturday night action pits Dural against Mountain Majik, Enfield play Mascot, Inner West host UTS Northside and South Coast face Campbelltown. Visit the Football NSW website (Futsal tab) for full details.
And an update in what’s proving to be a thrilling club championship across all divisions, Inner West (127 points), Mascot (126) and Enfield (121) are embroiled in a ding-dong battle for the upfront honours with Mountain Majik (108), Dural (107) and UTS Northside (104) all still able to make a challenge.
At the other end of the scale South Coast (67) and Campbelltown (64) are struggling to stay in the top flight (they meet this weekend), with Premier League 2 leaders Boomerangs (153) and Raiders (142) fighting it out to see who replaces them.
Botany Bay Pirates (49) look likely to drop from PL2 to State League at the end of summer now trailing Phoenix (66) by 17 points, with SL frontrunners Sydney Futsal Club (127) making a strong case for promotion, well ahead of West City (112) having played one less round than the Crusaders.
Campbelltown Quake v South Coast Taipans
Minto Indoor Sports Centre 7pm Saturday 19 December
Campbelltown Quake are on a roll and ready to meet South Coast Taipans. Emphatic wins over Inner West and Enfield have put the pep back in Quake’s step as they continue their club championship resurgence that sees them sit one point off South Coast’s heels. Taipans gave Campbelltown a real scare last time they met at Minto winning a nailbiter 5-4, but the Purple Heart have three straight triumphs against the Coasters, including an 8-5 round-two win.
Mountain Majik v Dural Warriors
Valentine Sports Park 8.20pm Saturday 19 December
Mountain Majik need to be at their best to challenge Dural Warriors at Valentine Sports Park. Dural haven’t lost a premier league match in 2015, chalking up a 16-game unbeaten run that includes six straight wins on the road (equal-high mark over the last five years). The Mountaineers haven’t managed many goals against Warriors (four in five losses), but their recent history shows they can stay in the contest (3-1, 4-0 and 2-1 scorelines).
Mascot Vipers v Enfield Rovers
All Sorts Indoor Sports Centre 8.20pm Saturday 19 December
Mascot Vipers and Enfield Rovers meet in a mouthwatering clash. With every result impactive and both sides laden with Futsal talent, Enfield know that this season’s Mascot is an entirely different proposition altogether. Vipers enjoyed their first win against Rovers in nine tries, 8-5 in a terrific round-two match at Morris Iemma Indoor Sports Centre), and their best-ever premier league start sees them third on the ladder. Enfield are fifth and restless, evident in their eight-goal second-half to defeat South Coast 11-3 on Sunday.
UTS Northside v Inner West Magic
Sydney Boys High School 6.40pm Saturday 19 December
UTS Northside will fancy their chances when Inner West Magic comes to town. In three meetings UTS have won 6-3 and come close in 3-4 and 3-5 losses, and they have been highly competitive without reward in this summer’s league. Magic have a couple of catch-up games in hand but currently sitting in fourth spot and can ill afford to drop any points with the top-four so tight and Warriors already threatening to close out the premiership.
-By Dan De Nardi