This week in futsal we were treated to non-stop action on all three elite futsal matchdays with underdog narratives persisting throughout.
By Kosta Diamantopoulos
A rough week for Fitzroy FC it was with FC Amazons opening the WSFV season with a win on the board after an all-round fantastic performance from every player. The Champions Northcote FC may have lost numerous star-players but Nas Saiid won’t be worried after his side toppled what could be his biggest threat for the season, FC Carlton Heart. Both sides put on a great showing in a match that the losers will still proudly recall as another step forward in its title challenging journey.
The second round of Series Futsal Victoria then kicked off on Friday with a blockbuster affair between Friendship and Pascoe Vale beginning the night. Captain Joao Da Silva found himself celebrating three times as he turned back the clock yet again - with one of his goals being a last-minute match-winner. Andre Caro dominates the headlines as he may have snubbed a return to Pascoe Vale, but Da Silva won’t be too bothered as his side continues to show improvements.
Preston Futsal Club then made it two losses on the trot for the reigning Champions after a mammoth victory in penalties allowed the Panthers to confirm its first win of the season. It was the one that got away for the Tigers as a Carl Tickner equaliser in the dying moments altered the outcome of the 46 minutes, allowing for Tickner to then score the only penalty of the shoot-out for the win.
Western Wolves and Campbellfield would close the night off with a 7-7 goal fest that was ultimately decided in penalties, with the Wolves taking the three points after veteran Mauricio Novak fired the decisive penalty. The Wolves remain undefeated in the opening two rounds and Coach Omar Chandab will be optimistic toward his goals for the season with new signing Alistair Dunlop’s lightning start to the campaign.
Sunday State League was another long-day of dramatic encounters with FC Wollert remaining undefeated in the first three rounds of the season. After a 4-2 win over a stubborn Glenroy side, Wollert will certainly have confidence in a championship-winning campaign.
Kensington Eagles FC continue to dominate every side in its path with another win State League One, this time over the other previously relegated championship side, CF Brunswick. Kumail Sidiqi continues to perform for the Eagles as he notched another man of the match under his belt.
Melbourne Uni is another elite futsal side without a loss yet as it doesn’t look like slowing down with momentum well in its favour. Penalty wins for Northcote FC and Tullamarine FC provided both sides with extremely hard fought victories, but it was Tullamarine goal-scorer Trent Edwards’ penalty spot chip that had the whole stadium applauding. Edwards admits he was inspired by Heart FC goalkeeper Mazen Abdallah’s goal in his sides win over Regent FC in round 2.
It was Ashburton FC whose reign of terror in the State League Championship showed no signs of slowing down in its impressive victory over the longevous Mickleham FC. Ashburton FC will be happy with the win, but it will have some serious competition throughout the season with Balwyn FC also picking up another win on the board. Another dominant performance from Billy Sassine and Daniel Toma forced a huge win out of slower FC Melbourne Athletic side, whilst Joseph Toma’s second half performance also warranted an honourable mention.
Hume FC is another undefeated side in the Championship, boasting the best goal difference of 20 goals after three matches. The inform side will look to avoid complacency as although its wins have been impressive, the Black Army still needs to face some of the leagues toughest competition.