The 2016 Men’s PUMA F-League saw Vic Vipers collect a double-victory over the visiting Queensland sides while Dural accounted for North Canberra to maintain the competition’s status quo.
Warriors (18 points) and Vipers (15) remain unbeaten to head East Coast (12) and Inner West (10), with the bottom four teams kept at bay now six points off a top-four spot.
Vic Vipers 10 (Kui Mu, Victor Brauner 2, Adam Cooper 2, Jason Barrientos, Jonathan Barrientos, Konrad Machoy, Adam Centofanti, own goal?) South Brisbane 3 (Josh Sewell, Adam Stacey 2)
Vic Vipers 7 (Victor Brauner 2, Matthew Vragovski 3, Jason Barrientos, Jonathan Barrientos) Galaxy FC 1 (Gerardo Soto)
Dural Warriors 4 (Wade Giovenali, Greg Giovenali, Jacob Basden 2) North Canberra Untouchables 1 (Brett Forward)
Vics blow away South Brisbane
Vic Vipers ran over the top of South Brisbane in a decisive 10-3 victory at Hoops 24/7 Indoor Sports Centre on Saturday night.
The visitors stuck with the Vics trailing 3-2 at halftime but couldn’t hold on as Vipers ran in seven second-half goals – five in the last 10 minutes – to run out deserved victors, Victor Brauner and Adam Cooper each compiling braces.
It’s the ninth time Vipers have reached double-figures in an F-League contest in four winter competitions (the third time against South Brisbane); Dural leads the way with 11 in six seasons while East Coast have done it on seven occasions in five campaigns.
Eight different Vic scorers left them one short of the record; Boomerangs finding nine scorers in a 14-3 win over neighbours Capital FC in 2014 and also a 9-2 victory against St Albans in 2013, while Melbourne Heart did it in a 9-3 win over the Strikers in 2012.
Only leading F-League scorer Jarrod Basger has scored more pairs than Cooper in F-League matches, 12 to 11, while Fernando De Moraes and Shervin Adeli have 10 each.
Vipers clean up Galaxy
A second-half blitz helped Vic Vipers overcome a gallant Galaxy FC 7-1 at Hoops 24/7 Indoor Sports Centre on Sunday morning.
The northerners managed a 1-0 halftime lead before the home side finally kicked into gear, scoring seven second-half goals for the second successive game to win by six at fulltime, Matt Vragovski finishing with a neat hat-trick.
The Vipers have now won seven straight times in Victoria, one short of their golden 2012-13 ‘home’ run but still behind Dural’s dozen NSW wins across 2013-14 (Warriors also won eight home-state games in a row in 2011-12).
Warriors beat Untouchables
Dural Warriors were made to work hard by North Canberra Untouchables in a 4-1 win at Dural Sports & Leisure Centre on Sunday afternoon.
The twice champions clung to a tender 1-0 advantage midway through the match and a Jacob Basden double helped ensure Dural’s three-goal margin at fulltime.
This week’s games
A bumper 2016 Men’s F-League weekend pits the ACT against Queensland and NSW versus Victoria – it’s the closest you’ll get to a civil war in Australia as Futsal’s national centrepiece turns borders into battlelines.
The action starts off with a Friday night blockbuster between Inner West Magic and Vic Vipers at Valentine Sports Park (7.30pm), followed the next day by an AIS Training Halls double-header where North Canberra Untouchables play Galaxy FC on Saturday afternoon (1.45pm) and Boomerangs tackle South Brisbane on Saturday evening (5.45pm), while East Coast Heat meet Vipers at Valentine Sports Park on Saturday night (7.45pm).
The entertainment continues Sunday morning when North Canberra host South Brisbane at the AIS Training Halls (10.45am) and Boomerangs face Galaxy at Lyneham Hockey Centre (10.45am), before a cracker of a finale between old foes Warriors and the Vics at Dural Sport & Leisure Centre (1.15pm) – both have won two of the five F-League premierships to underline their credentials as Australia’s premier Futsal clubs.