Vic Vipers finished top of the 2016 Men’s PUMA F-League with a double Queensland victory while Inner West beat Dural to finish fourth behind East Coast and Warriors.
The Vipers compiled 36 points to front Heat (31), Warriors (28) and Magic (28) and claim a third Vics premiership in four years, while superstar Adam Cooper scored in both their remaining matches to shoot to 21 goals this winter, well past South Brisbane’s Adam Stacey (16) and Dural dynamo Wade Giovenali (15).
Dural Warriors 2 (Jacob Basden 2) Inner West Magic 3 (Jonathan Barzel 2)
South Brisbane 4 (Dallas Dack, Julian Edwards, Brian Quan, Adam Stacey) Vic Vipers 5 (Miguel Barrigos 2, Jason Barrientos, Adam Cooper)
Galaxy FC 2 (Arlo Hook, Rhys Buick) Vic Vipers 7 (Miguel Barrigos 2, Adam Cooper, Alistair Dunlop, Adam Centofanti, Jonathan Barrientos)
Magic blast Warriors
Inner West Magic held off Dural Warriors in a 3-2 dogfight at Dural Sport & Leisure Centre on Friday night.
Inner West shot to a 2-0 lead midway through the contest and red cards to Dural’s Blake Rosier and Magic’s Daniel Fogarty added fuel to the fire in a hotly-contested affair.
And you can’t believe this stat: after winning 41 and drawing four of their past 55 ‘home state’ runs, Warriors have lost their last four NSW starts to place a huge question mark over the F-League powerhouse heading into the finals weekend at Valentine Sports Park.
It was Inner West’s second straight 3-2 defeat of Dural; and in five F-League meetings Warriors have beaten Magic just once!
Vics edge South Brisbane
Vic Vipers tipped South Brisbane 5-4 in a tight and physical affair at Weedon Street Sports Complex on Saturday afternoon – crowning the Victorians back-to-back F-League premiers.
South Brisbane gained an early lead and held the Vics out for most of the game until a late Vipers comeback secured the win.
Adam Stacey was first to score from a strong counter-attack followed closely by Brian Quan and Dallas Dack set-piece finishes from the corner to put South Brisbane three in front before Vipers netted just before the bell to go into the break 3-1 down.
The Vics came out strong in the second half to bring the difference back to one goal before South Brisbane restored a two-goal buffer through Julian Edwards.
Vipers went to the fifth-man powerplay and brought an electric match back to a 4-4 deadlock before Adam Cooper was able to convert a 10m penalty to win the game 5-4 for the Victorians.
It was a marked improvement for the Queenslanders against their southern opponents; in five previous lopsided encounters the closest margin has been five goals.
Vics wipe Galaxy
Vic Vipers turned a commanding 5-1 halftime lead into a solid 7-2 victory against Galaxy FC at Eagles Sports Complex on Sunday afternoon. Miguel Barrigos bagging a double for the victors.
This week’s games
The 2016 Men’s F-League finals weekend is at Valentine Sports Park with the semi-final between East Coast Heat and Dural Warriors on Saturday morning (10am) followed by Vic Vipers and Inner West Magic in the afternoon (2.00pm). The two winners meet at the same venue on Sunday (12.15pm) to decide the championship trophy.