The fifth chapter of the F-League has expanded yet again with the Men’s and Women’s Competitions consolidating Australia’s east coast and offering up the country’s most exciting futsal talent for an intriguing winter.
The nine-team Men’s and seven-team Women’s round-robin features almost every national player, former internationals, dozens of state representatives and some of the country’s best up-and-comers… coached by some of the sport’s legends.
Kickoff’s scheduled for this Saturday, so it’s good luck to all clubs, players and officials as they contest Australia’s elite futsal club competition.
Showtime for Women’s F-League
Featuring three teams from NSW, two from the ACT and one each from Victoria and Queensland, this year’s Women’s F-League is ripe for the plucking – especially with back-to-back Champions Sydney Scorpions no longer in the picture.
Scorpions beat Boomerangs in successive Grand Finals (6-0 and 3-2 last year) to stamp their name on the tournament, but in truth it’s always been an open affair.
Parramatta finished inaugural 2013 Premiers and Sydney claimed the 2014 title but in both years six sides were scratching at the post-season door heading into the final weekend of competition – just five points separated last year’s top-four.
It’ll certainly be interesting Sydney-side this time around with Dural Warriors (who placed fourth last year) facing stiff competition from East Coast Heat and Inner West Magic in saddling up the city’s best players, however Australia’s biggest marketplace should ensure all three sides are adequately resourced.
Beaten Grand Finalists Boomerangs bolstered their force by claiming back several players who headed Capital’s 2014 line-up and they’ll be itching to finally claim some silverware for all their efforts, and the Territory’s rich pool of talent will ensure Capital FC can build on their fairly good debut, while Vic Vipers have Australia’s southern reaches to their own.
But it’s a year-wiser South Brisbane who’ll have to drop their dark horse tag and pick up the heavyweight moniker after a brilliant 2014 saw them finish two points behind Scorpions having endured two agonising draws against their Sydney rivals (both with chances to win).
Action will commence at Eagle Sports Complex on Saturday where South Brisbane host Inner West Magic (2.45pm), while on Sunday morning South Brisbane tackle Vic Vipers (10.45am).
Women’s F-League 2015 Line-ups
Michelle Aurousseau, Hayley Buckingham, Erin Clout, Rebecca Collins, Rachael Corbett, Isobel D’Amico, Michaela Day, Natalie De Marco, Christina Drew, Jessica Giovinazzo, Olivia Gurney, Eleni Haridemos, Alex Martens, Hayley McLachlan, Sonia Pasquariello, Becky Roche, Sophie Rolfe, Sabrina Spinapolice, Mikayla Van Deyk, Ineka Voigt, Rebecca Watts
Najwa Allen, Alice Churchill, Tahlia Davidson, Sigourney Dunk, Priyanka Gakhar, Rhianna Goldstein, Freyja Jacobsen, Rebecca Kiting, Jinneecka Klenka, Sheridan McElligott, Erika Pennyfield, Lauren Raftery, Kendell Smith, Christine Walters, Phoebe Worth
Dominique Caridad, Bianca Dobson, Sarah Easthope, Jessica Elliott, Bethany Gordon, Emma Hurley, Samantha Nagy, Tess Olsen, Tara Pender, Rachel Perrins, Tani Rosekelly, Dimitie Whiteman, Sarah Yatim
East Coast Heat
Jacqueline Anyon-Smith, Jodie Bain, Renee Blakemore, Joanne Burgess, Dana Buttigieg, Ariella Cabezas, Laura Donnelly, Logan Garard, Abigail Jordan, Danika Matos, Melanie McCauley, Nadia Nisbet, Nikola Orgill, Maxine Peak, Natalie Penman, Jo-Anne Saliba, Kya Stewart, Renee Tomkins, Claire Walsh, Melissa Walsh
Inner West Magic
Eliza Ammendolia, Ceyda Cambaz, Carla Canini, Bianca Galic, Caitlin Jarvie, Emily Kos, Georgia Koutzoumis, Doris Osman, Ashleigh Palombi, Brittany Palombi, Fabiana Perfilio, Rhianna Pollicina, Gillian Raymond, Emma Scott, Antonia Sharp, Natalie Spirovski, Filiz Urkanci, Jessica Urquhart, Madelyn Whittall
South Brisbane FC
Sarah Amorim, Jade Baker, Georgina Bridges, Caroline Drummond, Nicola Eagle, Amber Glew, Rebekah Horsey, Nichole Laws, Gabrielle Marzano, Kirsten McGilvray, Jessica Mclean, Kate Orkild, Natalie Tathem, Shannon Tathem, Bianca Walsh
Noran Abaza, Molly Boorman, Lauren Diduszko, Sienna Fogarty, Jamilla Hull, Ilona Jakab, Renae Pantelis, Kristin Stensholt, Stephanie Tanti, Elaina Vatcky
Women’s F-League Premierships
2013: Parramatta Blues blitzed the inaugural Women’s eight-team F-League, a draw and loss their only blemishes in 14 games to finish on 37 points, eight clear of Boomerangs and Melbourne Heart with Sydney Scorpions a point further back in fourth. But it was Scorpions who rode a post-season wave with a gritty 2-1 semi-final win over the Blues and 6-0 shutout of Boomerangs to clinch the first Women’s Grand Final trophy.
2014: Sydney Scorpions were first past the post by a whisker finishing a couple points in front of South Brisbane and Boomerangs in what turned out to be a thrilling competition – all six teams in with a post-season chance right up until the final game, and South Brisbane could’ve even won it had it not been for three draws (two of them against Scorpions). Dural placed fourth, just five points off the leader. Sydney edged Boomerangs 3-2 in an epic Grand Final rematch.