Vic Vipers fell to South Brisbane and Galaxy on their Queensland swing while Bayside Pirates recovered from a 5-0 Dural Warriors drubbing to shock East Coast Heat 5-2 and bring the regular season to a close.
South Brisbane (35 points) placed first as Galaxy (30) pipped Dural (30) by a whisker one-goal differential, the Vics (18) coming a distant fourth.
A hearty salute as several players clocked up their 50th F-League matches: Tani Rosekelly (Dural, Sydney Scorpions), Sarah Amorim (South Brisbane), Dominique Caridad (Dural) and Georgie Bridges (Galaxy, South Brisbane) all passed the half-century. Claire Walsh (East Coast, Scorpions), Nichole Laws (South Brisbane) and Doris Osman (Vic Vipers, Inner West, Boomerangs, Scorpions) will also reach the milestone in next winter’s opening round.
South Brisbane 7 (Sarah Amorim 2, Sofie Persson 4, Melissa Weckert) Vic Vipers 0
Dural Warriors 5 (Jessica Elliott, Demelza Howard, Dominique Caridad, Emma Hurley, Bethany Gordon) Bayside Pirates 0
East Coast Heat 2 (Dana Buttigieg 2) Bayside Pirates 5 (Ilona Jakab, Emma Gross, Stephanie Tanti, Liesl Woods 2)
Galaxy FC 8 (Brooke Skelly 2, Alisha Foote 2, Mariel Hecher 2, Jessica Dillon, Georgina Bridges) Vic Vipers 1 (Melissa Missailidis)
South Brisbane banish Vics
South Brisbane roasted Vic Vipers 7-zip in a semi-final warning at Eagle Sports Complex on Saturday afternoon.
The home team was tenacious from the start and Shannon Tathem received a yellow card in the second minute for a shirt pull, seconds before a superb Sarah Amorim shot from the corner gave South Brisbane the lead.
Sofie Persson doubled the advantage in the 18th minute with a transition that saw her power shot smash the back of the net, and the high intensity of the Queenslanders rounded out the half with a Mel Weckert sprint toward goal and right-foot shot crack the cross bar, Persson’s tactical placement on goal cleaning up the opportunity for a 3-0 South Brisbane lead at the break.
The team-mates were in tune straight from the restart as Weckert passed the ball for Persson to net her third goal of the game and stake a four-goal buffer.
Vipers held the game for the next seven minutes with copious amount of close shots, unfortunately South Brisbane’s keepers were adamant to keep a clean sheet and their defensive resolve resulted in Amorim scoring again on the half-hour mark in her 50th F league game, showing why she’s one of the most astounding Futsal players in Australia.
Weckert followed up with a textbook skin-and-cracker shot from just outside the D, and the Vics defence didn’t ease up for the entire game denying the runaway premiers a number of scoring opportunities, but they met the country’s most in-form women’s team on a good day and Persson added the icing with a sprint past the defence and converting the one-on-one with the Vipers keeper to round out a seven-goal win.
Dural defeat Bayside
Dural Warriors proved too hot to handle in a 5-0 win against Bayside Pirates at Valentine Sports Park on Saturday afternoon.
It was 3-0 at halftime and Dural continued the job in the second half to run out five-goal winners, Jessica Elliott, Demelza Howard, Dominique Caridad, Emma Hurley and Bethany Gordon the goalscorers.
Pirates raid East Coast
An inspired Bayside Pirates made last year’s premiers walk-the-plank with a cutthroat 5-2 dismissal of East Coast Heat at Valentine Sports Park on Saturday night, making their mark with a commanding 4-1 halftime lead.
Galaxy eclipse Vics
Galaxy FC blasted Vic Vipers 8-1 at Eagle Sports Complex on Sunday morning to leapfrog Dural into second position.
Galaxy asserted themselves over the opening 10 minutes and their high-press possession began to expose the Vipers defence creating a number of opportunities, hitting the crossbar and upright before Jess Dillon fed a neat ball across to Brooke Skelly who made no mistake with the breakthrough on the quarter-hour.
Alisha Foote doubled the Galaxy lead following a clean strike from the left flank two minutes later and Skelly slammed home another straight after halftime to make it a cosy 3-0 score.
Vipers hit back through Melissa Missailidis who found herself free on the far post and fed the ball through the keeper’s outstretched legs, but despite this brief fightback it was all one-way traffic as Mariel Hecher’s dazzling individual dribbling effort down the middle restored the three-goal gap before a blistering long shot made it 5-1 moments later.
On the half-hour mark Joanne Burgess stole the ball after a determined chase and fed Jess Dillon at the far post, Burgess playing provider once again delivering another neat pass to Georgina Bridges who scored a seventh and Alisha Foote grabbed the vital eighth Galaxy goal that took them past Dural into second place on goal-difference.
This week’s games
The 2016 Women’s PUMA F-League finals weekend is at Valentine Sports Park with South Brisbane taking on Vic Vipers in the first semi-final at midday on Saturday (12pm) followed by Galaxy FC versus Dural Warriors in the afternoon (4pm). The two winners fight out the grand final at the same venue on Sunday morning (10am).