After a round that included stunning goals, three red cards and two penalty shootouts, Chaaban Rajab has sat down to dissect it all with his main talking points of the round.
Brunswick need to find consistency
Hume were favourites going into Friday night’s clash against Brunswick despite the latter sitting above Hume on the ladder.
Brunswick look a new team this season, but they need to find some level of consistency if they are going to finish outside the relegation playoff zone.
A win would have had Brunswick sitting on nine points, equal second alongside Pascoe Vale, Fitzroy and the high-flying Western Wolves; instead Brunswick now sit sixth on the ladder, after being leap-frogged by Hume.
It’s not the result that is concerning for the Chiefs, but the manner in which they lost. Hume convincingly out-played Brunswick and were lethal in front of goal, with Moe Matar netting a hattrick.
Brunswick is capable of so much more, but they cannot afford to be losing these sorts of games by these sorts of margins.
Heart go six points clear
It was the Series Futsal Victoria (SFV) champions taking on the Series Futsal Australia (SFA) champions and a big crowd turned out to see another battle between the two rivals.
The match saw Carlton walk away with the three points after a a three-all draw was decided by a penalty shootout.
Fitzroy were heavy favourites to take out the league going into this season, recruiting the likes of Kui Mu and John Nikolakoudis to bolster up their squad; but losses to Pascoe Vale and now to Carlton put them six points behind a team that has only lost two league games in the last two seasons.
With Pascoe Vale dropping points to Balwyn, the Heart are now six points clear at the top of the table, with the Wolves sitting in second place.
It is a long season but the Heart remain undefeated despite a less-than-convincing start to the campaign.
Money isn’t everything in Series Futsal
Moreland manager and president Deren Saban is finding out the hard way that money isn’t going to buy you wins in SFV.
His squad boasts the likes of Futsalroo Adam Cooper, Xavi Torres, Miguel Barigos, Ben Monteleone and Matthew Vragovski (the latter two being absent for the latest match), and they are all on lucrative deals.
The Blues have just the one win after five matches, having only beaten a struggling Balwyn by two goals to nil.
To say it is disappointing would be an understatement as no doubt everyone from Moreland to the rest of the competition and fans alike had high expectations for the richest futsal club in Australia.
The eight-nil thumping handed to them by the Wolves now puts the pressure on Deren Saban, who now needs to make some tough calls regarding his squad.
Balwyn break their duck
Going into Friday night’s clash between ten-time Victorian champions Pascoe Vale and the winless Balwyn, many thought it was just a matter of “how many” for the Pascoe Vale Lions.
Balwyn and their manager Gabriel Zeballos had other ideas however, taking the game to Pascoe Vale in what was a thrilling final clash of the night.
In a seesawing affair, Pascoe Vale were seconds away from victory before player of the match Andreas Govas stepped up for his fourth goal of the night to equalise for Balwyn and send the game to penalties.
To add to the drama, Balwyn keeper Omid Abdollahi was sent off during the penalty shootout for leaving his area which resulted in him receiving a second yellow card.
Clayton Chapell, who had not played a minute all game and no doubt did not expect to have to step in between the sticks during the shootout, was given a very late call-up.
Chapell held his nerve and ensured that Balwyn earned their first win of the season in what was a gutsy performance by all involved.
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