Category: Match Reports


2019 TRIALS. We welcome current, former and new players to trial with us as we look forward to the new season (starting 22 Sept). See below trial dates and times.

All trials are at Warrawong High School. All trialists are expected to register (click link)

9 and 10 Boys
Monday 24 June and 1 July from 6.00pm

11 and 12 Boys
Monday 24 June and 1 July from 7.00pm

9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 Girls
Tuesday 25 June and 2 July from 6.30pm

15 and 18 Girls
Saturday 29 and 6 July from 5.30pm

14 and 16 Boys
Sunday 30 June and 7 July from 5.30pm

Youth and Men
Sunday 30 June and 7 July from 6.30pm

All Open Men and Women players by expression of interest.

2018/19 Taipans Player/Club Awards

After a successful season, we held our Presentation Night on 9 February. It was well attended with over 250 players and guests at the Fraternity Club.

We would like to congratulate the following player/officials on their awards. Event photos will be posted shortly.

Age Group                Most Valuable Player (MVP)                  Players Player

12 Boys                     Levi Martins                                                Oliver Randazzo
13 Girls                      Indiana Dos Santos                                    Jynaya Dos Santos
14 Boys                     Matthew Jackson                                        Gus Hoesfloot
15 Girls                      Zoe Anderson                                             Mia Dimeski
16 Boys                     Tyson Black                                                 Rocco Mellino
18 Girls                      Ashley Kotevski                                          Ursula Bratjanscak
Youth Men                 Kaydin Harrison                                          Nick Tomasiello
Open Women            Elise Battin                                                  Danika Matos
Open Men                  Matthew Mazevski                                      Mitchell Ferraro
AWD                          John Ruiz                                                    Patrick Mitchell

Special Awards & Perennials

Award                                                                  Player Name
Rookie Taipan of the Year (Girls)                       Jessica Bermudez
Rookie Taipan of the Year (Boys)                       Giovanni Panuccio
Taipan Coach of the Year                                   Charlie Mellino
Taipan Goalkeeper of the Year (Girls)                Tahlia Sharrock
Taipan Goalkeeper of the Year (Boys)                Gus Hoefsloot

Junior Taipan of the Year                                    Oliver Randazzo
Senior Taipan of the Year                                    Danika Matos
Taipans Club Person of the Year                        John Ruiz
Taipans President Award                                    Alan Kent

REVIEW: Round 14 vs Sydney Futsal Club

We’ve had a solid year with our academies. Their level of improvement throughout the year has been evident. It was once again great to see the kids in action on Saturday for the final time this year. We take this opportunity to thank the coaches, the players and the parents for their commitment and invite all players back again to next years trials.

The 12 Boys finished third following their sixth straight win. The boys made light work of Sydney Futsal on the weekend with a comprehensive 12-2 thumping underlining a solid season for our young generation of Taipans. Oliver Randazzo has been tearing it up through the year and his five goal haul this week highlights his finishing skills. Levi Martins and Luca Radice-Jones helped themselves to a brace each whilst Lachlan Flood, Noah Crapis and Brodie Masters also got themselves on the scoresheet. The boys face SD Raiders in the semi final on 19 January.

Just before the 13 Girls kicked off, Santa made his usual visit to URAC before Christmas. The kids were treated to some lollies whilst they got the opportunity to tell him what they wanted for Christmas.

The 13 Girls have been great all season. They train the hardest of any other team in the club and credit to the girls and Alan Kent for their continued improvement. They have battled hard in many games and this week was no different against a determined Sydney Futsal side. The visitors hit the lead half way through the half and despite waves of attack, they were able to repel many of the Taipans’ raids. That is until Hazel Atkins popped up a minute before the break to level the scores. The girls’ second half in most games is where they usually get the job done and this week, it was a similar story. Just 2 minutes in and Atkins got her second to put the girls in front and right on the stroke of full time, she put the icing on the cake scoring a hattrick and sealing a 3-1 win which sees them finish the season in second spot. They will play Raiders for a spot in the Grand Final.

Over to the 14 Boys who blew their title hopes last week. They had sewn up a finals spot and were no chance of winning the league but credit to the boys for going out this week and putting in a solid performance where they blew Sydney Futsal’s outside chance of making the playoffs with a sound 2-0 win. It certainly wasn’t plain sailing however goals on either side of the break to Jayden Bojlevski and Liam Bonetig secured victory and second spot. They take on Pheonix for a spot in the Grand Final.

Our 15 Girls have found themselves just that one step behind jut about all season. Their 0-2 loss on the weekend was their eighth loss but six of those have been by two or less goals going to show that they have not been that far off the pace. It was another dogged performance from the girls as they held Sydney Futsal scoreless during the first half however they got their break through half way through the second period before doubling that just two minutes later. The girls huffed and puffed but could not find a way through finishing off what we are sure was a slightly frustrating year for the girls. Their season is over.

The all-conquering 16 Boys tasted defeat just once all season and that was ironically against this week’s opponents Sydney Futsal back in Round 7 where nothing seemed to go right. They were out for redemption and credit to Sydney Futsal as they were giving as good as they got for the majority of the first half. The Taipans did however take a narrow 3-2 lead into the break. The second half though was one way traffic with the Taipans accelerating away scoring four unanswered goals in their 7-3 triumph. It was great to see Cameron Deguara getting extended minutes where he capitilised with two goals and the ever reliable Giovanni Panuccio also helping himself to a brace. Alex Bonetig, Cody Ashburner and Tyson Black all also got their names on the scoresheet. The boys take on Pheonix for a spot in the Grand Final.

The 18 Girls found themselves having to rely on other results to go their way if they were going to sneak into the playoffs and a six goal plus win was necessary should one of the other games finish in a draw. With this in mind, the girls came out firing hit Sydney Futsal with full force as they accumulated seven goals in the first half alone in an almighty blitz. With the job seemingly done, they took their foot off the gas a little in the second despite running out 11-2 winners. When news filtered in that the win was enough, the girls were ecstatic about sneaking through to the playoffs and on this form, they have the ability to be a force. Hatricks to Ursula Bratjanscak and Rilee Wagner were accompanied by two goals each to Ashley Kotevski and Olivia Mavridis whilst Beth Whitaker also found the net. The girls will take on league champions Raiders in January in what is a mouth watering semi final match up.

Sadly, UTS forfeited their game against our AWD team which saw the boys clinch the League Championship. They have dominated this competition over the last six years and it has been extremely disappointing to have had their last game at home cancelled out. Our coaches got the opportunity to show the players how it’s done when they played a friendly against the AWD boys in the timeslot. There are sure to be some sore bodies in the morning.

The Youth Men have had a disappointing second half of the season. They sat in second place at the half way mark but managed just one win in their last 7 matches. Things started well enough with Louis Connell getting the boys off to a solid start with a neat finish and they held this lead largely through some good scrambling defence and good goalkeeping by Kaydin Harrison. Just three minutes into the second, Sydney Futsal drew level and the game was once again in the balance however with 8 minutes left, the visitors hit the lead and with Taipans in power play, they scored again. Nicolas Tomasiello pulled a goal back late to get within one, but it wasn’t enough as the visitors took the points to end our boys’ season.

The Open Women had already secured fourth spot however a win and other results could have seen them jump to third. It was a cagey start as the Taipans struggled to get some fluency before two goals in a minute saw the Taipans jump to a 2-0 lead. Sydney Futsal did manage to pull a goal back just before the break to unsettle the Taipans. The ladies regrouped after the break and showed just why they could be a dark horse in the finals with four well taken goals to wrap up a comprehensive 6-1 win. The other result did not fall our way and the ladies now face League Champions Boomerangs in the semi-final.

The Open Men have been on fire over the last month and made a late charge for the finals. The equation heading into the match was Taipans must win and two other results had to also go their way. The Taipans put on an attacking transition clinic in the first half as they peppered the Sydney Futsal goal regularly having scored seven times in the first half. A couple of sloppy goals at the other end saw the visitors also score three in a 10-goal first half. The Taipans had effectively already won the game and saw it out in a goal frenzy 10-5. Matthew Mazevski was virtually on the end of everything scoring a record 6-goals which also sees him take out the League’s Golden Boot. Mitchell Ferraro bagged a brace and Cody Waller and Kei Mitani also getting on the scoresheet. Kyle Del chipping in with five assists. With one result already going the Taipans way, they were sweating on Boomerangs to beat Crusaders however when news filtered through that that game ended in a draw, the Taipans season was over. Such a shame as the boys were just starting to show their potential.

As a club, we finished fifth in the Club Championship and recognise we have work to do if we are to make a serious challenge for promotion.

We wish all our players and their families a very merry Christmas.

REVIEW: Round 13 vs SD Raiders

It was once again great to have all our academy and development teams in action. With many thanks to the local clubs that came out to help give our teams a game. There is vast improvement in each of our teams and we are delighted to have futsal form part of their development.

12 Boys were looking to hang onto third position and they knew three points were crucial against the second placed SD Raiders. The boys got off to a good start creating several scoring chances which culminated in a well earned 2-0 lead going into the break. Despite SD Raiders pulling a goal back, the young Taipans went on with the job recording a worthy 4-1 win which effectively seals a playoff position. Goals to Brodie Masters (2) and Levi Martins and Lucas Jackson.

The 13 Girls were essentially playing for the League Championship with top of the table SD Raiders looking to stave off the fast finishing Taipans. The game could not start any worse for the Taipans as SD scored inside the opening 30 seconds. The game was end-to-end with plenty of goalmouth action. With the game drawing to a close, the Taipans threw everything at SD but the visitors held on for the win and championship.

The 14 Boys was also a potential championship game and the Taipans came out firing early however desperate defending was the order of the day with both teams scrambling well. Solid chances were at a premium although Taipans shot stopper Gus Hoefsloot was outstanding in the first half. The first goal was always going to be crucial and when SD Raiders scored with 6 minutes to go, it was desperate times for the Taipans. The opposition had a player sent off however the boys could not capitalize and subsequently conceded again as they threw caution to the wind. It was in the end a 0-2 loss which saw the League Championship decided to SD Raiders.

The 15 Girls were looking to keep their slim playoff hopes alive and they knew it was win or bust. After a tentative opening period, the game sprung to life when SD Raiders scored twice in the space of 2 minutes to set a strong platform. Breanna McCormack pulled a goal back for the Taipans right on the stroke of Half Time to give the home team some hope and when Zoe Anderson levelled it up mid-way through the second term, it set up a grandstand finish. The Taipans couldn’t find a winner and had to settle for a 2-2 draw which effectively sees them bow out of the playoff race.

The 16 Boys have been super consistent all year and they knew three points would see them clinch the League Championship. It was a nervous start to the game as bottom placed SD Raiders came to play and some desperate defending and good goalkeeping from George Gee kept SD Raiders quiet and a well taken goal saw the Taipans take a 1-0 lead into the break. A couple of quick goals put the boys at ease before SD returned fire. The Taipans put the pedal to the floor and went on a scoring spree eventually taking the game and League Championship with a nifty 7-2 win. Giovanni Panunccio bagging a hattrick with Tyson Black getting a double along with goal contributions from Alex Bonetig and Josh Montgomery.

The 18 Girls faced playoff contenders SD Raiders and they too required a win to boost their playoff chances. The Taipans hit the lead through a heavy deflection however by half time, they found themselves 2-1 down. The Taipans threw players forward and forced SD Raiders deep in their own half. A late goal to Christina Videla levelled things up and the Taipans could not add any further to the score which ended 2-2. The draw is not the end of the road for the girls however they will now be also relying on results to go their way if they are going to feature in the playoffs.

In another of those matches where it was win or bust, the Youth Men went into this match on the back of four straight losses after a bright start to the season. It was a frenetic opening however both goalkeepers were in outstanding form. The SD Raiders goalkeeper particularly was a rock for his team as the Taipans looked to force the issue. 0-0 at Half Time and all to play for. The Taipans looked to dominate chances and there was simply no way through their goalkeeper and as so happens in futsal, the visitors pounced with one of their few chances and hit the lead. Try as they might, the Taipans just could not break the opposition down and were left to lick their wounds after a 0-1 loss.

The Women were looking to put last weekend’s heartbreaking loss behind them however a thunderbolt of a goal to SD Raiders saw them take the lead early and on 12 minutes, they doubled their lead as we headed to the break. It was a poor first half to be fair. They did however come out in the second half a different side and within 5 minutes, Cayla Constable pulled a goal back and midway through the second Elise Battin drew the Taipans level. With their tails up, Kya Stewart made the comeback complete 10 minutes from time as the Taipans run over the top of the tiring visitors and recorded a 3-2 win which now secures playoff futsal for the ladies.

The Men’s team were on a bit of a roll and making a late charge for a finals series berth and it has win elimination futsal for them over the least three weeks. Taking on second placed SD, this was no different. It was a sound start for the Taipans as they eased themselves into the game and when Matthew Mazevski scored to give the boys the lead midway through the half, it was game on. The Raiders drew level just three minutes from the break however just 60 seconds later, Cody Waller put the Taipans ahead again just before the break.

Mazevski scored again on 33 minutes to extend the Taipans lead to 3-1 however just minutes later SD Raiders pulled a goal back (3-2). The visitors then played power play for a good portion of the second half with Mitchell Ferraro pouncing on a loose ball to make it 4-2. With four minutes left, SD Raiders scrambled the ball over the line to set up a nervy finish however a swift counter attack saw Mazevski neatly finish the game 5-2 and claim a hattrick. The boys live to fight another day.

It’s the final round of the regular season next weekend and there are still a few games with major bearing on the finals as we look to host Sydney Futsal Club.

Review: Round 12 VS Raiders FC

We travelled to the impressive complex at Thomas Hassell Anglican College to take on rivals Raiders FC. They touched us up in the last club encounter and our teams were determined to change that.

It was a good start to the day as our Development teams showed that the future looks good with impressive performances in the early curtain raisers.

The 12 Boys kicked off the official part of the day with a hard fought 5-3 win where we did not have everything our own way. Oliver Randazzo and Levi Martins dazzled and helped get us over the line but some desperate defending from Noah Crapis also contributed to him saving at least two goals off the line. It has been the team’s desperation in defence and clinical finishing that should see them feature in the playoffs this season.

The 13 girls have had a stellar season so far and they kept their hopes of a minor premiership alive following an 8-2 thumping of Raiders. The girls dominated from start to finish and to highlight their depth, there were six different scorers. The girls now face SD Raiders next week where a win will send them to the top of the league.

The 14 Boys are having a stuttering finish to their season. After holding the lead for the majority of the season, the lads have only won once in their last 4 games to give the Championship lead up. All is not lost though as a win next week and the boys will be back in pole position. The boys hit the lead early before Raiders bounced back scoring back to back goals and with the game on the line, we pushed players forward and we received a fortunate penalty late in the game which was converted to salvage a 2-2 draw.

The 15 Girls were short a couple of key players this week but that did not stop them from putting in a dogged effort against the table topping Raiders. Taipans fell behind as early as the second minute however to the girls’ credit, they fought hard to contain the free scoring Raiders and also create a few chances of their own. Despite their heroic efforts defensively, the Raiders found a second midway through the second and they saw the game out 2-0.

The 16 Boys needed just 4 points from their last three games to secure the minor premiership however this competition is tough where almost any team can beat anyone on their day. Raiders themselves were desperate for points as they were trying to hang on to their playoff position. The Taipans hit the lead through Rocco Mellino before a quick reply from the Raiders tied things back up. A well taken Alex Bonetig goal saw the Taipans take a 2-1 lead into the break however they drew level again just 2 minutes into the second half. Disaster looked to have struck when Raiders go the go-ahead goal just 5 minutes from time however as true champions do, the Taipans picked up the intensity to draw level just 2 minutes from time to tie the game 3-3.

The 18 Girls game was a fiery encounter which neither side looking to take a step backwards. The game started with great intensity however it was the Taipans that struck first with a well taken goal to Olivia Riddell. The Raiders are sitting top and they were looking to go for the win and seal the league championship. They scored twice to lead 2-1 at the break. The Taipans battled hard and a goal to Christina Videla saw the Taipans draw level. Just as the game was looking destined for a draw, Raiders nicked a goal deep into the game to see out the game 3-2.

AWD guys were looking to put last weeks thumping loss behind them as they faced the same opposition just 7 days later at the same place. A week is a long time and the boys found their groove etching out a 4-1 win which just about sees them record their 6th league title in a row. Steven Delovski bagged a brace whilst Rocco Musumeci and Patrick Mitchell also found the net in a morale boosting win.

The Youth Men is a tough competition and the Taipans were looking for three points to give themselves a shot at a playoff spot. Taipans hit the lead through Louis Connell however the Raiders fought back to level it shortly after. A Dwight Norris goal minutes before the end of the first half saw the Taipans take a 2-1 lead into the break. The Raiders hit back again in a see sawing battle before the Taipans scored again through Tyson Black. In an incredible twist of fortunes, the Taipans conceded minutes from time to level the match and they went for glory as they elected to use the power play however the Raiders countered quickly with seconds left and capitalised on a stretched Taipans defence to steal the points 4-3.

The Women faced second placed Raiders and after a nervy and even opening period, the Raiders capitalised on a defensive error to lead 1-0 at the break. The Raiders doubled their lead on 35 minutes before Elise Battin pulled a goal back almost immediately to give the Taipans a sniff. The Taipans used power play well before the final whistle and their offensive pressure finally told on the Raiders as flying keeper Danika Matos found space and scored an equaliser with just a few minutes left. Just as the game looked destined to end in a draw, a sloppy turnover on the half way line saw the Raiders break quickly and they scored with 10 seconds left on the clock to steal the three points 3-2.

The Men had the perfect weekend last week and they are finally starting to play the futsal we know they can play. It was three points or bust for the Taipans as they have given themselves an unlikely shot at a late push for a finals birth. Despite an onslaught on the Raiders goal, the Taipans could not find a way past their goalkeeper who looked to be having an incredible day. As luck would have it, the Taipans hit the post at one end and seconds later they found themselves one down. That is how it stayed at the break however just 5 minutes into the second half, a well worked move saw Dion Sterjovski and Matthew Mazevski link up for a great team goal to level the scores. Just three minutes later, Sterjovski was on hand to neatly finish and put the Taipans ahead before an amazing turn and volley from Cody Waller saw the Taipans take a 3-1 lead. The Raiders pulled a goal back on 35 minutes after a frenetic opening to the second half. The game was tight and tense as the Taipans were looking to hold on against a Raiders onslaught. The Taipans finally sealed the points after a corner set piece was handled on the line resulting in a penalty which was converted sealing a 4-2 win and strengthening the Taipans’ late push for a finals spot.

We host SD Raiders next week in what shapes as a monster weekend for so many of our teams. There are League titles and top four aspirations all going on the line as we head into the penultimate weekend of the regular season. Join us at URAC for what we hope is a special day.

Review Round 11 vs West City Crusaders

We had all our academy teams in action on Sunday as we took on West City Crusaders on Sunday in the second of the double header games over the weekend. Sadly, Crusaders do not field any academy sides, but it was great to see the likes of Wolves and Russell vale coming in and having a kick with our academy teams.

The 12 Boys kicked off the day against Crusaders on the main court. Despite being a tad depleted, credit to the Crusaders for putting in a determined defensive effort throughout the game. The Taipans were dominating in aspects of the game except the scoreboard. The Taipans took a 2-1 lead into the break and could only add one more goal to take the game 3-1 and effectively seal their playoff position.

The 13 Girls were on a 3-game winning streak and looking to make it four. It didn’t take long for the Taipans to hit the ground running and girls continued a dominant weekend of futsal rounding out a comprehensive 9-1 win. The win sees the girls move to second spot as they give themselves a real shot at winning the League with three more wins. It is also worth a mention that not only are they lighting it up at the offensive end, they have conceded the least amount of goals to date than any other team in their age division.

The 14 Boys suffered a shock loss on Saturday however they bounced back in style with a resounding 12-0 win over a Crusaders side that simply did not have answers to the Taipans threats. Liam Bonetig and Ben Caroutas doing most of the damage with four goals each. With SD Raiders losing over the weekend, the win sees the boys go top of the ladder (on goal difference) with just three rounds to go.

It was great to see the 15 Girls lead and go on with it from go to woe. The girls faced a Crusaders side still searching for their first win of the season however they were not about to give any presents on Sunday. They started the game strongly getting out to a two nil lead early before consolidating on that to score three more second half goals to take the game. The girls are an outside chance at finals series futsal but will need to win their remaining games and hope one or two results also go their way.

Top topping 16 Boys were on fire on Sunday. Four different scorers in Cody Ashburner, Tyson Black, Alex Bonetig and Giovanni Panuccio all scored a brace each to record a comfortable 8-1 win which not only helps the boys maintain their position at the top of the table, but it also strengthens their goal differential. They need just four more points from the last three games to go back to back League Champions in NPL1 and 2.

The 18 Girls had won just twice in their last six games coming into this match and knew that any dropped points here would be disastrous for their ailing season campaign. They struggled to beat a determined Crusaders in the reverse fixture and this time round, they managed to safely negate the game. A 2-0 lead at the break was doubled leading to a much more comfortable 4-0 victory which puts them back on track for a playoff position.

The AWD suffered a surprise loss (first one of the year) on Saturday and they knew they could not afford any more slip ups otherwise they could find themselves giving up their grip on the League title. Boosted by the return of Mitchell Forrest, the guys showed why they are favourites with a solid 6-1 win. Mitchell celebrated his return to the team with a hattrick whilst the reliable Rocco Musumeci also scored a hattrick. The win sets up an epic rematch and showdown with Raiders next week to possibly decide the league champion.

The Youth Men lost a heartbreaking match on Saturday and it was always going to be a difficult ask to get the boys up for another cracking game. After a tentative start, the match sprung to action with the Crusaders scoring the opening goal on 11 minutes and just as the Taipans were starting to get some momentum, a penalty in the last minute of the first half was converted to give the Crusaders a handy 2-0 lead.  Jordan Boutros pulled a goal back just after the break to give the Taipans some hope but 2 minutes later the Crusaders restored their two-goal buffer. The Taipans looking to use power play midway through the second to try and rescue some points however the game blew out as we succumbed to a 6-2 loss.

The Women had to win this game otherwise their top four hopes could have been dashed. Things started well as Danielle Wise put the Taipans in front with two well taken goals inside the opening 8 minutes. West City pulled a goal back two minutes from the break only for Kya Stewart to restore the two goal buffer. A late freekick with effectively the last kick of the half reduced the deficit to one goal as the Crusaders hot back again. It was all the Taipans in the second half as firstly Stewart scored just after the restart and Katelyn Leadbeatter scored to make it 5-2 before Wise got her hattrick to make it 6-2 and make it more of a reflection of the game.

It was a six-point weekend for the men’s side. They piled on the goals as they triumphed 5-1 against West City Crusaders on Sunday afternoon. Crusaders were the fastest out of the blocks, Ryan Faulkner fired home after six minutes to make it 1-nil. From there, it was all Taipans. Cody Waller bookended the performance with his brace, sandwiched between Kyle Del’s brace and the usual goal from Matthew Mazevski for his 12th of the season. That result takes the Taipans to nine points for the season and maybe, a late push for the finals.

18 Club Championship points capped off a great day for the club. We’ll need a couple more if we are to make a late push for the Club Championship.

Next match sees us play Raiders futsal away.

Review Round 10 vs Pheonix Futsal

The omens were not good right from the start of the day when several of our academy and 12 Boys were late having been caught up in heavy traffic in the Northern Suburbs. Both our Boys and Girls Development teams got a hit out with games played in good spirit and fairy even.

Our 12 Boys faced a very young and inexperienced Pheonix side still searching for their first win of the season and it was the Taipans that hit the court running scoring a couple of early goals to settle things. Up 4-1 at the break, the Taipans continued their relentlessness despite trying some new combinations which ultimately led to a comprehensive 8-1 win.

The 13 Girls were coming in off a barnstorming finish last week which seems to have instilled a new sense of belief. It showed as they put on a ruthless display against a young Pheonix side who were scrambling most of the game. The Taipans raced to a 7-0 lead at the break and probably took their foot of the accelerator in the second on their way to an 11-0 whitewash.

The 14 Boys had a surprising last start loss last week and were hoping to get back on track against a much improved Pheonix side. Despite waves of pressure and chances, the Taipans could not find a way through the resilient defence from Pheonix who took the lead against the run of play. The Taipans were playing catch up from there and they found themselves two down after conceding another on the break. The boys threw bodies forward, but it was to not avail as Pheonix were good value for the points in a match that also saw the Taipans keeper sent off for handling the ball outside his area.

The 15 Girls as they have done for more than half their games hit the lead through a Zoe Anderson tap in and kept that advantage to half time. Two goals back to back saw Phoenix take the lead midway through the second before the Taipans stormed back nabbing an equaliser through sustained pressure which saw a shot deflected an in. The game ended 2-2 which was perhaps fitting given the context of the match. The draw looked to have dented any hopes the girls had of finishing in the playoffs.

The 16 Boys competition is proving to be tough. There are literally no easy games and when you are on top of the ladder in a competition like this, every other team raises their effort another 20%. The win last week was big and despite having a depleted side this week, the boys were looking to stay in pole position. It was a cagey start and both sides seemed to be cancelling each other out with scrambling defence. It was Pheonix however they broke through first and took that lead into the break. The Taipans side is full of character and they grinded away at the opposition forcing an equaliser through Josh Montgomery before an amazing solo effort from Giovanni Pannuccio saw the Taipans hit the lead for the first time in the match. Pheonix threw everything at the Taipans late in the game but it was not enough as we held on for a gritty win and a crucial three points.

On to the 18 Girls who took the lead inside the opening half of an evenly contested game. The game opened up a little more in the second as Pheonix went in search of a result. Chances went begging for both sides and the Taipans missed a couple of great looks. It came back to haunt them as Phenoix found an equaliser and then went ahead courtesy of a controversial free kick. The Taipans rallied and forced Pheonix on the back foot however time beat them as we went down 1-2 which saw the ladies drop (on goal difference) out of the top four.

The AWD boys travelled to Raiders and were looking to effectively wrap up the league championship. Things started as hoped with the boys racing to a 2-0 lead midway through the half before a late rally from Raiders saw them incredibly take the lead at the break. Down on troops, the Taipans tried in vain however the heat and tired legs got the better of them as the Raiders went on a second half rampage running out 10-2 winners.

The Youth Men were looking to bounce back after a 2 week break and they started brightly taking a 2-1 lead into the break. The second half livened up with both teams going hammer and tong. The game also got a little fiery as both teams were determined to get the three points. A third goal was added for the Taipans before an extraordinary sequence of events saw Pheonix pull a goal back through power play and moments later, they did levelled the scores with just minutes left to leave the Taipans shell shocked. Just as we thought we’d have to settle for a draw, the home club scored a cracker at the death to leave the Taipans wondering just what went wrong. The boys played well enough to get something from the game however as happens in sport, extraordinary things happen. That’s futsal.

Back at Hornsby, the Women’s team was looking to bounce back from their last hit out loss against a Phoenix side that was clearly growing in confidence. It was a positive start for the Taipans as they Danielle Wise and Emi Skopal put them 2-0 up at the break and seemingly in cruise control. There were no great signs of things to come however a couple of bombed opportunities seemed to change the momentum and when Pheonix pulled a goal back, it was game on. Another Taipans error was swooped on by the home side to level it up and moments later, Pheonix got their third in 5 minutes to flip the game upside down. Try as the might, Taipans couldn’t break down Pheonix as they “grew another leg” with their confidence and momentum and the Taipans were stung late in the game going for broke amazingly going down 2-4 in a game they controlled for so long.

It was now up to the men to rescue something from what was an ailing day. Things didn’t start well as Pheonix hit the lead inside 2 minutes and they had a few more chances early to extend it however some fine keeping from Brad Peryman kept the Taipans in touch. That proved crucial as the Taipans began to create some momentum and chances. Just before half time, Mitch Ferraro finally beat the keeper to level it up. It was all to play for in the second half and both keepers were kept busy repelling shots. Kyle Del needed two goes to beat the keeper and put Taipans ahead before Matthew Mazevski extended the Taipans lead to 3-1. Pheonix went power play and scored twice to level it up with just 5 minutes left and they smelled blood as they continued that ploy. The Taipans learned to contain it better and a couple of intercepts led to goals which saw the men eventually run out 5-3 winners.

All teams were now required to back it up on Sunday as we hosted West City Crusaders.

Round 9 Review vs Boomerangs FS

We travelled to Queanbeyan to take on the Boomerangs on Saturday in the recently built and impressive Q-One Indoor Sports Centre. Thank you to the Boomerangs for hosting our academy teams where they were able to play several games. It was great to see both clubs investing in their junior programs.

With the academy program of games out of the way, the 12 Boys were expected to make light work of the Boomerangs however despite the Taipans getting off to a flying start, the hosts fought back and were within touching distance throughout most of the first half with the Taipans leading 3-2 at the break. Five goals inside the opening seven minutes of the second half blew the game wide open and the Taipans ended up running out comfortable 9-3 winners. Hat-tricks to Oliver Randazzo and Noah Crapis were highlights.

The 13 Girls was one of the most entertaining games we’ve seen this year for this age group. It was a tightly contested first half which saw an Indiana Dos Santos goal the only score of the half. That all changed in a blink of an eye with the Boomerangs scoring back to back goals within a minute inside the first five minutes of the restart. The Taipans rallied and found an equalizer shortly after before Demi Gay put the Taipans 3-2 ahead midway through the second half. With just three minutes on the clock, the home side found an equalizer despite some heroics from goalkeeper Tahlia Sharrock. Just when we though we’d have to settle for a draw, up stepped Mila Gehrke who scored a cracker in off the post with virtually the last kick of the game to steal the points with a thrilling 4-3 win.

The 14 Boys were somewhat depleted during this game however they were still expected to get the points. Despite some good early possession for the Taipans, it was the Boomerangs who scored first on 7 minutes and they doubled their lead on 14 minutes leaving the Taipans a little shell shocked. True to spirit, the boys immediately rallied and two goals in two minutes leveled the scores before the break. The Taipans continued their momentum scoring again on 30 minutes however two goals in 2 minutes just a few minutes later changed the course of the game and despite some good looks, Boomerangs hung on to a nail-biting 4-3 win.

The 15 Girls played a ruthless Boomers side however from the opening exchanges, it was the Taipans who held a good defensive line and created the better of the chances for the half. As happens in sport, you need to take your chances otherwise you are likely to get punished. The Boomerangs scored first on 16 minutes through fortunate circumstances. A quick kick in caught the Taipans napping however how the officials found it a Boomers ball remains a mystery.  With the Taipans forced to change their strategy, the Boomers found more space on a monster sized court and added three more goals to win the game 4-0 however we felt the score line didn’t quite reflect the closeness of the game.

The 16 Boys were looking to put some respectability into what was turning out to be a frustrating day with no club championship points and just two more games to go. The lads got off to a flyer with a well worked set piece seeing Tyson Black net for the Taipans and he doubled his tally with another well taken goal on 11 minutes to see the Taipans take a handy 2-0 lead into the break. The top of the table Boomerangs were not going to lie down though as they launched their revival by pulling a goal back with 7 minutes left. It set up a thrilling finish with both sides guilty of poor finishing and some great goalkeeping. The Boomerangs threw everything at the Taipans however with a bit of luck, we held on to win 2-1 and go top of the table.

The 18 Girls were missing three influential players however there was still faith and trust in the squad. It didn’t start well for the Taipans as they conceded in the opening minutes however they settled into the game and if it weren’t for some fine goalkeeping from the Boomerangs keeper, the Taipans could have found themselves in front. We’ve said it before, we are just not taking enough of our chances and we are getting punished. The Boomerangs scored with seconds remaining before the break to rub it in and go 2-0 up. Credit to the Taipans who rallied and defended desperately in the second half. An Olivia Riddel goal with 7 minutes left setup a grandstand finish however as luck would have it, we just couldn’t find a way through the resolute Boomers who held on for a 2-1 win.

It was a rather frustrating week given the club’s great week last week. We will be looking to bounce back this weekend with a double header weekend. We travel to Hornsby to tackle Pheonix on Saturday before backing it up at home against West City Crusaders on Sunday.

Round 8 – Review vs Sydney City Eagles

It was a super Saturday of futsal at URAC in Round 8 as the Taipans hosted first round opponents Sydney City Eagles. Over on court three, our academy and development teams were all in action. A big thank you to all the local teams coming in and giving our players a game.

With the day kicking off officially with the 12 boys, it was a chance for our boys to close the gap at the top and get some redemption for their round one 2-7 loss. This was a high caliber game that saw chances at both ends and the game proved to be very tight. The league-leading and undefeated Eagles took a 2-1 lead into the break and the Taipans blew several missed opportunities throughout the second half. It proved decisive as the Eagles prevailed 3-2 in a nail-biting contest.

Following last weeks surprise loss to Sydney Futsal Club, the 13 Girls Taipans were looking to get back to winning ways. Sydney City proved to be stubborn opposition early as the Taipans only converted a couple of their opportunities to lead it 2-0 at the break. It was a different story in the second as the girls ran riot scoring five times with Indiana Dos Santos and Demi Gay bagging hat-tricks in a 7-1 romp.

The 14 Boys kicked off what was a fabulous club championship points day with an 8-4 win over the Eagles. It wasn’t smooth sailing as the Eagles battled hard all game however the boys showed why they are leading the competition with some fine finishing. The Eagles keeper was kept busy all game with Anton Radice-Jones helping himself to a four-goal haul. The Taipans maintain their 3-point buffer at the top of the table.

On paper, the 15 Girls were facing an uphill task against a team that was battling it out for top spot. In the reverse fixture, the Taipans went down fighting 4-5 in round one. It was another battle with both sides going at each other in a fiery encounter. A Zoe Anderson goal in the first half was all that separated the sides and the second half saw more drama with the Eagles equalizing. Just as the game was looking to end in a stalemate, the Taipans for the second week in a row scored late however this time it was to nick all three points in an important 2-1 win that continued to set up our day.

The 16 Boys were coming off a shock 5-1 loss to Sydney Futsal last week. This allowed the rest of the field to close the gap in a competition where the top four places are separated by just 3 points. The Taipans were still leading the way though and it was crucial they put in a good performance. It didn’t take long for the Taipans to assert their authority on the match and they took a well deserved 2-0 lead into the break. The Taipans carried on with the job with a comprehensive 5-0 win that keeps them top (for now).

With nine points separating the sides, it was expected that the 18 Girls would regain their feet and get the result against the Eagles. It was a dogged display by the Eagles who appeared to have several 15 girls backing up. The Taipans dominating possession by only holding a 1-0 lead going into half time. Once Taipans scored a second, the Eagles looked a beaten side and two more goals soon followed as the girls ground out a sound 4-0 win to go third.

The Youth Men bounced back last week with a comprehensive win against Sydney City and were looking to continue their form. Continue they did. After a cagey start, Jordan Boutros put Taipans ahead and two goals just before the break to Joel Perry and Nick Tomasiello put the Taipans in firm control at the break. Inside a minute of the restart, Jamie Boutros converted to make it four and second to Joel Perry capped off a brilliant 5-0 win. It wasn’t all one way traffic though and credit to the boys for some desperate defending and wonderful goalkeeping by Kaydin Harrison kept the pressure on the Eagles all game.

The Women’s team were looking for some revenge on the Eagles following their miraculous round 1 comeback and 4-3 upset. It was a mistake that Taipans were not about to make again. The ladies led 2-0 at the break and dominated chances and possession despite a couple of brave saves by Miriam Bartlett. The ladies this time went on with it scoring a couple of nice goals in the second to take out the match 4-0 and firm their position in the top four.

Our men’s team was coming off a heroic midweek win over Inner West Magic however despite a good start, it was a clinical Eagles who seemed to punish every Taipans error taking a 3-0 lead into the break. It was much the same story in the second with the Taipans creating numerous opportunities that were thwarted by Eagles keeper John Dimitrakes who was having a super game. The Eagles showed just why they are #1 and unbeaten holding off Taipans and countering with efficiency to run out 6-1 winners.

It was never the less a great day for the club hauling in 18 club championship points.

The Senior teams played Boomerangs on Sunday at Illawarra Hockey Centre after a request by the ACT side to bring these games forward. Things didn’t quite go to plan for the Taipans.

The Youth men made a slow start and found themselves a goal down early and despite having the better chances, were unable to penetrate and break down a stubborn Boomerangs side in the first half. Two more goals followed as the Taipans looked to push in getting a result. The boys going down 0-3 in a game I am sure they wish they had back again.

The Women were looking to put pressure on league leaders Boomerangs however despite a bright start by the Taipans, it was Boomerangs who took the lead. In fact, the Boomerangs scored three times to stun the Taipans who probably deserved to be a lot closer than that. The Taipans did pull a goal back just before the break to grab some momentum. It was a renewed second half performance by the Taipans and just as they clawed another back. Just as the ladies got themselves back in it, they conceded again. A late power play saw the ladies claw another back, but it was too little too late as the ladies went down 3-4.

The Men made a bright start scoring a great team goal to go ahead. The Boomers however found an equalizer to level the game 1-1 at the break. It was a see-sawing battle in the second that saw the Boomers score two goals in the space of a few minutes to take a firm grip of the game. The Taipans rallied but were caught out again and much like the women’s another power play goal late on to the Taipans put some respectability into the game, but it was a case of missed opportunities coupled with some good execution by the Boomers that saw the Taipans go down 3-5.

Our junior teams travel to Queanbeyan on Saturday to see out the rest of Round 9.

Round 7 Review vs Sydney Futsal Club

We travelled to UNSW to play 11 Boys and 11/12 Girls. It was a small venue with very limited parking never the less, it was a healthy hit out for our development sides.

The club packed up and moved down the road to Redfern where the graded teams were scheduled to play.

The official part of the day kicked off with our 12 Boys looking for some redemption following last week’s loss. They got off to a good start and carried that momentum throughout the rest of the game to get the three points. The boys started the game well and took a commanding 4-0 lead into the break. The second half petered out a little with the coaching staff looking to experiment a little. Hat tricks to Levi Martins and Oliver Randazzo were highlights.

It was not the most polished performance from the 13 Girls as they gave up a couple of soft goals to be down 2-0 at the break. A couple of good chances going begging in the process. The girls got themselves back in the game with a Beth Atkins goal midway through the half however just as it appeared a comeback was on the cards, we conceded a third. Despite a couple of great chances late in the game, it was just one of those days where the ball didn’t want to go in. The 1-3 loss sees the girls fall to third place.

The 14 Boys made lightning start as they scored inside 12 seconds. Sydney Futsal looked to settle as they dominated chances over the next few minutes. A second for the Taipans after 8 minutes seemed to deflate the home side who found themselves in foul trouble in the first half. A third soon followed before a last man red card for the home side saw Taipans score a fourth just before the break.

Things settled in the second and despite Sydney Futsal scoring two unanswered goals, it was too little too late as the damage had already been done in a solid 4-2 Taipans win.

The 15 Girls match turned out to be quite a see sawing game… Taipans led 2-0 mid way through first half with goals to Maya Turner after some good pressure and sustained possession. Sydney Futsal pulled a goal back late in the half to build some momentum and they capitalised by scoring two more in the second to take the lead. The Taipans rallied and a late goal to Jessica Bermudez salvaged a point in an entertaining 3-3 draw.

The 16 Boys match was quite extraordinary. Whilst the previously undefeated Taipans were expected to win this match, things didn’t go to plan. A couple of early defensive mistakes were capitalised by the home side and despite a mountain of pressure, Sydney Futsal were holding on with some fine goalkeeping and desperate defending. The second half saw much the same with Taipans holding a glutton of possession which was not being converted. The home side caught the Taipans napping to make it three mid-way through the second. The Taipans went to power play and again desperate defending saw the home side nab two more in an empty net. The Taipans scored a last second consolation through a penalty which keeper Riley Nicholl converted.

The boys’ shock loss seemed to stun the club as the 18 Girls who were starting to show some fine form got off to a slow and sluggish start and found themselves 0-3 down at the break. With things changed up, the girls come out firing and scored early to reduce the deficit but soon after found themselves 1-4 down. Both teams traded goals again before three goals inside the last 7 minutes including 2 inside the last 90 seconds helped rescue a point in a pulsating 5-5 draw.

The Youth were up next and they probably put in the performance of the day. It was a nervy first half and both teams had chances with goalkeeper Kaydin Harrison making a number of crucial saves to preserve a 2-1 lead into the break. These saves proved pivotal as the lads come out firing in the second and blasted the opposition off the court with five unanswered goals including a hat trick to Louis Connell. The 7-1 win sees them jump to second spot on the ladder.

The Women’s team had not won since round 3 and were slowly slipping away from the leaders however the ladies showed what they can do with a strong performance. The ladies held possession well and created numerous chances which helped them on to a handy 3-0 lead at the break. The Taipans then opened the flood gates with four goals inside 8 minutes to crack open the game and despite a couple of goals midway through the half, Taipans recorded a morale boosting 8-2 win highlighted by four goals to Danika Matos. The ladies move to third.

The Men’s team were looking to go back to back however an early goal proved to be a setback. The home side were brimming with confidence and they got a second midway through the half and had it not been for some terrific keeping from Brad Peryman, the Taipans got have lost a grip of the game however the keeper seemed to inspire the boys as Rick Goodchild pulled a goal back just before the break to give the Taipans some hope. The home side scored first in the second before the Taipans launched an amazing comeback with firstly Mitchell Ferraro pulling a goal back before Takao Teramato getting on the end of a Matt Mazevski shot to equalise. It was Mazevski then who put the Taipans in front with a well taken goal however just as it appeared the men were set for their second straight win, two goals in the final 6 minutes from the home side led to a heartbreaking 4-5 loss.

The club started the second half of the year hosting Sydney City Eagles on Saturday with the senior teams playing Boomerangs at home on Sunday.