Category: Match Reports

Round 6 vs SD Raiders

This could prove to be a defining round in the race for club championship honors. We travelled to Fairfield to take on league leaders SD Raiders. As expected, games were tightly contested, and it was great to see us get on the positive end of some of these close games.

We kicked off the day with the Development Boys and Girls teams in what was an early morning start. Both games were played in the right spirit as teams were evenly matched.

As the court was adjusted for the graded games, our 12 Boys hit the court against a nifty SD Raiders side that seemed to be a little more clinical than our boys. A 0-3 half time deficit could not be hauled back as the second placed home side recorded a solid 0-4 win. The loss sees our boys remain in fourth spot despite being held scoreless for the first time this season.

The 13 Girls were 5 from 5 going into this match and had the opportunity to take a stranglehold on the league championship as they faced third placed SD Raiders. They found themselves down early and were left ruing their missed chances as they headed to the break 1-4 down. It was a better second half which saw out girls finding their feet however they could not overcome the deficit as they succumbed 3-5 in their first loss of the season. In fact, this is the first time this season, our 12B and 13G have both lost on the same day. The loss sees the girls slip to second (on goal difference) in what is a close competition.

Our 14 Boys have been one of our shining lights this year as they took on fellow league leaders in a top of the table clash. After a tense opening quarter, Taipans hit the lead and further consolidated their lead into half time ahead 3-0. They did not let up in the second half as they put the home side to the sword with a comprehensive 7-2 win. The win sees them sit outright leaders heading into Round 7. One of the pleasing stats to come from this game was the fact that we had six different scorers.

Over to the 15 Girls who have not had much luck so far this season having lost more than half their games by a solitary goal. It was sadly the same story this week as they succumbed 2-3 in a fiery contest that literally could have gone either way. With the Taipans hitting the lead early, the home side responded to level the scores at the break and despite a late barrage of attack from the Taipans late in the game, the girls were unable to rescue a point.

League leaders Taipans 16 Boys continued their good run of form with a sound 4-1 win over SD Raiders. The boys took control early and never really gave the opposition a sniff despite them hanging in for much of the game. Alex Bonetig helping himself to a brace whilst the hard-working Josh Montgomery also found the scoresheet along with Giovanni Panuccio.

The 18 Girls were coming off a last start loss and were looking to get their season back on track. The game end to end with neither side able to find the ascendancy throughout the first half as teams went into the break locked at 1-1. It was the Taipans through Rilee Wagner that got the breakthrough and looked to have built a game winning lead only for SD Raiders to come back late in the game. It was too little, too late as the Taipans held on for a narrow 4-3 win.

The Youth Men have had to battle it out all season with close games just about every week. This week was no different. Playing the league leaders, the Taipans hit the lead through Nick Tomasiello however the home side responded with two goals to take a 2-1 lead at the break. The Taipans levelled the scores again through Tomasiello before a late strike saw the SD Raiders again take the lead. With the final seconds ticking away, the Taipans launched another raid and it was Tomasiello again (hattrick) who managed to scramble the ball over the line with effectively the last kick of the game to earn the Taipans a valuable 3-3 draw.

The Women’s game had further drama to what was already an exciting day of futsal. The Taipans hit the lead through their top scorer in Danielle Wise and despite a glutton of possession, the ladies had to be content with a 1-0 lead at the break. SD Raiders however drew level mid-way through the second half before having had one of their players sent off for violent conduct. The Taipans could not capitalize on their advantage and they were made to pay for it with a goal late in the game that saw the SD Raiders take a 2-1 lead fundamentally against the run of play. The Taipans pushed hard in the dying seconds and a wonderful strike from Danika Matos right on the hooter saw the Taipans salvage a point although missed chances saw the ladies perhaps drop two points.

The Taipans Men’s team has been ravaged by injury over recent weeks however the guys have battled hard without luck. They have showed glimpses of what they are capable however just haven’t been able to put it together for 50 minutes (until Saturday). They took on second placed SD Raiders who are considered a chance at the title and some strong defence was rewarded with a goal to Cody Waller. It was veteran Nick Carle who equalized for the home side before a cracking Matt Mazevski finish saw the Taipans take a 2-1 lead into half time. The second half was much the same and despite some good possession from SD Raiders, they were finding it difficult to penetrate what was a much more disciplined defensive display. It took a piece of magic from Carle to restore parity midway through the half but minutes later, Kyle Del was left open on the far post to put the Taipans ahead again. End to end futsal ensued however no further score was added as the Taipans held on for their first points of the campaign and perhaps this may kick start their season.

In further news, the men’s team travelled to Valentine Sports Park to play the partially deferred Futsal Cup game against Mountain Majik. With scores at 1-1 and a full half to play, it was backs to the wall stuff for a Taipans side that had several players unavailable for that match through work and injury.

As expected, Majik had most of the possession however the guys continued their strong defensive work ethic. It took Majik 12 minutes to break down the Taipans and it looked like that goal may be enough however the Taipans were not ready to lie down and after going into power play deep into the game, Kyle Del managed to scramble home an equalizer to send the game to overtime. With no further score added, it came down to penalties and the Taipans held their nerve best to record a memorable win which sees them through to the Quarter Finals of the futsal cup.

This coming week, the Taipans are on the road again in Redfern taking on Sydney Futsal Club.

Round 5 vs Raiders Futsal Club

Another big weekend of matches as we hosted Raiders Futsal Club. We are proud of the fact we try and give all our academy teams games (particularly at home). Thanks to Shellharbour and Russell Vale Junior football clubs for helping fill the void in some of our academy games. The young Taipans had a blast and it was great to see some many kids enjoying this sport.

With the graded games kicking off at 10.00am, our 12 Boys kicked us off and they found themselves in a bit of a dog fight as Raiders were hanging tough. Taipans took a narrow 3-2 lead into the break but two unanswered goals in the second half saw the visitors inflict the boys’ second defeat of the season as they went down 3-4. Levi Martins and Luca Radice-Jones getting amongst the goals.

The 13 Girls have been our form team this year and coach Alan Kent has them playing a very attacking brand of futsal. They were however frustrated in the first half as Raiders scored literally with their only real chance and they dug deep to keep the Taipans at bay throughout the first period. As soon as the Taipans found an equaliser just after the break, the flood gates seemed to open with the girls going in a scoring rampage putting five goals past the Raiders eventually running out 5-1 winners. Indiana Dos Santos continues her goal scoring form with a double with contributions from Beth Atkins, Hazel Atkins and Sofia Kent.

The 14 Boys kicked off out Club Championship games with an emphatic 8-0 drubbing of Raiders. It was 3-0 at the break and the boys went on with the job in the second half to consolidate their position in the top four. Doubles to Matthew Jackson, Jayden Makowski and Anton Radice-Jones were supported by goals to Jayden Bojlevski and Nicholas Panuccio.

The 15 Girls took the court and found themselves 3-0 down at the break after a strong start from the visitors. Credit to the girls though for a good second half where they got the only goal only to see themselves go down 1-3 in a tough encounter. Breeana McCormack getting Taipan’s goal.

The 16 Boys have been in good form and kept some momentum going for the club with a sound 5-1 win over Raiders. Cody Ashburner chiming in with a brace whilst Josh Montgomery and Giovanni Panuccio also getting on the scoresheet. After leading 2-1 at the break, the boys went off to round out a solid win.

The 18 Girls have been a little inconsistent and found themselves 0-3 down at the break after some neat finishes from the visitors. The girls managed to stem the flow of goals in the second half however they were unable to make any inroads into the score subsequently going down 0-3.

With the Youth Men up next, the Taipans momentum looked to have stalled. It was the case with the Youth as well. The game was tight and close and could have gone either way. A late goal to Raiders saw them take out the match 0-1.

The Open Women’s team were left frustrated last week with the goal less draw and that frustration seemed to spill over as they fell 1-3 behind early in the game. Despite trying very hard to claw themselves back into the game, Raiders proved too clinical as they ran away with a 2-6 win.

The Men have not had any luck so far this season. With Raiders racing out to a 2-0 lead, Taipans pulled two goals back before the break through Ricky Goodchild and Matthew Mazevski. With the game in the balance, the Taipans hit the lead with a nicely taken Dion Sterjovski goal. The Raiders however responded with three goals of their own in a see-sawing game. Mitch Ferraro pulled a goal back in power play in the dying minutes but the Taipans just ran out of time going down 4-5.

We pick ourselves up and dust ourselves off as we travel to SD Raiders this coming weekend.

Round 4 vs West City Crusaders

The day started with a small tournament for our 9, 10 and 11 Boys who got to play three games across the morning. It was a great little hit out that made the trip up more worthwhile.

The graded games kicked off at 11.00am with the 12 Boys starting our day on a positive note. Their 8-3 win was not their most polished performance of the season however it was good to see six different scorers get on the team sheet. The boys jumped out of the blocks early racing to a 6-1 lead at the break but credit to the Crusaders who fought back in the second half.

The 13 Girls continued their unbeaten streak with an emphatic 10-2 win. It wasn’t all plain sailing though. The first half saw the girls frustrated at 2-2. The came out in the second half and kicked off a flurry of goals that killed of any hope Crusaders had. Indiana Dos Santos scoring four whilst Demi Gay also bagged a hattrick.

The 14 Boys were up next, and it was much the same theme. Crusaders hanging tough in the first half where Taipans led 3-2. The boys tweaked a few things in the second half and it seemed to do the trick as the Taipans dominated chances and possession to record an 8-2 win which now sees them sit outright second on the league table.

The 15 Girls picked up their first win of the season with a solid 3-0 win. The girls led 2-0 at the break and went on with in the second to record a handy win and a clean sheet as well. The win sees them move to sixth on the table.

The 16 Boys continued Taipans’ good start to the day going on to win 7-2. In what was becoming a theme for the day, scores were tight at half time with Taipans holding a slender 3-2 lead. The boys took their chances and went on with it putting four unanswered goals past Crusaders. The win sees the boys take top spot in the league table for now.

The 18 Girls were expected to win this game comfortably however things don’t always go to plan. With the one chance they had Crusaders scored and despite several raids, Taipans found themselves 1-0 down at the break. The girls got the break through early in the second and added a couple more goals to record a 3-1 win. They now sit in third spot on the league table.

The Youth Men match was always going to be a tough one with both sides evenly matched. The Taipans led early and kept their lead to the break. Crusaders finding an equalizer mid-way through the second half. In an end to end match, both sides had their chances however the ball just wouldn’t go in and both sides had to be content with a 1-1 draw.

The Women were looking to continue their fine form after knocking off the two top sides in recent weeks. It was simply just one of those days where the girls just couldn’t buy a trick. The huffed and puffed but couldn’t find a way through the resolute Crusaders defense. On another day, the girls would have perhaps have comfortably won this match, but it just wasn’t to be. The draw sees them drop to third.

The Men had a good midweek showing in the Cup match and were looking to bring that into this game. The guys started reasonably well denying the Crusaders a penalty early before taking the lead through Rick Goodchild. The Crusaders found an equalizer in the first half to go to the break all square. Things went south for the Taipans midway through the second as they conceded three quick goals to give the Crusaders a handy lead. The guys went power play late in the game to try and claw the way back however the score blew out 6-1 in the end. It was a lot closer than the score suggested however the guys need to pick themselves up and dust themselves off and go again next week.

Next week, we host Raiders Futsal Club.

Round 3 vs Pheonix Futsal Club

We hosted another exciting day futsal as we welcomed Pheonix Futsal Club to the South Coast. The single court saw all our academy and development sides taking the court. We would like to thank Pheonix for doubling up in some games and to the local club sides for filling in to ensure all our pre-grade teams got a game.

The 12 Boys kicked off the day as usual with a comprehensive 9-1 win over Pheonix. The young lads put on quite an exhibition scoring some top-quality goals throughout the match. Leading 4-1 at half-time, the boys went on with it notching up their second win on the trot.

The 13 Girls are starting to hit their straps as well making it three wins from as many starts. The girls got off the blocks quickly racing out to a handy 7-0 lead at the break. They lost their concentration early in the second as the opposition pulled two back before piling on another four to complete the rout 11-2.

The 14 Boys competition is proving to be tough. This was an even contest with both sides having some good chances however it was the visitors who led 2-1 lead into the break. The second half saw the Taipans hit back immediately before the visitors went ahead again. The Taipans leveled the scores 3-3 deep into the game before both sides had to settle for a draw.

The 15 Girls are improving with each game however they would be a little disappointed with the result. Despite going down early, the girls fought back and led 2-1 at the break. Sadly, the girls were not able to add to this in the second half and the visitors nabbed two goals to take the game 3-2. To be fair, the girls we feel deserved at least a point from this game.

The boys-men matches were all proving to be nail-biting games. The 16 Boys was a fantastic game of futsal although it didn’t look like it when Pheonix punished Taipans turnovers to lead 0-3 at the break. Top the boys’ credit, they did not give up and they pulled a goal back early before getting a second midway through the half. When the Taipans equalized inside the last 6 minutes, we were in for a grandstand finish and the boys were unlucky in the end not to do the full recovery as the game ended 3-3.

The 18 Girls was a game that Taipans expected to win however things were not going to script early. The girls were 0-2 down early and things were looking a little gloomy however buoyed by the 16 Boys comeback, the girls bounced back quickly taking a 4-3 lead into the break. The girls then went on with the job after tweaking their strategy to record a morale boosting 7-3 win.

The AWD team took on Sydney Eagles in a round 1 re-match. The Eagles proved tough opponents a few weeks ago although the Taipans over run them in the second half. The Taipans raced out to a handy 3-0 lead early before the Eagles pulled a couple back before the break. There were goals exchanged before the Eagles drew level 4-4. A wonder goal following an amazing run by keeper Whalan put Taipans ahead late before a cracking finish saw the Eagles level late on with the scores finishing 5-5 in an amazing game.

The Youth Men was a big game in the scheme of things and there was high drama in that game. The teams traded early goals before they cancelled each other out again midway through the half. A goal right on half time saw the Taipans take a narrow 3-2 lead. The Taipans scored early in the second get some breathing space but a goal midway through the half set up a grand stand finish. Neither side could score and as tensions built over the final minutes Pheonix lost their heads after a crude challenge saw a player sent off. The Taipans holding on for a nail-biting 4-3 win.

The Women have made a bright start and apart from a small 5-minute period all season, have been going strong. They faced an unbeaten Pheonix side who was confident going into this match. The Taipans however started the better and scored two goals early before the visitors clawed themselves back levelling the game up midway through the half. The Taipans then pulled two clear before the break. The ladies went on with the job scoring four unanswered goals to seal the game 8-2 and put themselves top of the table.

The Men have not had the greatest of starts however they were buoyed by last week’s second half performance. The game didn’t start well as the lads found themselves two goals down after 16 minutes. Mazevski pulled a goal back just before half time to give the boys some momentum. A goal just after the break saw the visitors take a 3-1 lead before A Waller strike followed by another Mazevski goal saw the Taipans level the scores. With just five minutes left, disaster struck as the Taipans had a player unfortunately sent off for a double yellow and Pheonix pounced on the advantage and despite a barrage of attack in the dying minutes, the Taipans went down 3-4.

The Men and Women take on Mountain Majik midweek in the FNSW Futsal Cup before the club travels to Windsor to take on West City Crusaders on Saturday.

Round 2 vs Boomerangs

Round 2 saw us host Boomerangs in a full day of futsal that saw all our club’s teams in action. Thanks to Boomerangs for bringing up all their academy teams with some doubling up to help with giving everyone a game. We are very proud of the fact that we have a strong junior program and it was great to see them putting their training to the test.

The 12 Boys kicked off the graded schedule in style in emphatic fashion overwhelming the visitors 12-0. The boys were able to put last weeks disappointment behind them as they raced to a 4-0 lead inside the opening 5 minutes. They cruised through the game managing to keep a clean sheet which has helped put their season back on track.

Our 13 Girls dominated possession and chances on their way to a deserved 3-0 win. They laid the platform in the first half and had they been a little more composed in front of goal, they may have piled on a few more goals. It was back to back wins for the girls who are improving with each week.

The 14 Boys were technically good although momentary lapses in concentration kept the opposition within touching distance throughout the game. After a tight and nervy opening, we took control and saw out a good 5-3 win which opened our Club Championship points for the day.

Our 15 Girls drew 3-3 in a see-sawing game that saw both teams with the lead at various stages of the game. It was probably a fair result however the girls will rue some good looks. The girls will be glad to have picked up their first points of the campaign and be looking to build on this in the coming weeks as they would have gained great confidence from that performance.

The 16 Boys played one of the games of the day in an enthralling 2-2 draw. Boomers took a deserved 2-0 lead and it could have been worse for the Taipans had it not been for some strong keeping from Gee. To their credit, the boys weathered the storm and start and pulled a goal back just before half time. A strong second half saw the boys put the visitors on the back foot before getting an equaliser.

18 Girls were looking to build on a strong performance last week however Boomerangs got out of the blocks quickly racing to a 2-0 lead before a quick reply reduced the deficit. As much as the girls tried in the second half, the ball just didn’t roll their way and they couldn’t find a way through a resolute Boomers defence who saw out the game.

With Boomerangs seemingly having changed the momentum of the day, the Youth Men took the court in another entertaining game. The Taipans took an early lead through Connell before Boomers bounced back with two unanswered goals midway through the half to take the lead. Taipans hit back almost immediately to drew level before a late goal just before half time saw the visitors retake the lead. With the game on the line, Taipans equalised midway through the second half before a last minute goal to the visitors saw them prevail in a heartbreaking 3-4 loss.

The Open Women were up next and were not only looking to regain some club momentum but also to bounce back from last weeks surprise loss. They jumped ahead inside the opening minutes through W-League star Leena Khamis before Danika Matos doubled the lead midway through the half. A goal right on the half time whistle by Danielle Wise saw the Taipans dominate the game and race out to a 3-0 lead. Boomerangs threw everything at Taipans in the second half but the ladies held firm before a late penalty saw the visitors grab a consolation goal as we ran out 3-1 winners.

The Open Men took the court and after a bright opening first few minutes, Boomerangs put on a devasting spell scoring four goals in three minutes. Things just got worse for the home side as Boomerangs seemingly scored from almost every opportunity jumping out to a 8-0 lead at the break which to be honest couldn’t have come quick enough. The guys were shell shocked and with a few home truths spoken at the break, the men responded winning the second half 2-1 however the damage had already been done. The guys will look to take that second half performance into their next game.

Round 1 vs Sydney City Eagles

Round 1 in NPL2 saw us take on old foes Sydney City Eagles in what was an absorbing day of futsal. It was great to finally get some competitive games under way after steady preseason. We thank Sydney City Eagles for their hospitality and commend them on their home games facility which was impressive.

Our Development (U11) boys kicked off the day with a high quality match featuring some fantastic skill from both sides. Unfortunately, our opponents did not have any other academy sides so it was a week off for many of our younger Taipans.

The 12 Boys kicked off the graded competitions and the Eagles got off to a flying start leading 3-1 at the break. We just could keep pace with a fluent Eagles attack who also won the second half by the same score leading to a 6-2 win. The Taipans have had an impressive pre-season however this shows they still have some work to do although we feel that the Eagles may just have set a new benchmark in this age group.

The 13 Girls had a torrid season last year and with a new sense of ambition coupled with a encouraging preseason, the girls started their league campaign with a hard fought 3-2 win over a resilient Eagles. It was the Taipans that hit the lead early but two goals from breakaways saw the girls fall behind at the break. The Taipans appeared to be in control of the game despite the score and their possession and determination showed in the second half where two unanswered goals saw them to victory.

The 14 Boys kicked off the first official Club Championship points game and got us off to a nice start. The boys looked to be firmly in control despite being up just 2-1 at the break however a much more efficient second stanza saw the boys pull away before a couple of late goals put some respectability back into the game with the Taipans winning 5-3.

The 15 Girls saw a free flowing and high scoring game with the Eagles running out 5-4 winners. It was all square (2-2) at the break and anyone’s game however the Eagles kicked ahead midway through the second half and despite a strong finish from the girls, we were unable to find an equaliser.

The 16 Boys faced what looked to be a depleted Eagles side. Whilst our boys weren’t at full strength either, we proved too strong for the Eagles on the day. We took control of the game early and never really looked back. Racing out to a 3-0 lead at the break, we looked to take the foot off the gas in the second half eventually running out 5-1 winners which gives a boys a great platform to work from.

The 18 Women are expected to feature in the playoffs and they showed their credentials with a barnstorming 6-3 win headed up by a hat trick from Rilee Wagner. It was a strong offensive display from the Women who had the opposition on the back foot for much of the game. The Eagles did score from a couple of set pieces to keep the score respectable however it truth, the Taipans were just too strong.

The AWD saw a 2017 Grand Final replay and after a tense and nervy opening quarter to the game, the Taipans found the net twice before the break. The Eagles though definitely looked to have had the greater opportunities and had it not been for the goalkeeping heroics of Nathan Whalen, it could have been anything. The Eagles looked to be deflated by their lack of reward for the effort and the Taipans took full advantage by running away with the match winning comprehensively in the end 6-1 although to be fair, the Eagles didn’t deserve that score.

The Youth Men got off to a rocky start with some careless turnovers allowing the opposition to dictate the game. 3-1 down at the break and the boys were staring down the barrel of defeat. It was all out attack in the second half and coupled with some desperate defending, the boys clawed themselves back into the game drawing level late before a last minute goal pinched it for the Taipans in what was a memorable 4-3 win.

The Open Women welcomed Leena Khamis to the team and got off to a steady start leading 2-0 in the opening term. The first four minutes of the second half saw the game turned on its head with the Eagles scoring three unanswered goals. They added a fourth midway through before the Taipans got back into their groove. The girls pulled a goal back late in the game and had two good looks at an equaliser but were left to rue that period after half time going down 4-3. Lessons learned I am sure.

The Open Men took the field with less than 50% of players available this week. Despite this, the guys took the lead early and seemed to be in control till about midway through the first half when the Eagles took flight. Down 4-2 at the break, the Taipans had a series of good looks thwarted by the Eagles goalkeeper in both halves however lack of depth never really gave the boys a serious chance at threatening the reigning Champions who won comfortably when it was all said and done 6-3.

We now focus our attention to our first home game of the new season as we host Boomerangs FC.

 

Round 5 vs Campbelltown Quake

It was another road trip for the Taipans this week as we travelled to cross town rivals Campbelltown Quake. We only had our 10 Boys Academy, 12 Girls and 11 Boys Development squads in action this week as part of the curtain raisers. In saying that, the younger teams got to play on a bigger court for a change. The teams are showing some promise.

The 12 Boys were coming off the back of two losses and were looking to get back on track. They started the game well with an early goal. They took a grip of the game and scored again inside the opening term to take a comfortable 2-0 lead into the break. Despite missing a plethora of chances in the second half, the boys did put the game to bed adding a third to record a sound 3-0 win which puts them into third position.

The 13 Girls look to be improving each week however despite some good patches in each of their matches, they haven’t been able to maintain that standard for the whole game. They fell behind against a much bigger Quake side early but to the girls’ credit, they fought back to level the scores 2-2 at half time. Quake captilised on several errors to blow the game wide open in the second half and take the game 6-2.

The 14 Boys were coming off their first win of the season last week and they nearly took the lead inside the opening minute but for a fine and perhaps lucky save from the Quake keeper. Quake then peppered the Taipans goal and showed why they are sitting atop the ladder by taking their chances. Up 2-0 at the break, Quake added a couple more to cruise to a 4-0 win.

The 15 girls had drawn their last two matches and were looking to take the three points against second placed Quake. A goal to Taipans inside the first minute set the platform for the girls as they added a second before the break. Quake came at them as they expected them to in the second half and pulled a goal back before the Taipans sealed it with a goal of their own to take the game 3-1 which puts the girls into second spot.

With the 16 Boys next up, Taipans were looking to set up a winning club championship day. The boys took an early lead and looked comfortable however Quake snagged an equaliser This happened again in the first half and despite Taipans’ dominance, Quake took a 3-2 lead at the break. In an exciting and thrilling game that saw several lead changes, the Taipans hit the lead with two unanswered goals but Quake scored late to earn a share of the points. The Taipans Boys will see this as two points dropped particularly considering their dominance of the game.

The 17 girls were expected to win their match against Quake and consolidate their position in the top 4. Despite some good chances and early possession, the Taipans found themselves behind with two sloppy goals gifting Quake a 2-0 lead at the break. The Taipans had Quake pegged back in their half throughout the second period but found it difficult to break down their resolute defence. The girls did grab a goal with virtually the last kick of the game but it was too little too late as they succumb 2-1 to Quake.

The Youth Men took on a powerful Quake side full of experienced campaigners. Quake took an early lead and they were relentless in the first half as the Taipans simply had no answer to their go to players. Quake took firm control of the game 4-0 up at half time. To their credit, Taipans did not lie down and they came out in the second half with more purpose and after pegging the score back to 4-2, it was game on. As minutes ticked by, Taipans went into power play and were caught out twice as they looked to get a result eventually going down 6-2.

The Women’s team have been getting better with each week and they fancied their chances against Quake. It was however the home side that took the lead midway through the first half in an even content however the turning point seemed to come just before half time as Taipans found an equaliser with just seconds remaining. This seemed to spark the girls as they came out in the second half with a greater sense of purpose and when the Taipans hit the lead, it wasn’t exactly unexpected. Taipans added a third to provide a cushion before Taipans’ goalkeeper added a long range fourth intercepting a Quake power play to seal an important 4-1 win and get their points tally ticking.

The men team have been playing well this year despite results not quite working in Taipans’ favour. Taking on third placed Quake at home is about as hard as games get in this league. The Taipans got off to a strong start as they grabbed an early two goal lead. Quake pulled a goal back but Taipans added two more take an incredible 4-1 lead. Quake scored twice inside the last 90 seconds of the first half to peg the Taipans back 4-3 at the break. The Taipans would have been disappointed to see their lead almost vanish but to their credit, the Taipans men kept going at Quake and score three unanswered goals of their own to take a 7-3 lead. With 9 minuted left, Quake deployed their power play and managed to grab three straight goals of their own to peg it back to 7-6 with three minutes remaining and set up a grandstand finish however Taipans were not about to let this one slip as they pounced on a couple of loose balls to nab the last two goals and take what was an incredible game 9-6. It is the first time a men’s team and perhaps any team from Taipans has scored 9 goals in a single game.

Having taken the last two games of the day, Taipans managed to split the round with Quake with their best points haul as the club looks to climb the all important championship ladder.

The Taipans are back home next week against nearest championship rivals Mascot in what shapes as perhaps a season defining round.

Round 3 vs Inner West Magic

Round 3 saw the Taipans host Inner West Magic at URAC. With Development Boys and Girls kicking off the day, there was plenty of good Futsal over the day to keep the players and parents entertained. 

The Taipans 12 Boys had an impressive start to the new season however they faced the side this week that won the State Titles a month ago and was looking to get their season back on track after going down last week. Inner West raced out of the blocks early going 2-0 up before the Taipans settled back into the game. It was end to end from that point and the Taipans gave as good as they got however a third goal midway through the second half to Magic gave the Taipans a mountain to climb. Despite pulling a goal back, the Taipans weren’t able to recover from the start succumbing to their first loss of the season 1-3. 

The 13 Girls have endured a tough start to the season and things weren’t about to get easier as they had their regular keeper unavailable for this match. After keeping up with Magic for the early part of the match, Inner West opened the scoring and sadly, things got worse for the Taipans as Inner West piled on eight unanswered goals to comfortably take out the match. The girls will look to regroup next week. 

It’s been a slow start to the season for the 14 Boys as well although there were encouraging signs last week. The boys once again found themselves behind and playing batch up. For the second consecutive week, they found themselves 3-0 down at half time and although they drew the second half, they could not overcome the deficit going down 4-1. 

The 15 Girls were looking to maintain their perfect start to the season against a very good Inner-West side with championship aspirations. The game started at a frenetic pace with both sides looking to assert their authority. One felt the first goal of the match was going to be crucial and with both sides unable to break the deadlock during the first half, things started to get tense. The Taipans managed to get on the scoresheet early in the second half and with the clock ticking down, Inner West managed to nab an equaliser late in the game to share the spoils 1-1. 

The 16 boys next took to the court and were looking to follow up their impressive win last week with another 3 points. Things were looking good early as the Taipans skipped away to a 3-0 lead only for Inner West to pull a goal back just before the break. The teams traded goals midway through the half before one of the Taipans players saw red. Inner West were unable to initially capitalise but did manage to pull a goal back with minutes left to set up a grandstand finish however the Taipans had the last laugh grabbing a last minute goal to close out the match 5-3. 

The 17 Girls match saw two evenly matches sides go head on. Just like the 15 Girls match, both sides looked to cancel each other out. A well taken goal saw the visitors take a 1-0 lead at the break but the Taipans girls were not about to lie down. They fought hard through the second half and were rewarded with an equaliser which they deserved on the balance of things. There were a few close calls at both ends but no further goals were added as the teams had to settle for a 1-1 draw. 

The AWD team took on Sydney CIty Eagles which was a rematch of the State Titles Grand Final only a few weeks ago. The Eagles proved to be tough competition for the high flying Taipans who did not have things all their way for a change. Despite going up 1-0 midway through the first half, the Taipans conceded to see the scores locked at 1-1 at half time. Not used to being level, the Taipans moved up a gear and peppered the Eagles goal through the second half. Goals started to flow as the Taipans ran out 4-1 winners. 

The Youth boys are starting to show some form and they totally dominated their match against the winless Magic. The boys managed to take a 1-0 lead at the break and they went on with it during the second half scoring four more times to record a comprehensive 5-0 win. The win and goal differential sees them climb to third place on goal difference. 

The Women’s have had a tough start to their season playing the top four teams in the opening rounds. They had failed to score inside the opening two games but the ladies looked to be up for this match. They hit the lead through the first half with a fine goal however their lead was lost late in the first half as they found themselves in foul trouble as they conceded what effectively was a penalty. With top spot on the line, Inner West upped the ante in the second half and broke the Taipans down on two occasions to take the match 3-1. 

The Taipans men have never beaten Inner West and with teams on opposite sides of the ladder, one would have expected the visitors to stroll past the Taipans who were missing a couple of key players. Inner West took the lead midway through the half only to see it cancelled out with a strike by the Taipans. Both keepers were kept busy through the half with no further score. The Taipans stuck it to their more fancied opponents and were not about to give in. The visitors scored from a set piece mid way through the second half. The Taipans had the visitors in foul trouble late in the game however the Taipans could not draw a foul and despite going close on a couple of occasions, the visitors held on to win 2-1. 

Overall, a disappointing day for the club as we picked up only 8 points. We need to start converting some of these draws and narrow losses into wins. 

The Taipans travel to Dural next week with some important games on the schedule. 

Photo: Youth Men – courtesy of Pedro Garcia. 

Round 2 vs UTS Northside

The Taipans hit the road for the first time this season playing UTS at Valentine Sports Centre which unusually was a neutral venue for this match. As usual, our Academy teams kicked things off on much smaller courts than they are perhaps used to however it was great to see these kids learning and enjoying the game.

As we got down to the business end of matches, the Taipans 12 Boys were on a high after their start to the season as they took on a side that beat them in the Beaches Cup only a couple of weeks ago. The Taipans weathered some early pressure from the home side before hitting the front and from that point, South Coast took control of the game. Up 4-1 at half time, the Taipans saw out the game winning 6-2 taking them to the top of the table (on goal difference).

The 13 Girls have endured a tough start to the season. They found themselves behind early in the match as UTS scored four unanswered goals in the first half. The Taipans seemed to do a lot of defending which limited their scoring opportunities. The home side added two more goals in the second half. Although, the Taipans did manage a consolation in what was in the end a comprehensive 6-1 loss.

As we moved on to the 14 Boys, there was an element of expectation from this team however they were dealt a blow before the match with two key players unavailable (injury) for this match. The Taipans got off to a horrific start conceding a couple of soft goals to see them 3-0 down inside the opening 12 minutes. UTS managed a fourth just before the break to take a commanding 4-0 lead into the break. To the Taipans credit, they came out in the second half with purpose and possibly had enough chances to get something from the game. In what was a positive, the Taipans won the second half 1-0 to go down 4-1.

The 15 Girls ground out a good result last week and their match against UTS was set to be even harder. A preseason loss to UTS was motivation for the young Taipans to get something from this game. In a see saw battle that saw chances at both ends, the Taipans hit the lead towards the latter stages of the first half which turned out to be the only goal before the break. The game ebbed and flowed and UTS seemed frustrated at Taipans’ dogged defence. The Taipans weathered the storm and took their opportunities to record a solid 3-0 win which also sees them be the only team in their age category to register maximum points.

The 16 Boys were disappointed with their result last week and were determined to get back on track this week against a resilient UTS side. The game started at a high intensity with both sides getting on the score sheet inside the opening exchanges. The Taipans took a 3-2 lead into half time in what resembled an even arm wrestle. The Taipans looked more determined in the second half and after they went two goals up, they skipped away to record a 6-3 win which puts them back on track in a season where they are expected to do well.

17 Girls next hit the court in a game that looked on paper to be a very even contest that could go either way. The game saw both teams really go at each other early however both sets of players worked hard defensively to keep each other at bay. The first goal of the game was going to be crucial and UTS scored late in the first half to take the lead at the break. The Taipans threw everything at UTS in the second half but the home side defended stoutly and nabbed a second midway through the half to see out the game 2-0.

It was our first chance to see the AWD team in action this week as they took on a newly formed UTS side. After going down early, UTS got back on level terms midway through the first half as the home side gave as good as they got. The Taipans are hot favourites this year and their technique and skill saw them power ahead to a 4-1 lead at the break. UTS in the end were no match for a side that will be hard to stop as the Taipans started their campaign with a handy 7-1 win.

The Youth team fixture has the tenancy to produce the most exciting games of the day. It was certainly the case this week as both sides went toe to toe like two heavy weight boxers. UTS took a 1-0 lead into the break before the Taipans equalised almost immediately from the restart. UTS hit the lead shortly after before the Taipans returned fire. UTS then scored again only to see the Taipans draw level again. The game could have gone either way but despite not having led, the Taipans felt they let slip points in what ended in a thrilling 3-3 draw.

In the penultimate game of what was a long day, the Taipans womens team faced a very competitive UTS side. The home side dominated possession however to the Taipans’ credit, they defended well. UTS did however grab the go ahead goal midway through the half which saw them take a 1-0 lead to the break. The Taipans battled hard through the match but were unable to find a way through the UTS defence. In fact, it was the home side that added two more goals in the second half to record a sound 3-0 win.

In the Men’s match, it was experience that was the difference. UTS featured no less than four NPL1 first grade players from Blacktown City. After a tentative start from both sides, UTS got the breakthrough through a set piece kick in. They doubled their lead soon after as the Taipans were looking to just hang on. It was disaster for the Taipans as UTS scored a third inside the last minute of the half. The Taipans did however manage to pull one back with literally the last kick of the first half. To the Taipan’s credit, they dominated a large portion of the second period however UTS held firm and managed to kill the game with a late goal to seal a 4-1 win.

We walked away with 10 club championship points in a day that could have been so much better. Although it is early days, it looks like it’s going to be a very close battle in the club championship this year with the top three sides separated by three points and the bottom four separated by just two points. We live an learn as we host last years club champions Inner West Magic next week.

Photo credit: Pedro Garcia
Cooper Kerridge running with the ball in 12 Boys.

Open Men’s Match Report: Enfield handle South Coast

Enfield Allstars held out South Coast Taipans 5-3 in an exciting contest at the University of Wollongong Sports Hub.

Both sides gave a solid account for themselves as Allstars took a 3-2 advantage into the break and then held out a second-half Taipans barrage before creating a small buffer they held to the final whistle – the two-goal margin the closest South Coast have come to beating Enfield in seven clashes.

Taipans coach Bobby Mazevski believed his team went unrewarded for a pretty good performance against an experienced Allstars.

“It was a game I felt we deserved to get something from,” he said. “I felt we matched it with Allstars throughout the game but we just didn’t seem to have luck go our way. We hit the post at least five times and conceded a crucial goal to a shorthanded Enfield at 3-2 down. It was probably the turning point.”

“[Enfield keeper] Steven Spirou pulled off several super saves particularly in second half [he also scored a goal]. Overall, I’m pleased with our effort but disappointed with a few of the goals conceded and result.”

It’s been an interesting and ultimately nostalgic few months for Allstars coach Ernie Bivona.

“You could say we freshened things up!” Bivona explained.

“We’ve been really active in the off-season and brought in some really good players. Our number one goal is to stay in premier league this year and make the kids feel like this a real family club that they always feel welcome at.”

“I do believe we’ll be competitive in most age groups, and I think this is going to be a very good club championship competition when it comes to the points-gap between a lot of the clubs on the ladder,” Bivona said.

“The coaches are getting better and many more are getting accredited, the pool of players is getting bigger and a few players who left Futsal have come back – it’s shaping up to be a very interesting competition.”

To underline Bivona’s statement, every club won between 3-6 games on the weekend to get the club championship off to a thrilling start (Majik earned 16 points to reigning champion Magic’s 10).

Against South Coast Bivona was delighted with a tough first-up test. “That club has got some very good coaches and they are well-drilled, whereas we had a short pre-season and our preparation wasn’t the best, so I’m very happy to be coming away with the result,” he said.

“Jake [di Mento] did really well and his opening goal took me back to when he was the first to score for Allstars back in the day. Maybe we felt too comfortable in a few places and South Coast came back at us; I still think we created as many chances at the other end but our shooting was a little off.”