2018-2019 SFL Round 17 wrap-up4 min read
Friday night lights at the Pro Futsal Centre in Bibra Lake, Western Australia, and what a match to start the round with: the blockbuster between Stirling Braza Ginga FC and Rockingham Cambio Cumbre FC. Stirling surprisingly only fielded 8 players for this match, relying on experience to try to beat an in-form Cumbre. Having lost more players in the transfer window than they acquired they decided to play it safe. Cumbre too lost several players in the transfer window, with captain and SFL MVP Tyler Garner moving to Melbourne to join Pasco Vale FC, and, Malaysian International Yazid Omar returning to his professional status at Kuantan Rangers FC. In a tight match with scoring opportunities at a premium, Cumbre ran out 2:1 winners, and Nestor Fonseca excelling with both goals and MOTM honours.
The second match on Friday night was the Andrija Jukic show, with the star forward bagging 4 goals and leading Perth AFC to an 8:3 victory over South Perth FC. Jukic now has an impressive 18 goals in only 8 matches this season. His first season in the State Futsal League has certainly been a memorable one. South Perth continue to blood youth and whilst that was their 4th defeat in a row, the young squad are gaining more experience with every match and have played some good futsal in recent weeks, ably guided by new club president and head coach, Roberto Boi.
The final match of the evening saw another blockbuster with SFL stalwarts Murdoch Warriors FC and Fremantle FC producing another classic, adding to their long list of outstanding match-ups. This time, Murdoch took the honours 3:2, with the recently acquired youngster Joel Di Toro scoring twice in his first match for Murdoch.
Saturday’s matches were just as exciting as Friday night’s feast, with Balga FC keeping pace with front-runners Cockburn EWA FC for most of the match before running out of steam, with the final result 6:11 excessive compared to the effort that they put in. They were only 4:3 down with 15 minutes left. But, Cockburn displayed their ruthlessness in front of goal and their indisputable levels of fitness and endurance. They are again showing that they are the team to beat, having secured their 7th victory in a row, guided by Alex Gamble with 4 goals and Alec Kukic with 3. Conor O’Driscoll scored hattrick for Balga, in only his 5th match for the club, further demonstrating club president Matthew Dudek’s ability to recruit star players.
In the battle of the Universities, Curtin Footballista FC came out on top of Joondalup ECU Jets, winning 6:4. A closely fought out match saw Moreno Cappello prove the difference with 2 goals. Joe Higgins continued his extraordinary scoring spree for ECU with 2 goals, taking his tally for the season to 20 goals in 16 matches.
The final match of the round was another excitingly close match-up between Perth Longobarda FC and Spearwood Lions FC. Whilst Spearwood have not had the best of seasons, languishing at the bottom of the league, they demonstrated what their thrilling group of youngsters can achieve with an electrifying 3:3 draw with the much more experienced Longobarda outfit. Remo Capitani again demonstrated his magical abilities to be at the right place at the right time with 2 more goals, taking his season tally to 14 goals in only 13 matches. Jamal Yusof matched that performance for Spearwood with 2 goals as well, taking his season tally to an extraordinary 22 goals in 16 matches.