Quake Shade Phoenix in Round 12 of the Premier League

Quake travelled to Nth Ryde on Saturday to take on Phoenix in the FNSW Premier League.  With 5 wins Quake took another 15 Club Championship points to consolidate its 4th place position.  Brief reports of each match follow.

Academy: Sponsored by Xtreme Locksmiths

A very good display of technical ability and tactical nouse by both teams.  The game was very tight but Quake just did a little more to shade their opponents.  These boys have come a long way this year and are playing some very good futsal.

12 Boys: Sponsored by 40 Winks Campbelltown - Quake 3 (Angelo Kalamvokis 2, Daniel Wilmering 1) def Phoenix 0

Quake avenged the 5th Round loss to Phoenix and in doing so they have given themselves a shot at the finals.  The game was evenly poised at the half but the lads kept at it and scored 3 while keeping a clean sheet for one of the few times this year.  They have a huge task next game against Magic but a win will have them right in the mix.

12 Girls: Sponsored by JR Electrical - Quake 1 (Rosie Galea) def by Phoenix 2

Both Quake and 3rd placed Phoenix had only 6 players and Quake were without their 'keeper. for this vital clash  The Quake girls matched Phoenix for most of the 1st half but conceded 2 late goals to go in 0-2 down.  But the girls never gave up and scored with enough time left to force a draw but just couldn't get the equaliser due to some stellar 'keeping.  Ebony played her best game of the season, Vesna chased everything and Brooke was just terrific filling in in goals having never even trained in the position.

14 Boys: Sponsored by Capital Steel Buildings Southwest - Quake 10 (Dalibor Malesivic 4, Anthony Haddad 3, Andrew Head, Sebastian Myers, Bradon Clissold) def  Phoenix 1

It's hard to believe that Quake lost to Phoenix earlier in the year based on this result.  Anthony Haddad carried on his form from Nationals by scoring 3 and setting up most of the others.  The loss of Liam through suspension was hardly noticed and everyone had fine games.  Jimmy took the chance to blood some of the 12 Boys and they played very well indeed with 2 getting on the score sheet as well.  A win next game against Magic should secure a well deserved finals berth for the boys.

14 Girls: Sponsored by Clintons Toyota - Quake 1 (Mia Connors) def by Phoenix 4

The girls were very short-handed this week and Ash Norman had to play in goals as neither Erin or Tiff were available.  With the help of 3 of the 12 Girls the girls gave as good as they got in the 1st half.   But the longer the game went the more the team missed Ash not being on the field and Phoenix began to dominate and they ran out deserved winners (although the scoreline did blow out in the end).  No doubting the girls effort though and they scored a deserved goal late on.

16 Boys: Sponsored by Einhell Australia - Quake 4 (No scorers available) def  Phoenix 2

The boys were also short of players due to suspensions and holidays but returned to form with a good display.  Anson Gilligan and Shaun Irwin used their experience to lead from the front and were ably supported by the rest of the lads - especially Anthony Haddad who scored a cracker to make it 3-2.  The team can still make the finals but have 2 very tough games against teams higher up the ladder than them.  They control their own fate - win and they're in.

16 Girls: Sponsored by Macarthur Marble & Granite - Quake 1 (Jemma Crane) def  by Phoenix 3

Ash Norman had to fill in between the sticks again for this game as Dana was away and she did another sterling job.  The girls probably had the balance of play but conceded 3 horrible turnover goals that Ash had no chance with.  If it wasn't for the errors they could have settled into the game better and used their attacking fire power to better effect.  Jemma carried on her good form from Nationals and Chrystal worked tirelessly the whole game.  No finals for the girls now but they can effect the finals makeup if they play well in their last 2 games.

Youth: Sponsored by A.H. Beard - Quake 1 (Anson Gilligan) def by Phoenix 3

Not the boys' best effort.  They looked ineffective in attack and conceded 2 goals in the first half that they normally would have defended better.  Simmo changed things up at the half and gave Chris his first run in goals for a while and at one stage we had two 17 year olds, two 16 year olds and a 14 year old on the court.  This combination aquitted themselves well and did well enough to score and set up a close finish.  The lads need 2 wins and things to go their way to make the finals but with the outdoor PL pre-season kicking off we could lose up to 5 players from the squad.  A pity as the boys have done well this season.

Women: Sponsored by Bella Arts Graphic Design- Quake 5 (Claire Walsh 2, Logan Garard, Laura Donnelly, Mel MacAuley) def Phoenix 0

The girls had fun and made the game look easy and if not for some good 'keeping the score could have been anything.  They had some lovely passing movements and defended so well that Mel had little to do in goals.  The girls now cannot miss the finals and will be taking this good form with them down to Melbourne this weekend to take on the best in Women's futsal.  Good luck girls and enjoy the trip.

Men: Sponsored by United Tools Liverpool - Quake 4 (No Scorers Available) def Phoenix 1

The boys continued their resurgence and completed the double over Phoenix with a solid display.  They dominated the 1st half but went into the break locked at 1-1.  They continued to dominate in the 2nd half and took their chances to record the win.  They now sit in the top 4 and like the 14 & 16 Boys they control their own fate - win 2 more and their in.


No games this Australia Day long weekend.  We wish our Women all the best for the trip to Melbourne and hope to see them return as the champions of what some would consider the Australian Club Championship.



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