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While the new Men’s premiers fell to their first defeat of the season, South Brisbane rose to claim the Women’s title with their biggest win yet in Round 8 of the SEQ Futsal Premier League.
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MEN | Peninsula Futsal Club v Redlands City
Redlands City produced a stunning first-half blitz to cement their top four spot with an 8-5 win over Peninsula Futsal Club.
The visitors confirmed their finals place by netting all eight of their goals prior to half-time.
Aiden English and Jack Porter had combined to give Peninsula an early lead, but Redlands responded with a flurry of goals led by Brendan Cobb’s hattrick.
Five other individual goalscorers made it 8-3 at the break and, despite the hosts winning the second half 3-0, Redlands held firm to stretch their unbeaten run to four matches.
Peninsula Futsal Club 5 (John HARMIS 2, Aiden ENGLISH, Jack PORTER, Steve THOMAS)
Redlands City 8 (Brendan COBB 3, Brian QUAN, Paolo VALVOLETTI, Lachlan NORTHCOTT, Andre BARBOSA, James EGETA)
WOMEN | Peninsula Futsal Club v Redlands City
Peninsula Futsal Club rose to third by holding off Redlands City 9-5 for their second straight victory.
Redlands had scored three unanswered goals to come within a single strike of levelling the match, but Peninsula kicked clear late with three more goals safeguarding the points.
The two teams traded goals in the first-half and went to the break locked at 2-2, but important contributions from Allison Johns, Miranda Wilson and Victoria Brebner helped the hosts establish a 6-2 lead prior to Redlands’ burst.
The win ensures Peninsula are safe inside the finals places with a three-point gap on fourth-placed Sunshine Coast.
Peninsula Futsal Club 9 (Allison JOHNS 3, Miranda WILSON 2, Victoria BREBNER 2, Caitlin ENGLISH, Tayla BROTHERSTON)
Redlands City 5 (Emilie ROCHELET 2, Whitney HOWSEN 2, Caroline DRUMMOND)
MEN | South Brisbane Futsal Club v Sunshine Coast Wave
Just a week after being crowned inaugural premiers, Sunshine Coast Wave slipped to their first defeat of the season in a 12-5 loss away to South Brisbane.
The home side’s seven-goal first-half inflicted the bulk of the damage in a warning to the rest of the competition ahead of February’s finals weekend.
Adam Stacey, Sam Ballschmeiter and Corey Sewell all notched doubles within the first 20 minutes in helping South Brisbane to a 7-2 lead.
Sewell added another and Stacey notched two more after the restart as the Puma F-League outfit extended their advantage, while three from Wave’s Jeremy Stewart prevented a blowout.
South Brisbane Futsal Club 12 (Adam STACEY 4, Corey SEWELL 3, Sam BALLSCHMEITER 2, Connor GEORGE, Caleb URLICH, Jarrod VLAANDEREN)
Sunshine Coast Wave 5 (Jeremy STEWART 3, Julian EDWARDS, Josh NISBET)
WOMEN | South Brisbane Futsal Club v Sunshine Coast Wave
South Brisbane wrapped up the Women’s premiership and took a step closer to an undefeated season with a resounding 12-0 win over Sunshine Coast Wave.
In a pre-finals statement to the rest of the competition, the home side had four multiple goalscorers in surging to their biggest win of the season.
Sofie Persson headlined the scoring with four, Rebekah Horsey extended her tally to eight goals in just three games while sisters Shannon and Natalie Tathem both grabbed braces.
The victory puts South Brisbane nine points clear at the top of the ladder, enough to join Sunshine Coast’s Men as inaugural senior premiers with only two rounds remaining.
South Brisbane Futsal Club 12 (Sofie PERSSON 4, Rebekah HORSEY 3, Shannon TATHEM 2, Natalie TATHEM 2, Molly-Rose PARRY)
Sunshine Coast Wave 0
MEN | Arana United v Bundaberg Wildcats
Arana United reached double figures for the second time with a 14-2 win over Bundaberg Wildcats marking their finest performance of the season.
Rhys Pope and Conor O’Neill both bagged four as the home team closed the gap on their fourth-placed opponents to two points.
Arana were dominant from start to finish, scoring six goals before half-time and another eight in the second-half.
Bundaberg struggled to hit the scoresheet until Hayden Lobegeier and Aidan Norris netted in the final minutes, leaving the team’s finals position under threat.
With the Wildcats having played an extra match, Arana will have the chance to break their way into the top four across the competition’s final two rounds.
Arana United 14 (Rhys POPE 4, Conor O’NEILL 4, Ryo YAZAWA 3, Lochlan WEIR 2, Daniel REHDER)
Bundaberg Wildcats 2 (Hayden LOBEGEIER, Aidan NORRIS)
WOMEN | Arana United v Bundaberg Wildcats
Arana United jumped back into second courtesy of a comfortable 8-1 home win over Bundaberg Wildcats
After opening the scoring through Jolene Pointon, Bundaberg tested Arana in a competitive first 20 minutes and only trailed 2-1 at half-time.
However, the hosts showcased their credentials with a commanding six-goal second-half.
Second spot will again be on the line next weekend when Arana head to third-placed Peninsula, while the Wildcats’ final two rounds feature a visit from South Brisbane and a trip to the Sunshine Coast.
Arana United 8 (Bethany ASHTON 2, Catherine O’NEILL 2, Jess DILLON 2, Olivia OWENS, OWN GOAL)
Bundaberg Wildcats 1 (Jolene POINTON)