The SEQ Futsal Premier League Finals Series kicks off this weekend, with every game from the Men, Women and Youth Men Semi Finals and Grand Finals set to be streamed LIVE on the FQ Facebook page.
It’s 1 vs 4 and 2 vs 3 in the Semi Finals, read on to find out how all the teams qualified for the top four.
1. Sunshine Coast Wave- 25 pts, +43 GD (W8 D1 L1)
Wave were close to perfect this season, finishing top after scoring more goals (79) and conceding less (36) than any other team. They lost 3-7 to Galaxy in Round 5 but gained sweet revenge in Round 10, knocking off their rivals 5-2 to claim the Premiership. The prolific attack was fueled by Julian Edwards, Corey and Josh Sewell all reaching double figures, with Corey leading the way with 17 goals.
2. Galaxy FC- 22 pts, +34 GD (W7 D1 L2)
Galaxy led from the top for most of the season, but that tough loss in Round 10 to Wave saw them settle for second place. The 4-7 loss to Peninsula back in Round 3 proved to be their downfall, but Galaxy head into the Semi Final against Redlands as hot favourites to reach the Grand Final. Thirone Innoue and Arlo Hook both broke the 10-goal barrier in 2017, and Adam Stacey and Rhys Buick weren’t too far behind on 9 goals apiece.
3. Redlands City- 13 pts, +1 GD (W4 D24 L2)
A late run of form helped propel Redlands into the top four, as they roll into the Finals Series on the back of three straight victories. James Egeta is the undisputed star up front for Redlands; he picked up the Golden Boot after an incredible 18-goal campaign. At the other end of the court is David Lafai in goal, who found his way into the SEQ FPL Team of the Week on three occasions.
4. Peninsula Futsal- 8 pts, -10 GD (W2 D2 L6)
Peninsula scraped into the Finals Series ahead of Bundaberg Futsal on goal difference. The good news is one of Peninsula’s two wins came against Galaxy in Round 3 and the majority of their losses were by close margins. Connor Funnell will need to fire in front of goal in the Finals Series after bagging 10 goals this season.
1. Sunshine Coast Wave- 22 pts, +39 GD (W7 D1)
Wave roll into the Finals Series as red-hot favourites after finishing undefeated and scoring 16 goals more than the next-most prolific side Galaxy. The only minor blemish on Wave’s season was the 5-5 draw against Galaxy in Round 5. Forward Samara Christmas grabbed the Golden Boot after a ridiculous season, scoring 21 goals to power the league’s most dangerous attack.
2. Galaxy FC- 17 pts, +14 GD (W5 D2 L1)
Galaxy had only one loss this season, but it arrived in crushing fashion in Round 10 as they went down 2-8 to Wave, missing out on a chance to claim first place. The chance for revenge might come in the Finals Series, and striker Thais Stella (14 goals) will be integral to their title hopes.
3. Arana United- 12 pts, +5 GD (W4 L4)
Arana struggled for consistency this season, ending up with as many wins as losses. The duo of Ruth Blackburn and Lauren Butler (10 goals each) will both need to find their best form if Arana are to knock off Galaxy in their Semi Final.
4. Peninsula Futsal- 7 pts, -10 GD (W2 D1 L5)
Peninsula will be up against it during their Semi Final against Premiers Wave, and will need to lean on experience gained in their 4-4 draw with Galaxy in Round 8. Much of the goalscoring burden will fall on Taylah Brotherston’s shoulders; she leads the way for her team with 9 goals this season.