Stakes were high on Day 3 of the 2024 National Futsal Championships, as sides battled to secure their spots in the Finals with 434 goals scored across 63 matches.
Football Queensland claimed bragging rights today winning 59% of all their matches, more than any other Member Federation, closely followed by Football West and Football NSW who both won 53% of their games.
Football Queensland Maroon finished top of Pool A in the Under 12 Boys, with 4 wins from 4 after beating Capital Football, while Football NSW Country finished second after defeating Victoria today. Capital and Victoria join Queensland and NSW Country in qualifying for the Quarter Finals. In Pool B, Football Queensland White topped their group with a 100% record after beating Tasmania, while Football West defeated Football SA to finish third. NSW Thunder and South Australia join them in the Finals.
The race for Finals is close as ever in the Under 13 Boys with just two points separating third from fifth on the ladder and one more round still to play tomorrow morning. Football Queensland currently occupy top spot after beating third placed Football West, while Victoria jumped up to second spot after a resounding victory over NSW Country. NSW Metro sit in fourth place on goal difference after beating Football SA today but will be looking over their shoulder as Capital look to make a last ditch fight to qualify for the Semis.
Football NSW Thunder topped Pool A of the Under 13 Girls with 4 wins from 4 after they beat Queensland White today, while Football West won both their matches today against NSW Country and SA Blue to finish in second spot. Queensland White and NSW Country join them in the Quarter Finals. In Pool B, Capital Football flexed their muscles winning both their matches today against Queensland Maroon and Victoria to finish top of the table with a 100% win rate. Queensland Maroon beat South Australia Red to finish second, while NSW Lightning and Football SA Red join Capital and Queensland Maroon in the Finals.
In Pool A of the Under 14 Boys, NSW Country secured top spot after beating second placed Queensland in an 8-goal thriller, while NSW Lightning picked up their first win of the tournament to lock in third place, with South Australia finishing fourth. In Pool B, Football West defeated Victoria to top the group with 3 wins from 3, while NSW Thunder recorded a strong win over Capital Football to finish second. Victoria ended up in third spot, with Capital finishing fourth. All eight teams will compete in the Quarter Finals tomorrow morning.
It’s all to play for in the final round of the Under 15 Boys tomorrow, with top spot and fourth place still up for grabs. Capital Football currently occupy first place with 5 wins from 5 after a strong win against Tasmania today, while Queensland beat Football West to move within two points of the leaders and set up a thrilling top of the table clash against Capital tomorrow. NSW Metro locked in third spot after two strong wins today, while Tasmania and West also picked up crucial wins to keep their Finals hopes alive.
In the Under 15 Girls, Capital Football secured top spot despite one round still to go after they won both their matches today, while NSW Thunder locked in second spot after beating South Australia and drawing against Queensland. The final two spots in the Semis are up for grabs as four teams battle to earn their place tomorrow. South Australia currently sit in third spot on goal difference but missed out on the opportunity to confirm their Finals place after losing both their matches today. NSW Lightning and Thunder both picked up crucial wins to keep their Finals hopes alive going into the last round. Queensland still have a chance to qualify for the Semis, but face the undefeated Capital in their final game tomorrow morning.
The race for Finals in the Under 16 Boys competition did not disappoint, as the battles went down to the last games of the round. Football Queensland finished top of the tree thanks to big victories over South Australia and Tasmania, while NSW Metro finished in second spot after beating NSW Country and a draw against Tasmania, who ended up in third spot. NSW Country join them in fourth to qualify for the Semi Finals. Victoria recorded their first win of the tournament with a strong win over South Australia, but just missed out on Finals after their match against NSW Country ended in a draw.
In the Under 17 Girls, Football NSW Metro topped the group with a perfect record after they won both their matches today, while Capital finished in second spot thanks to a win against Victoria and draw against Queensland. Queensland beat South Australia to secure third place, while NSW Country claimed the remaining spot in the Semis after a crucial draw against Victoria.
In the Youth Men, Football NSW Thunder secured top spot after convincingly winning both their matches today, while NSW Lightning locked in second place thanks to a hard-fought victory over Capital and a draw against third placed Queensland, who secured their Finals spot after beating Victoria. Football West picked up their first win of the tournament to earn a Semi Final spot.
In Pool A of the Open Women, Victoria Fitzroy secured top spot after a thrilling 2-2 draw against Queensland Maroon, while NSW Thunder hit Capital Colts for six to finish second. Queensland ended up in third spot and Capital in fourth. In Pool B, Capital Cobras topped the group with 3 wins from 3 after beating second placed NSW Lightning, while Victoria Evolution beat Queensland White to finish third. All eight teams will compete in the Quarter Finals tomorrow.
In Pool A of the Open Men, Football West Fremantle dismantled Queensland to finish second in the group, whilst NSW Lightning secured top spot on goal difference thanks to an enthralling 3-3 draw with Football Victoria Moreland. In Pool B, Football NSW Thunder locked in top spot thanks to a 5-2 victory over Capital, whilst Victoria Fitzroy triumphed 5-4 in a thriller against West Cumbre to shore up second position.
In AWD Mixed, Football Queensland Maroon marked themselves as the team to beat heading into the Finals thanks to a resounding victory over NSW Lightning, before going on to defeat the previously unbeaten Victoria to move 5 points clear at the top of the ladder heading into the Semi Finals. NSW Thunder also held the Victorians to a draw to lock in a Semi Final berth, whilst Football Queensland White got their first win of the tournament with victory over NSW Lightning to qualify for the Semis.
Tomorrow will see the remaining pool stage games for Under 13 Boys, Under 15 Boys and Under 15 Girls, before the Quarter Finals and Semi Finals get underway for all divisions. The first lot of matches get underway at 8:30am AEST, with 12 Semi Final matches to be live streamed across the day.
Ticket sales for the official awards event at Warner Bros. Movie World close on Monday, 8 January at 12pm, so hurry and get yours now so you don’t miss out. Once tickets are purchased, access passes to the awards evening can be collected from the Information Desk at the Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre, which is located on Level 1 under the stairs (next to the merchandise stall).