2017 NZF National Womens League Champions !!
The Bayside Pirates Senior Womens team flew to Wellington, for NZF's National Womens League Championship and came home Champions.
The team played five games and won all five games to lift the Cup. All matches were played to FIFA rules; Stop Clock conditions and on the large sized pitch, 40m x 20m. Playing two games per day and having to keep an eye on the Yellow Cards during the round robin matches, was a tough assignment and there were some close matches, especially from Capital in the first game (2-1), Canterbury in the Semi Final (5-3) and then Auckland in the Final (4-3). Playing in front of partisan crowds added to the pressure and it certainly did create a wonderful atmosphere at Wellington's beautiful ASB Stadium.
The Pirates' Womens Program is going from strength to strength, with this latest triumph being the Club's fourth major trophy in twelve months.The 16s Girls won the 2016 State Club Championships and they backed that up by winning the Craig Foster International Challenge in January, winning all eight games along the way. The Seniors won the FFV Premier League title in December and now the NZF National League.
Three juniors were promoted to the NZ Touring Squad, based on their 2016 performances in F League and the Craig Foster; Anna Peers-Barlow, Niamh McLure and Greta Jowett- Smith and they did not disappoint Head Coach Sam Mlynarz, "These girls are developing their skills at a remarkable pace and they will be the core of our future Senior Womens squad. Playing in these tough tournaments is an invaluable experience for them".
Lead by Captain Kristin Stensholt, who was the rock of the team, the players gave it their all in every game which was typified by Ili Jakab's sliding save in front of an open goal in the second half of the final, when the game was evenly balanced at 1-1. Flanker, Rebecca Davies went onto score a Hat Trick, with Pivot Emily Coppock adding one of her powerful shots on the turn to do just enough to keep Auckland at bay. Stephanie Tanti was her usual composed self, scoring crucial goals when it mattered; Annabelle Gibney, the speedster in the team, just kept on attacking and defending all the time; Lauren Diduszko provided that extra bit of experience in defence and attack and she showed her class with the match winning goal against Capital in the first game; the two Goalkeepers, Elizabeth Sarcevic and Bethany Mason-Jones, both had fantastic tournaments, with Mason-Jones picking up the Golden Glove award.
The Pirates get a week off from training, before it all starts again for April's FFV Futsal State Club Championships. The 16s Squad have USA Futsal's World Cup in Orlando to look forward to as well. Mark Georgeson, CEO of the Pirates added, "It has been a busy few months for Pirates Womens' Futsal and there is much more to come, as our strategic planning is about to enter another phase. This group of players, with the elite juniors coming through, can push on from here and achieve more. It is quite exciting in the direction that we are taking our Women's Futsal Program".
2017 JSL Futsal
Womens Premier League
JSL Premier League for Juniors
JSL Bayside League for Juniors - boys and girls, Youth Women and Senior Women
JSL Social Womens League
It all kicks off in early February!
Team Entries are now Open!
Visit the JSL Premier League & Womens pages for more details
2016 Bayside Pirates Review.
The club scene began for the Pirates’ with the U14s in action in the Craig Foster Futsal Challenge on the Gold Coast. This was the fourth year in a row that the Pirates’ had entered teams into Australia’s largest club competition.
It was a mixed aged squad featuring many twelve year olds. The boys punched above their weight and beat the eventual Champions along the way in the round robin games, but they got knocked out in the Semi Finals. Two players also suffered broken wrists in the rough and tumble environment; something which none of the coaching staff or players, will forget in a hurry! The futsal was of a high standard and it was a great experience for the boys.
The State Club Championships were held in April at Caroline Springs. The Pirates fielded five teams: 10s, 12s, 13s, 16s and Girls 16s. It was another intense tournament with the 13s and Girls 15s reaching the Finals. The 13s won every round robin game, but went down to Futsal Ballarat 5-2 in the final. Adam Halliday was awarded the MVP for the age group. The 15 Girls fared better, beating Queensland’s Galaxy FC 1-0 in a thriller.
The Pirates’ first Womens F League campaign got under way in May and finished in August. It was a tough season for the women and many results did not go their way, with the team only winning two games, one of which was against the eventual champions, Galaxy FC. The squad is more experienced now and with some new signings, Head Coach, Sam Mlynarz, believes they can press on and reach the finals series in 2017.
In July, many of the Pirates’ women represented Victoria in the augural NZF Trans- Tasman Futsal Champions League. This series was held at the same time as the NZF National Youth Championships in Palmerston North. The Victorians played the New Zealand Womens Champions, Central - Manawatu and were beaten 3 games to nil. Another steep learning curve for the womens squad, something of which they hope to rectify in the next series.
Also in July, the JSL Cup was held at Cheltenham with the Pirates’ entering a 10s, 12s and 14s team. Despite their best efforts, none of the three teams made the finals.
Next up was the Ballarat Futsal Challenge in September. Four teams were entered, the 12s, 14s, Youth Boys and Girls 16s. The 14s made it to the Semi Finals and got knocked out, but the Girls 16s and the Youth Boys won their finals, in two thrilling games. In the Youth final, State representative, Aaran Dunbar, scored the winner against Futsal Ballarat with an absolutely incredible acute angled shot into the top right hand corner with 30 seconds to go. It was a pulsating game that deserved such a finish to end the match. Dunbar was later awarded the MVP and Golden Boot awards. Leon Martin received the Golden Boot in the 12s and Adam Halliday picked up his second MVP for the year and the Golden Boot in the 14s, all of which added to the gloss of a successful tournament.
In October the JSL Bayside League and JSL Premier League took place with a total of twelve Pirates’ teams in action. In the Bayside League, the 12s Cruisers and 14 Boys won their age groups. The 16 Girls finished the highest of the female teams and played the Boys 14s in the final, narrowly losing 6-5. In the Premier League, the 12s made the 3rd place play off, only to lose to the EFA Eagles. The 10s and 14s fielded younger players and despite winning some games, finished in the bottom half of the ladder. The Boys 17s carried on their good form by beating the Vic Vipers 6-5 in a nail biter to win the 2016 Champions title. The Womens team won their final, also beating the Vic Vipers. However, the match went to a Penalty Shoot Out and it was Goalkeeper Sophie Sierak that was the teams’ Heroine, saving two crucial shots before they could be crowned 2016 Champions.
2016 was a busy year for the Pirates and 2017 looks even busier, as the Girls 16s and Mens Youth teams head off to the 2017 Craig Foster Tournament on the Gold Coast in January and the Womens squad fly to Wellington in February for NZF’s National Womens Championships. Then in April the 2017 FFV Futsal State Club Championships take place. And that’s just the first quarter of 2017! But, before all that, there is the action packed FFA National Championships in Sydney featuring many Pirates' players and coaching staff. Good luck to all participants!
FFV Futsal State Club Champions, Ballarat Futsal Challenge Cup Champions,
FFV Futsal JSL Bayside League Finalists
FFV Futsal JSL Premier League Champions
Boys 12s Cruisers
FFV Futsal JSL Bayside League Champions
FFV Futsal State Club Championship Finalists
FFV Futsal JSL Premier League Champions, Ballarat Futsal Challenge Cup Champions
MVP 10s Bayside League
MVP 12s Bayside League; Golden Boot, Ballarat Futsal Challenge Cup
MVP, 13s FFV Futsal State Club Championships; MVP & Golden Boot, Ballarat Futsal Challenge Cup
MVP & Golden Boot, Ballarat Futsal Challenge Cup
Womens Premier League MVP
Club Awards - Womens
Bethany Mason-Jones, MVP of 2016
Stephanie Tanti, Golden Boot
Kristin Stensholt, Players Player Award
Gemma Grek, Most Improved Player
Zoe Titmus, Young Player of the Year Award
State Representatives for the 2017 FFA National Championships
Sam Mlynarz, FFV Futsal Technical Director & Womens Youth Head Coach
Kristin Stensholt, Team Manager Womens Youth
Krystal McCluskey, Head Coach Girls 15s
Stephanie Tanti, Team Manager Girls 15s
Ashleigh Phipps-Nelson, Team Manager Girls 13s
David Jackson, Boys 12s Magic, Head Coach
Boys 12s - Rangers
Liam Davies, Angus Angelatos, Gerry Angelatos, Mubashar Doostizadah, Thomas Jackson
Hur Doostizadah – Emergency
Luc Evans, Josh Jackson
Boys 14s – Rangers
Raphael Aleksenitser, Virack To, Joshua Lauretta
Quinn Carter - Emergency
Zoe Titmus, Francesca Brand, Greta Jowett-Smith, Rosie Collins-Graham, Niamh McLure, Jacqueline Lemieux, Anna Peers-Barlow, Sarah Fitzpatrick
Madeleine Nobbs, Sarah Claxton-Vickers, Emma Gross, Rebecca Niclasen, Elisabeth Robers
The 2017 F League campaign has already begun for the Pirates with training sessions and trials for the team that has entered the 2016 JSL Premier League.