Futsal Navy Blues back in action

Words: Nick Brown

Friday 11 November 2022

Picture: Phototek

AUCKLAND, New Zealand - The Futsal Navy Blues are back in action for the first time in two years as the Ford Futsal SuperLeague gets underway tomorrow.

The Futsal Navy Blues won the last Futsal SuperLeague title before Covid-19 wrecked the competition calendar and with Federations pulling out of this edition coach Nic Downes and his team have a tricky task in defending their title.

Skipper Stephen Ashby gave his views ahead of the competition kick-off at Bruce Pulman Arena.

"It's been a very long time since we last played and its been a difficult period with Covid-19's impact on Futsal in general.

"But we're very keen to get back into the action and we've worked very hard to make sure we're as well prepared as we possibly can be.

"The last couple of months have been tough but we're excited to be back on the court and defend the title we won two years ago.

"Preparations have been a bit tricky because we've had to move around Auckland but the players have responded well and put in a lot of hard work with the coaching staff and we're quietly confident.

"We've had a lot of players move on and a few of the Futsal Whites we had last time have moved overseas so we've had to bring in new faces which is exciting for us.

"The new players have given a good account of themselves and we believe its exciting times ahead for Auckland City FC in the Futsal space.

"We played two pre-season games against East Coast Bays and Waikato Rapids and they're both looking very strong so I would expect them both to maintain and improve on that.

"Waikato Rapids have always been particularly strong so they're a team to keep an eye on," he said.

The Ford Futsal SuperLeague will be played over two weekends starting 12-13 November and concluding on 19/20 November 2022.

All matches are live streamed.

Ends

Ford Futsal SuperLeague

AC: 1. Mike ANTAMANOV (GK), 2. Kern PLATTS-MILLS (F), 3. Antonio SCOTTER (F), 4. Niclas KOENIG (F), 5. Tasuku YONETO (F), 6. Thomas PICKEN (F), 7. Sean McINTEE (P), 8. Josh MARGETTS (F), 9. Stephen ASHBY (F), 10. Yousif AL-KALISY (F), 11. Kyaw MYA (F), 12. Vaughan SOMERVILLE (GK), 13. Michael SOFFE (F), 14. Aalok PAUDEL (F), 15. Fardeen FAHEEM (F), 17. Maung MYA (F), 18. Shaun MORGAN (P), 19. Hayden COOPER (GK), 20. Lev PROKOFYEV (GK). 

COACH:
Nic DOWNES.
MANAGER:
Jason WIN. 

Ford Futsal SuperLeague 2022

Saturday 12 November 2022
Auckland City FC v East Coast Bays
Bruce Pulman Arena, Papakura
Kick-off: 11.00am

Bay of Plenty Surge v Auckland City FC
Bruce Pulman Arena, Papakura
Kick-off: 5.00pm

Sunday 13 November 2022

Waikato Rapids v Auckland City FC
Bruce Pulman Arena, Papakura
Kick-off: 11.30am

Auckland City FC v Bay of Plenty Surge
Bruce Pulman Arena, Papakura
Kick-off: 4.00pm

Saturday 19 November 2022
East Coast Bays v Auckland City FC
Bruce Pulman Arena, Papakura
Kick-off: 11.00am

Auckland City FC v Waikato Rapids
Bruce Pulman Arena, Papakura
Kick-off: 5.00pm

Sunday 20 November 2022
3rd Place Match
Bruce Pulman Arena, Papakura
Kick-off: 10.00am

1st Place Match
Bruce Pulman Arena, Papakura
Kick-off: 2.00pm

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