Shootout needed in Rams futsal final
Round eight of the Deni Rams Sporting Globe Championships was the most intense and entertaining, with indoor soccer proving the perfect platform for the footballers to show their foot skills (or lack of) with the round ball.
The second leg of volleyball had to be postponed due to a net malfunction, so futsal took centre stage and each contest was tight.
Pitts’ Posse won a thrilling opening game — they scored in the last 10 seconds to draw 2-all and send the contest to a penalty shoot-out.
Every player had a shot from the spot and Riley Draxl slotted the final kick past keeper Jake McManus for a memorable win over ladder leader Mac Attack.
Game two was another penalty shoot-out after scores were locked 2-all.
It was 1-all in the post-match penalties, so the scorers — Will Shaw (Tyn-Men) and Rick Gittens (Hoods) — had a sudden death.
Gittens eventually slotted one past keeper Jack Tyndall, and Jack Hogan kept one of Shaw’s zingers out for a Hoods triumph.
In game three, giant recruit Bryce Scoullar scored in the first 10 seconds and Mick Barnett in the last 40 seconds to seal a 2-0 win for Mac Attack over Holobowski’s Hoods.
Hoods came hard late, but were denied by some fine goalkeeping from Judd Barnes.
Game four was another thriller. Posse captain Jayden Pitts nailed one home at the two minute mark, before Luke White equalised backing up from a penalty shot to level.
New recruit Josh Peers put the Tyn-Men up with one and a half minutes left on the clock, but a sensational strike by Harry ‘Kewell’ Hillier locked the contest in the dying seconds.
No one could find their range from the penalty spot until skipper Tyndall stepped up and scored for the win.
It was back-to-back wins in game five.
Matty MacDonald made his only error for the night, deflecting one into the back of the net for an own goal as Tyn-Men went one-up.
Barnes levelled with a red-hot strike into the top corner, but it was Tyndall again who led his side into the grand final by finishing a fast break for a 2-1 victory.
Game six would see the winner meet Tyn-Men in the final.
Hillier struck first to give Pitts the lead, before danger man Gittens levelled the scores.
Anthony ‘AZ’ Zielke proved the hero for Posse, nailing the sealer.
Beau Close was also instrumental with some fine saves late in the match in goals.
The five-minute grand final did not disappoint.
A long-range penalty saw a fake from White and a kick from Tyndall penetrate the wall and had the goalkeeper flat-footed.
Todd Gallagher bobbed up to level the scores 1-1 with two and a half minutes left on the clock, and a missed penalty from Tyndall late in the match could have sealed it but a draw saw a fitting end and another shoot-out ensued.
White was first
Hillier to tie it up.
Will Shaw, who was goalkeeper, hit the final penalty for the night to give the TynMen a memorable victory.
Awards winners were Hillier (IGA $30 voucher) and Shaw (Globe Hotel voucher).
Ladder: Mac Attack 26, Tyn-Men 21, Pitts Posse 19, Hoods 17.
The action will continue at the Deniliquin Sports Stadium this Thursday.