Friday night football kicks off round four in the NPL NSW Women’s competition and our cameras will be there to bring it to you.
Sydney University v Football NSW Institute – Friday 29th March, 6.30pm at Sydney University Football Ground
Women’s football under lights at Sydney University Football Ground on Friday night. The perfect back drop to our match of the round between Sydney University and Football NSW Institute.
Alex Epakis’ team have managed to come back two times in a row in two weeks. First, they turned around a one-goal deficit to pick up all three points at Blacktown Football Park before coming from two down last week to rescue a point.
They sit at the summit thanks to their goal difference and share top spot with three other teams after three rounds.
Two wins and a loss, a fine start to 2019 for Leah Blayney’s young side, including a dominant win at Cromer Park.
A win here for them will definitely throw another side into the already congested Premiership race.
Last year Uni triumphed in a tight semi final and we expect another battle.
Illawarra Stingrays v Emerging Jets – Sunday 31st March, 3.00pm at JJ Kelly Park
At JJ Kelly Park, the Illawarra Stingrays will host the Emerging Jets who’ll make the long trek south.
The Stingrays look the goods early on. Erica Halloway and Caitlin Cooper are the leaders of this team on opposite ends of the pitch.
With the likes of Michelle Heyman, Liana Danaskos and now Michelle Carney still to return to Scott Chipperfield’s team, they’re a dangerous prospect moving forward.
The Jets surprised almost everyone last week. A fine win against the Mariners propelled them to 10th place on the ladder.
Renee Poutney is definitely one to watch and if the Jets can pull off a result here, eyebrows will be raised across the competition.
Sydney Olympic v North Shore Mariners – Sunday 31st March, 3.00pm at Peter Moore Field
Sydney Olympic welcome the North Shore Mariners to Peter Moore Field on Sunday afternoon.
The newly promoted girls sit on top of the ladder with two wins and a draw. They will be somewhat disappointed only picking up a point last week after leading by two goals but will take positives from holding one of the competition favourites.
Susan Phonsongkham is in some red hot form right now, scoring four goals in the first three games this season.
For the Mariners, zero points from three games isn’t the start they were after.
Picking up points against Olympic would be the perfect way to kick start their season.
Northern Tigers v NWS Koalas – Sunday 31st March, 3.00pm at North Turramurra Area
Derby day at North Turramurra Recreational Area on Sunday afternoon as the Northern Tigers host the North West Sydney Koalas.
What a start for the Tigers!
No one expected them to start the season as they have, defeating the champions and showing their resolve to comeback last week.
A win here would reaffirm their fine start to the campaign.
A good start for Jaime Gomez who is still definitely ruing the 2-2 draw against the Stingrays.
They came away with a win last week in tough conditions and will look to build on that to continue their premiership charge.
Manly United v Bankstown City – Sunday 31st March, 4.15pm at Cromer Park
At Cromer Park Manly United host Bankstown City.
Chris Williams would not have been happy after Sunday’s defeat to the Institute.
He will be expecting his team to bounce back immediately this weekend in order to get his side back on the winners path.
Bankstown will feel slightly disheartened following last week’s defeat after they put up a real fight against the Koalas.
They’ll look back to their win against the Jets as a confidence booster in an attempt to register win number two of the season.
Macarthur Rams v Blacktown Spartans – Sunday 31st March, 4.15pm at Lynwood Park
Macarthur Rams and Blacktown Spartans do battle at 4:30pm on Sunday at Lynwood Park.
It’s a battle of two teams who have found the going tough early on in the season.
The champions have recorded two straight defeats at home and will like to end that run with their third home game in a row.
The loss of highly influential players Teresa Polias and Georgia Yeoman-Dale seem to be affecting the Rams early on and they’ll look to fix their early season blues.
For the Spartans, they’ve dropped points after leading two weeks in a row.
Despite the negatives of three straight defeats, David Saliba can take heart from his team leading twice in their last two games.
By Nikola Pozder NPL NSW Women’s Writer