Who would’ve guessed that after four rounds the newly promoted Sydney Olympic would be leading the NPL NSW Women’s competition ladder!?
Illawarra Stingrays v Sydney Olympic
All eyes will be on JJ Kelly Park as first and second clash. Sydney Olympic travel south to take on the Illawarra Stingrays.
It’s been a dream start for Olympic who picked up three wins and a draw from their first four games, scoring 17 goals along the way!
Susan Phonsongkham has been the star for Olympic, leading the club’s scoring charts with Panayiota Petratos and Teresa Polias following close behind.
Scott Chipperfield’s Stingrays are right where they want to be in the early part of the season.
Erica Halloway is their in form player at the moment but they’ll need to tighten up at the back in order to avoid Olympic’s hungry attackers.
Bankstown City v Football NSW Institute
At Jensen Park on Sunday, Bankstown City and Football NSW Institute do battle.
Two wins, two losses, a much better start for Bankstown in 2019 as opposed to last season.
They were impressive last week against Manly and a win this week would only back up their decent start to the season.
What a squad Leah Blayney has assembled! They showed great heart and fight to come back and defeat Sydney Uni last week.
Isabelle Gomez is definitely one to watch from this team, along with Sheridan Gallagher as they tormented Uni’s defence and midfield last Friday night.
Emerging Jets v Blacktown Spartans
Blacktown Spartans travel north to take on the Emerging Jets at Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility.
The Jets can score. And some goals they are. But they must improve their defence.
They’ve conceded 15 goals in their opening four games of the season and it is obviously a major issue for the young side.
It only took four rounds but the Spartans have picked up win number one of the season, in some style.
Now David Saliba’s side must build on this result and begin climbing the ladder.
North Shore Mariners v Sydney University
Valentine Sports Park will be the venue for the match between the North Shore Mariners and Sydney University.
The worst defence in the league comes up against one of the most potent attacks in the competition.
The Mariners are yet to register a point this campaign and will need to increase their efforts on Sunday afternoon.
Alex Epakis’ were left shell shocked on Friday night.
Having lead at the break, they let it slip and went home with nothing in the bag. Mel Caceres seems to be coming into her own and will be key for Sunday’s game.
Northern Tigers v Manly United
Another derby for the Northern Tigers as they host Manly United at North Turramurra Recreational Area.
It’s the Tigers third straight home game, coming into this clash full of confidence and on a three-match unbeaten run.
The start has them in a fine position, sitting in sixth place on the ladder.
At the other end, definitely not the start Manly had expected.
Two defats in a row, both at home has them in eighth place. Chris Williams has a high amount of first team players out but some could return for this one.
NWS Koalas v Macarthur Rams
The cameras will be at Christie Park as the North West Sydney Koalas face off with the Macarthur Rams.
It’s an undefeated start for the Koalas so far this campaign, two wins and two draws.
Jaime Gomez has quality all over the park but they’ll need to be aware of a wounded Ram.
Three home games in a row and as many losses for Norm Boardman’s Macarthur Rams.
Renee Rollason limped off last weekend and she could be out for this one, further complicating things for Boardman.
-By Nikola Pozder