Only five points separate the top eight teams in the NPL NSW Women’s competition after six rounds!
Bankstown City v Sydney Olympic (Match of the round)
The action kicks off on Easter Monday at Jensen Park as Bankstown City host Sydney Olympic.
Olympic suffered their first loss of the season on Sunday and subsequently dropped from second place to fifth.
They’ll be looking for an immediate response to get themselves back up into a higher position on the ladder.
After two straight losses the Lions will also be after a response of their own.
A win will keep them within touching distance of a finals position and having pushed the league leaders all the way last week, they will take confidence from that match.
NWS Koalas v Blacktown Spartans
It’s 6th v 7th at Christie Park on Sunday as the North West Sydney Koalas host the Blacktown Spartans.
Three games without a win has seen the Koalas drop off in form in recent weeks.
They need to hack the slide as soon s possible to remain a premiership threat.
It’s the opposite out at Blacktown Football Park.
David Saliba’s side is flying high and after three straight losses, they’ve now notched up three straight wins and have moved into seventh place on the ladder.
Another win Sunday could see them pop into the top five for the first time this season.
Manly United v Illawarra Stingrays
At Cromer Park on Monday, Manly United take on the Illawarra Stingrays.
Generally an eye catching fixture and we don’t think it’ll be any different on Monday.
Four games without a win for the Manly has seen them slide down the ladder to tenth place.
A three game losing streak was broken with a draw last week and it will be encouraging for Chris Williams’ team.
Scott Chipperfield’s team leads the pack after their fourth win of the season on Sunday.
They now remain the only undefeated team in the competition and they will look to keep it that was after Monday’s game.
Emerging Jets v Northern Tigers
The Northern Tigers travel north to Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility to take on the Emerging Jets.
Well, the Tigers are roaring! What a start to the season, sitting in third place on the ladder.
Jason Eager was able to rest his captain Servet Uzunlar last week after they demolished the North Shore Mariners.
With the second worst defence in the league, the Jets still need to tighten up their backline.
They’ve been fairly impressive this season despite their league position, with the young team pushing most teams.
Sydney University v Macarthur Rams
At Sydney Uni Football Ground, Sydney Uni host the Macarthur Rams in a repeat of last season’s grand final.
Top scorers in the league, Alex Epakis’ team are finding their feet well.
Since their shock defeat to the Institute, they’ve managed to score 11 goals in two games!
The Rams created the shock of the round last week, knocking off Sydney Olympic.
Kylie Ledbrook is really leading this team in the toughest season for the champions to date, as the Rams look to continue their winning streak.
Football NSW Institute v North Shore Mariners
At Valentine Sports Park, the Football NSW Institute take on the North Shore Mariners.
After three wins on the bounce, it was quite a shock when the Institute went down 3-0 to the Spartans.
A win will them back on course and Leah Blayney will hope hr team can bounce back.
For the Mariners, it keeps getting tougher.
Too many goals conceded, in fact 29, it makes it difficult for the Mariners to do anything at the moment.
By – Nikola Pozder, Women’s NPL NSW writer