After just over five long months of week after week battle, the NPL NSW Women’s regular season comes to an end on Sunday.
Sydney University v Illawarra Stingrays
Sydney Uni round off a fantastic season at Sydney Uni Football Ground when they take on the Illawarra Stingrays.
Alex Epakis may opt to rotate his squad with the premiership sewn up but nevertheless they’ll look to move into finals with yet another victory.
They’ve been on a fantastic run, losing just one game all season, way back in round four.
For the Stingrays though, they have much on the line.
Victory will all but guarantee Scott Chipperfield’s team a top three spot but anything else could see them drop to fifth.
Manly United v Emerging Jets
The closest the Emerging Jets will travel this year will be to Cromer Park when they take on Manly United.
Both sides will want to finish the season with a positive result.
It’s been a transition period for Manly who we’re used to making a charge in the finals.
The Jets have been impressive this season and have improved on last season.
Bankstown City v Northern Tigers
A massive game for the Northern Tigers at Jensen park against Bankstown City on Sunday.
Two teams with arguably the best improvements from the previous season.
The Tigers have been incredible in 2019 and aside from a mini-slump in the last three matches, they’ve been fantastic.
For the Tigers, they must win to have any chance of finishing in the top three.
Bankstown won’t lay down, a side with lots of quality across the park would be keen on doing damage to the Tigers top three hopes.
Macarthur Rams v FNSW Institute
The Champions won’t be defending their crown this year.
Macarthur didn’t qualify for the top five which has surprised many but that’s why they’ll look to finish their season off on a high against the Football NSW Institute.
The Institute won’t be easy beats either and will definitely put up a fight.
How they way they kicked off the campaign they looked set for finals football but things changed as the season progressed.
Sydney Olympic v NWS Koalas
What a season for the new girls on the block! Lead by Teresa Polias and Susan Phonsongkham, the girls from Belmore will finish their first season in the top flight in second place.
It gives George Beltsos the option of resting some of his players against the Koalas.
In the end, it was a disappointing season for the NWS Koalas.
Jaime Gomez would’ve expected more from his team but should they stay together next season, they’ll definitely be better for this years experience and a team that will challenge for the top.
North Shore Mariners v Blacktown Spartans
At Northbridge Oval, the North shore Mariners host the Blacktown Spartans.
The Mariners dismal season will finally come to an end on Sunday.
They’ll need to do it without their influential captain Gab Marzano who got sent off last week.
David Saliba’s team have third place in their sights but they need results to go their way and win.
Another team that’s had a fine season and will feel they have a chance of lifting the championship.
By Nikola Pozder, NPL NSW Women’s Writer