Another week, another round on top of the league for Sydney University in the NPL NSW Women’s competition.
Manly United v NWS Koalas
In a derby of sorts, Manly United host the North West Sydney Koalas at Cromer Park.
Manly will feel frustrated following last week’s result having had opportunities to make an impact on the score sheet before Uni took the lead.
They’ll need to do it without Sunny Franco who was sent off late on Sunday and potentially Elizabeth Copus-Brown who hobbled off with an injury.
As for the Koalas, they put on some display against APIA only to get undone in the final seconds of the game.
Adam Keramea’s side showed fine structure and discipline and another performance like that will be expected of them here if they are to come away with points.
Bankstown City v Football NSW Institute
At Jensen Park, Football NSW Institute travel to take on Bankstown City – An Institute side on fire.
Undefeated in four and coming off a massive 6-1 win, confidence is high with the young talented team and their finals push will continue if they can take all three points here.
Bankstown improved on Sunday and held fairly firm against a lethal Illawarra Stingrays side down the coast.
So long as the young team continues to improve as the season goes on, results will come.
Emerging Jets v Illawarra Stingrays
The Illawarra Stingrays make the long trek north to face the Emerging Jets at Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility.
After missing two weeks of football due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Jets were finally back on the park last week.
The result didn’t go their way but they will be better this weekend for the 90 minutes.
Two wins on the bounce for Illawarra has put the south coast side right back into finals contention.
They can’t afford to drop anymore points if they are to stay close to the top four.
Sydney University v Blacktown Spartans
All eyes will be on Sydney Uni Football Ground as the league leaders Sydney University host third placed Blacktown Spartans.
26 games, no defeat. The statistics are incredible to say the least for Alex Epakis’ side.
They are the team that everyone wants to beat and they will be well aware of that going into every game week.
The Spartans will have other ideas. High in confidence, scoring, playing good football…Brad Attard’s side are in with a shout here.
They’ll all need to be on form and well-disciplined to get a result at the Uni on Sunday.
Northern Tigers v APIA Leichhardt
Northern Tigers and APIA Leichhardt lock horns on Sunday afternoon at North Turramurra Recreational Area.
If the Tigers fail to pick up three points, it’ll make it increasingly difficult for them to make the finals.
Three games without a win for APIA has them out of the top four for the first time this season.
Rhianna Pollicina’s last gasp equaliser last week will lift the team and they’ll come into this one with some confidence.
Macarthur Rams v Sydney Olympic
At Lynwood Park in the late kick off, Macarthur Rams take on Sydney Olympic.
It wasn’t the result Macarthur were after last week, suffering one of their heaviest defeats ever.
They’ll need to back up on Sunday without the influential Leena Khamis as well.
Olympic is doing well so far this season and are sitting comfortably in second place.
Teresa Polias returns ‘home’ but won’t be overcome with emotion and will get the job done.
By – Nikola Pozder, NPL NSW Women’s writer