We still won’t have a complete round of action in the National Premier Leagues NSW Women’s competition, even after round two.
Two games will be deferred to a later date due to teams with players who have W-League commitments.
Football NSW Institute v Illawarra Stingrays @Valentine Sports Park, Sunday 3pm
Two teams that didn’t play in round one clash at Valentine Sports Park as the Football NSW Institute host the Illawarra Stingrays.
Jaime Gomez’s side had to rebuild again, something they’ve become accustomed to and a new batch of stars will take the field in 2021.
They could spring a surprise against the Stingrays and the visitors will need to be aware of that.
But the Stingrays are a team with experience. They are always amongst the top half of the pack.
A victory will get them off to the perfect start to the season.
Macarthur Rams v Emerging Jets @Lynwood Park, Sunday 4:10pm
The Macarthur Rams welcome the Emerging Jets to Lynwood Park on Sunday afternoon.
It was exactly the way Stephen Peters wanted his campaign to get underway last week with a victory and clean sheet.
Their evergreen captain Renee Rollason has already showed she’s in form and is a true leader of the Rams.
It will be a difficult test for the Jets but the girls from Newcastle will hope to put on their best possible display.
North West Sydney Koalas v Manly United @Christie Park, Sunday 6pm
The North West Sydney Koalas host their second straight home game at Christie Park when Manly United come to visit.
It wasn’t the start to the season Adam Keramea was hoping for last week but they have a chance to bounce back immediately.
Albeit, against the Champions. It will be a tough task for the home team but to be the best, you need to beat the best.
Manly were fairly comfortable last week, and when the going got tougher, they showed fine resolve to go and score another goal to secure the victory.
Two from two will have Manly on the perfect path toward defending their crown.
Bankstown City v Blacktown Spartans @Jensen Park, Sunday 7pm
On the final game of round two, Bankstown City host the Blacktown Spartans at Jensen Park with a 7pm kick off.
A difficult start away from home from Matt Costantini when Bankstown took on Manly last week and couldn’t come away with anything from Cromer Park.
It won’t get any easier against one of the competition favourites, but Bankstown have their own weapons and could cause a surprise.
The Spartans get their motors moving this week after skipping round one.
A team with quality all over the park and one to definitely watch in 2021.
It will be interesting to see it all come together but nothing but three points would be acceptable at Blacktown Football Park.
Sydney Olympic v Northern Tigers – PP
Sydney University v APIA – PP
By: NIKOLA POZDER, CHIEF NPL NSW WOMEN’S WRITER