A full round of action did you say? This week we will have all six matches in the NPL NSW Women’s competition on the park after a disrupted opening three rounds.
Football NSW Institute v Blacktown Spartans @Valentine Sports Park, 3pm
At Valentine Sports Park on Sunday afternoon, the Football NSW Institute will host the Blacktown Spartans.
The Institute were dominant last weekend and secured their first win of the season with a comfortable victory.
They’ll face a tougher task this week against the Spartans.
For the fourth placed Spartans, it was a topsy-turvy clash last week. Poor first half and great second half.
Brad Attard will hope to see more of what we witnessed in the second 45 as his W-League stars slowly return.
Northern Tigers v Sydney University @North Turramurra Rec Area, 3:30pm
Sydney University open their season against the Northern Tigers at North Turramurra on Sunday afternoon.
Jason Eagar’s girls were rusty last week in their first hit out and fell to the Stingrays in a five-goal thriller.
They’ll be better for this match despite the result last week and will definitely have the upper hand on Uni.
The students will finally line up on Sunday afternoon.
Questions marks were raised, and everyone is keen to see the new look outfit.
In an intriguing game as always between these two is expected here.
Macarthur Rams v Bankstown City @Lynwood Park, 4pm
The Macarthur Rams will host Bankstown City on Sunday afternoon at Lynwood Park.
Still undefeated after three matches, the Rams currently occupy first place.
Stephen Peters will feel his side should be three from three after last week’s result but will still be happy with his girls coming from behind to draw.
Despite only having one point from three matches, Bankstown have been good value.
You could say they were unlucky to not go away with nothing from their first two matches against Manly and the Spartans but picked up a point on Sunday.
Matt Costantini’s team could spring a surprise and the Rams must be prepared for that.
Sydney Olympic v Manly United @Belmore Sports Ground, 6pm
All eyes will be on the match of the round at Belmore Sports Ground on Sunday as Sydney Olympic host Manly United.
Olympic is another who will take the field for the first time in 2021.
A fine squad filled with super stars, George Beltsos’ team will be looking to go all the way this season and Sunday would be the perfect start.
Manly dropped their first points of the campaign last week. The result came as somewhat of a shock against a depleted APIA team.
United have had their own problems with injuries and W-League absences so they’ll look to bounce back immediately.
The last time these two met we were treated to a female football classic with Manly coming away with a last gasp victory, which would later see them win the championship trophy.
North West Sydney Koalas v Emerging Jets @Christie Park, 6pm
The North West Sydney Koalas welcome the Emerging Jets to Christie Park on Sunday evening.
First points of 2021 for Adam Keramea’s squad on Sunday will have them in more positive spirits.
They let that lead slip last time they were at home against Manly and will hope if they hit the front this time, they hold on.
After a great performance in their first match of the season, it was one to forget for the Jets last week.
They’ll need to improve to cause the Koalas problems.
APIA Leichhardt v Illawarra Stingrays @Lambert Park, 7pm
In the final match of round four action, APIA Leichhardt host the Illawarra Stingrays.
They surprised many last week with a plethora of players missing but showed the depth they possess.
We told you APIA is the real deal and another victory here will go along way to confirming that statement.
A perfect start down the south coast.
Two wins from two and the Stingrays are flying high currently. Michelle Carney is already in top form and she will be key to what the girls in pink do this season.
By: NIKOLA POZDER, CHIEF NPL NSW WOMEN’S WRITER