CC Update

Apologies for no podcast this week, we had a few unexpected things come up. We are delighted to say it will return next week though.

So instead lets run through the current Club Championship Standings

NPL 1

Not much to say here other than Hakpah is all but relegated acording to the calculations. Unless by some miracle Sydney United lost just about every game remaining and Hakoah win every game remaining, the Eastern Sydney side will be fighting for promotion back to NPL 1 next season.

NPL 2

Now we’re getting interesting.

North Shore Mariners have a healthy lead of 24, so more than a full round against WSW. The two sides won’t meet again this year so it’s all in North Shore’s hands. Neither side has an easier run home as such, but NSM definitely have the momentum with 6 consecutive wins from their first grade side.

Fighting for survival are the usual 3 suspects that have been all year.

Canterbury Bankstown with their 75 points means they can get at most 180 with Rydalmere only needing a 29 point swing to ensure their relegation.

Rams are just hanging on by a thread but need Bonnyrigg to really capitulate this late in the season. The White Eagles form as of late suggests that wont be the case, and Rams are all but certain to be the second side relegated to NPL 3.

St George have made a bit of ground over the last 2-3 weeks, sitting 4 points behind Rydalmere. The 2 clubs meet in round 24 and there is every chance that survival will be on the line in this game.

NPL 3

GRM have really fallen away from Raiders over the last few weeks, sitting 32 points behind the leaders whilst Bankstown City is making up the ground they have lost, only 2 points behind GRM.

Raiders games: Hawkesbury, Inter Lions, Stanmore, Uni, Tigers, GRM
GRM games: Parra, Stanmore, Hawkesbury, Dunbar, Dully, Raiders
City: Uni, WNSW, Parra, Stanmore, Rage, Rovers

Arguable Bankstown City has the best run in, but with a change of form there is every chance they could take a few losses, especially to Parra and Stanmore.

Between Raiders and GRM, both sides have a reasonable run in, and it would be very exciting if promotion came down to the final day.

In relegation terms WNSW and Rage are confirmed relegated (depending on FNSW still though).

Parramatta despite a few wins had a reality check by the high flying Raiders to bring them back down. A tough run in starting with GRM, Hawkesbury and Bankstown City over the next 3 weeks will prove a crucial test for the club. If they want to stay with the big boys, they have to prove they can match it with them. Dully and Sydney Uni are the only 2 clubs that have a realistic chance of being caught by Parramatta at this point.

Camden have won their last 2 against Hawkesbury and GRM and will fancy themselves to notch a few more wins after this weekend when they take on Stanmore. Only 26 points from safety, they have an outside chance however don’t play either of Dully or Sydney Uni.

Hawkesbury sit 22 points from safety but may be able to do enough to survive. Final game of the season is Dulwich and we may see one of a few scenarios. Both teams could be fighting for survival with the loser going down, or the other possibility is both sides needing enough points from a combination of draws and wins and both sides stay up. It will be an interesting final day to say the least.

CCU have a 16 point lead but have a full round in hand against Prospect.

It’s possible that Fraser could pinch promotion but highly unlikely. If CCU miss out for the second year in a row, I’m sure everyone would be at a loss for words.

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