Club Championship Overview – August Week 2

I think it’s safe to say that this season has been one of the best yet of the NSW NPL, with close finishes across 3 out of the 4 divisions, Marconi Stallions being the only run away side.

Let’s take a look at which teams are going where next season, and who is still battling it out.

NPL 1

Blacktown City are your NPL 1 Club Champions for 2017! Despite not winning the premiership, they have edged out APIA by only 5 points!

Parramatta FC are the unfortunate victims of relegation this season after only picking 1 win (administrative decision) and 3 draws. They will be joining the NPL 2 competition from 2018.

NPL 2

Marconi FC will be moving back up to the NPL 1 competition after being relegated at the end of 2015. Many will argue that they will be back where they belong, being one of the giants of the NSL era.

Bankstown City Lions will be joining the NPL 3 competition next season, meaning that Bankstown will have a team across 3 grades. There was a chance to have all 3 sides in the NPL competition, but Bankstown United missed out on promotion.

NPL 3

The battle for promotion is still being hard fought between Rydalmere and Fraser Park, with both teams still able to take out promotion. With so few rounds to go, you have to have the feeling that it will all go down to the final round.

Battling it down the other end are Balmain Tigers and Granville Rage. WNSW Mariners, Inter Lions and Stanmore Hawks are also in danger of relegation although should be safe.

One on hand Granville Rage are getting their points in 1st grade where the higher weighting is, and Balmain are getting theirs through their 20s. Whichever clubs gets relegated will be asking serious questions of their coaching staff in the other grades.

State League

After such an exhilarating season, Camden Tigers are the team to be joining the NPL 3 next season. It all came down to the final day between Nepean and Camden, in which Camden were able to take home the prize of promotion.

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