Club Championship Overview – June Week 4

Let’s do something a little different this week and work out way fro State League up! And even though the leagues are littered with wash out games, unless there is a major difference, we will be ignoring those games.

State League

UNSW picked up 12 points this week through their 1st grade side, whilst Bankstown United earned 11 points. UNSW holds only a 3 point lead currently over their fellow promotion favourites, however there are a few games in hand for both sides.

Nepean FC is also well and truly in the mix as they still have that full round in hand, and are only behind UNSW by 18 points, whilst Camden Tigers who have 2 rounds in hand are only 3 behind Nepean on 144 points.

We’re in for a tight contest over the next 8 weeks, as there are 4 clubs well and truly in the hunt for promotion. The only question is, who will come out on top?

NPL 3

For the time being, Rydalmere are still top of the championship with a 14 point lead over Fraser Park. The gap has closed from last week which was 16 points. Fraser Park also have a round in hand of course, which could see them back in the lead once that is done.

It is going to be a tight battle for promotion, and the lead can easily change from week to week, Rydalmere having the stronger U18s, and Fraser Park having the stronger U20s. Of course though it’s 1st grade where the main points are won and lost.

Granville Rage still sits in the relegation position only picking up 1 point on the weekend, whilst Balmain failed to get points in any grade. Granville does have that round in hand against FP, however it is unlikely to net them any points.

Western NSW Mariners this week gained 13 points to lift them to 11th in the standings, ahead of Inter Lions who only managed a 3 point gain, draws from their U18s and U20s. Stanmore Hawks managed to pick up 7 points on the weekend, keeping them away from danger for now.

NPL 2

It’s Marconi’s to lose now, plain and simple. The Stallions have reached 260 points after gaining 19, whilst 2nd placed Northern Tigers picked up 13, and the Western Sydney Wanderers only picked up 1 point. Questions must be asked about how an academy side from the A-League, and one that just missed out on promotion last season is doing so poorly this season. Even Central Coast are catching them with 209 points, and in fact the Wanderers are 5th on the table in the 1st grade standings.

Bankstown City picked up 13 points to keep pace with the rest of the teams, whilst the Berries hold a 6 point lead over their rivals sitting on 96 points. The Berries do have a few games in hand, but the way they have been playing this year they may only pick up a handful of championship points. Whichever team gets relegated, it’s looking more and more likely that it will be on of the Bankstown teams, as Macarthur picked up a few points to go out to 126 whilst Spirit FC lifted to 12th on 131 points.

NPL 1

Blacktown City maintain their lead for yet another week, out on 236 points picking up 14 from the weekend whilst 2nd placed APIA sit on 207 points, after a 14 point game as well.

There isn’t a whole lot to say at the bottom of the table, Melita made no gains staying on 54 points, whilst Bonnyrigg picked up 10 to move to 103 points. With only a handful of rounds left, Parramatta FC will be playing NPL 2 next year. Will their new coach stick around and go for promotion? Only time will tell.

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