Club Championship Overview – May week 2

Let’s take a look at the 4 competitions in NSW from NPL 1 to State League, and see how teams are travelling so far in the club championship.

How the club championship points are determined:

Each club earns club championship points based on the number of premiership points in each grade.

1st grade earns 4 x competition points
U20s earns 2 x competition points
U18s earns 1 x competition points

Therefore it is possible to win the club championship without coming first in mens first grade, and to avoid relegation the same way.

 

NPL 1

Blacktown City are currently leading the way on 143 points, however they are closely followed by a pack of 3, in which 1st to 4th is seperated by only 19 points.

Sydney United 58, APIA Leichardt and Rockdale City Suns are all in the chasing pack, with Rockdale and APIA on 124 points, and SU58 on 134 points.

Down the other end of the table is where things get really interesting, as the lowest team faces relegation at the end of season. Bonnyrigg White Eagles are sitting last on 38 points after horror runs in all 3 grades, whilst Parramatta FC aren’t that far ahead on 48 points, also having a rough first half of the season.

That isn’t to say that the teams can’t turn their fortunes around and catch the teams sitting mid table.

For example Sutherland Sharks are keeping their heads above water on 83 points with strong performances as always from their U20s who have picked up 46 points.

Sydney FC are another team certainly being boosted by their youth players, with 57 of their 85 points being earned from their U18s and U20s.

NPL 2

Currently sitting in 1st in the Club Championship is Marconi Stallions. Out in fron with 170 points they hold a 20 point gap over promotion favourites Western Sydney Wanderers.

Not too far behind however is a surprise team in Northern Tigers with 134 points, then Central Coast with 131 points with some strong performances by their juniors.

Looking to the relegation zone and so far Bankstown City Lions are making it their own with just 43 points. Poor results across all 3 grades are contributing to their woes, especially with only 28 points coming from 1st grade.

This is a huge shock as last season they were able to make a push towards promotion, only being held out by the 2 Sydney academy teams and Marconi Stallions.

However if they were able to pick up some wins over the coming weeks they may manage to chase down Bankstown Berries who are sitting on 69 points thanks largely to their 1st grade side.

With 15 rounds still to play, anything can, and certainly will happen.

NPL 3

NPL 3 at the moment has the tightest race at both ends of the table.

Fraser Park and Rydalmere Lions are neck and neck on 172 points each. After being relegated from NPL 2 last season Fraser Park are certainly itching to make it back up to where they believe they belong, whilst Rydalmere came so close last season, only to just miss out.

Sydney University is currently 3rd with 139 points, with huge results coming from their U18s and U20s teams. St George City FA are only just trailing them on 133 points, however both clubs will find it hard to catch the 2 front runners.

At this stage in the competition we have a fierce relegation battle on our hands, with Balmain Tigers on 42 points (2 games in hand) and Granville Range on 49 points (1 game in hand).

Balmain have picked up a measly 4 points (1 draw) from their first grade side with their U20s are doing most of the hard work with 26 points.

Granville have picked up 40 points from their 1st grade, having little help from their youth with only 9 points earned between the 2 teams.

Just up the table are Stanmore Hawks on 58 points, and then through to Hawkesbury City in 7th on 83 points.

State League

At the bottom of the pyramid is the NSW State League. With only 10 teams it has the potential to be the tightest league of them all, however we often find that this is not the case. Certainly not this season at least.

7 out of the 10 teams are certainly pushing their way for promotion, with Western Condors, Wagga City Wanderers and Gazy Auburn being left behind.

The front runners are currently Bankstown United with 77 points being contributed to well by all 3 grades. Following them is Camden Tigers with 72 points, UNSW with 68 points thanks largely in part to their U20s and Nepean FC with 65 points.

However being only 5 rounds in, a lot can happen over the next 13. Even teams such as Hurstville or Prospect United might be able to make a late charge to push for promotion.

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