Club Championship Update – May 22nd

NPL 1

Blacktown City hold onto 1st spot, picking up 15 points from the weeks play. APIA maintain 2nd with 15 points of their own whilst Olympic who is leading the 1st grade comp hold 3rd.

Bonnyrigg got a win when it was needed most over Marconi on the weekend, and managed to add 14 points to their championship total.

Surprisingly, Rockdale City Suns now sit 2nd last after gaining a measly 2 points through their 20s. They currently hold an 11 point gap over the White Eagles, and are in serious danger of facing relegation in 11 weeks time.

The same can be said about Marconi who gained a point through their 18s squad over the weekend, tieing them with Rockdale on Club Championship points.

 

NPL 2

The Central Coast maintains their lead as they seek promotion with excellent results coming from their 20s as well as 1st grade.

They gained maximum points over the weekend, whilst Rangers only gained 9, meaning that they are now 27 points behind the Mariners.

Northern Tigers have leapfrogged into 3rd with 145 points, whilst Western Sydney dropped back a spot to 4th with 144 points.

Parramatta FC maintain their grasp on the bottom of the table despite picking up 12 points over the weekend.

Spirit and Canterbury Bankstown both are keeping their heads just above water with a 10 point lead over last, whilst Macarthur Rams are just ahead on 84 points.

 

NPL 3

Hawkesbury City have taken back 1st place after a strong weekend saw them pick up 21 points, whilst Bankstown City “The Macedonian Millionaires” fell back to 3rd on the championship table, with only 4 points, and a massive blow in drawing with Dunbar in 1st grade.

And might I add, what an explosive rivalry that is turning out to be.

St George have been bumped up to 2nd, sitting just 3 points behind Hawkesbury now after another strong weekend.

Currently there appears to be about 4 or 5 teams that can make a claim for promotion. Obviously you have that top pack of 3, Gladesville Ryde aren’t out of the question yet, and Dunbar and Dulwich Hill are holding on, keeping pace as best as they can.

We are looking at an exciting race for promotion in NPL 3.

Unsurprisingly, Fraser Park and Western NSW Mariners maintain the bottom two spots in the relegation battle, both clubs coming away with 0 championship points, and still 0 wins for their 1st grade sides.

With only 1 point separating them, it seems unlikely things are going to be changing anytime soon.

Stanmore Hawks managed to pick up a couple of points as well to move them a little further away from relegation, whilst Granville Rage picked up nothing over the weekend, leaving them in a little danger if one of the cellar dwellers starts firing.

As an aside, it’s a shame that FNSW delayed the changes to the competition for another year as there are quite clearly 5 sides that all should be relegated if not worse. But that’s a debate for next year now.

 

State League

It’s hard to deny that Central Cost United have something special going on up there. 8 wins and a draw to their 1st grade side, with their only loss of the season coming in the cup. This is a team that would challenge plenty NPL 3 sides.

The club picked up 17 points only faltering with a draw in the 20s. They now have a 17 point lead over UNSW, who failed to pick up any points against Nepean.

Speaking of, Nepean are now sitting in 3rd place, only 9 points behind UNSW now, and will be keen to try and keep pace and challenge CCU for promotion, which they only just missed out on last year.

Down the bottom end, Gazy picked up no points, keeping their last placed spot. In other news, water is wet.

 

WNPL 1

Uni maintain their lead in the Championship, picking up all 12 points over the weekend, whilst Macarthur Rams have found their way into 2nd, also with 12 points.

At this stage it’s going to be hard to deny that Uni are looking the best to win 1st grade, and only have the Koalas to contend with in the reserves.

Sutherland Shire FA are still without any points in 1st grade, and their reserves had another loss, meaning that they remain last.

Not quite safe yet is Bankstown City, who also picked up 0 points over the weekend, meaning that they are only 6 points clear from relegation.

 

WNPL 2

Sydney Olympic are still on fire, gaining 10 points over the weekend with a win in 1st grade and a draw in reserves.

APIA aren’t too far behind, and have in fact made ground on the Canterbury club, picking up 12 points to now only being 13 behind.

Central Coast also picked up a full 12 points, staying in the hunt for promotion.

Down the other end of the table, Southern Branch and St George occupy the bottom 2 spots, with only 1 point separating them. The only difference behind a draw in the reserves side.

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