Club Championship Update

It’s been a while since we’ve done a good Club Championship update. And with the changes for next season, they’re probably needed more than ever. Everyone pays attention to the 1st grade table (hence the pro/rel changes), but for now the 18s and 20s is still relevant. Let’s go through each division and see who may be promoted/relegated.

 

NPL 1

Ah NPL 1, the division that most people care about. At the moment, Bonnyrigg is in the drop zone behind Manly United by 12 points, or 1 first grade win. Sydney FC will be thanking their cheque books that their 18s and 20s are keeping them up. Next year however, they might not be so lucky with the changes.

It’s interesting to note that Sydney Olympic is coming 4th, despite getting 0 points from their 18s and only 8 for their 20s. Not only are they looking to be good for the finals, but they’re also looking good to stay up next year.

 

NPL 2

NPL 2, the gateway to the top tier, and the tier that no one wants to fall to.

Mt Druitt is killing the competition so far out on 121 points, a 17 point lead over Central Coast Mariners academy. Their 1st grade side is in red hot form, and their 20s and 18s are doing their best to keep pace.

Central Coast and Northern Tigers are definitely making their case for promotion, and with their youngsters performing better, Mr Druitt’s 1st grade side can’t afford to slip up.

Down the other end of the table, Macarthur Rams, Parramatta FC and Canterbury Bankstown are all currently in the drop zone.

Unfortunately, 3 clubs will be making their way down to NPL 3, meaning that clubs can no longer coast through avoiding last place. Canterbury Bankstown is down on 34 points, with Melita on 45 and Rams on 50. Competition is tight down that end however, with 9th placed Spirit on 64 points.

Interestingly new boys Rydalmere Lions aren’t too far off the pace for promotion, whilst Parramatta who dropped from NPL 1 last season are a big possibility to be relegated once again.

 

NPL 3

This is the division that no one wants to be in this season. According to the FNSW guidelines, 10th to 14th will be relegated, and wont be guaranteed an NPL licence for next season, whilst only 1 club will be promoted to NPL 2.

At the moment the race for promotion is between Bankstown City and Hawkesbury City, with only 2 points separating the 2 clubs. St George City and Gladesville aren’t too far off the pace, both within 11 points of Bankstown.

Once we get to the bottom, it’s sad to know that the last 5 clubs will face relegation and possibly worse.

Currently the clubs facing relegation consist of; WNSW Mariners, Fraser Park, Inter Lions, Granville Rage and Stanmore Hawks.

Stanmore is 6 points from safety whilst the Mariners are 35 points from safety, almost 2 whole rounds. It’s interesting that Fraser Park who battled so hard for promotion last season, are facing relegation or possibly extinction from next season.

Every match for the 3 grades is crucial to each clubs survival. No one wants to be in the bottom 5 come final day.

State League

And finally we come to the State League, or NPL 4 as it will be known next year.

Again, according to the FNSW guidelines, the club that gets promoted will be saved, whilst the rest will have to prove their worth to the NPL. So far, UNSW is looking as though they will be saving themselves, with 97 championship points enjoying success in all 3 grades.

Bankstown United who once again started the season really well have fallen to be 20 points off of the leaders, with the losses to UNSW really hurting.

However we’re only 5 rounds into the season, with the reverse fixtures still to play. Everyone wants to be gunning for promotion this season more than ever, and so far only UNSW, CCU and BUFC are looking up to the task.

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