NPL 2 Mid Season Review

You loved our mid season review for NPL 1 so we thought we’d have a crack at NPL 2 as well!

Hills United – Unbeaten in their last 6 and currently topping the table. Massive improvement from Patrick Zwaanswijk’s men after finishing around the mid-table mark last season. Probably won’t be enough for promotion though after being let down in the lower grades.

NS Mariners – Consistency seems to be key for NS Mariners, currently sitting in 2nd at the top half of the table where they’ve been for the last few years. A big turnaround for the club that was threatened with relegation to the third tier as recently as 2016. Keeping the pressure on WSW’s promotion push.

WSW – Third in firsts but currently leading the Club champ by 24 points. Won’t have the club champ to aid a promotion push next year so will need to keep up the results across the grades in order to reach the promised land of NPL1, something that’s eluded the franchise since joining the NPL system in 2016.

Spirit – One of our tips to be down the bottom this year in our pre-season review, will probably go on to win it just to spite us.

Mounties – Currently sitting in a respectable positon of 5th but would have been expecting to be a touch higher considering they backed gaffer Bomber Brown with a blank cheque in pre-season. Have brought in Corey Gameiro in the mid-season window to try & seal their finals push.

CC Mariners – Good in U/18’s & U/20’s but average in firsts seems to be the predictable thing for CC Mariners and it’s no different this time around. Currently coming 2nd in U/18’s, 1st in U/20’s but 6th in firsts means they’ll be spending another season in NPL2 next year. Have recently lost captain Michael Glassock to a club in Hong Kong. In more positive news 18 year old Dylan Ruiz-Diaz looks to be a gem, expect him to be in & around the HAL team next season who frankly have nothing else to lose at this point.

Northern Tigers – Had a decent start to the season but have plateaued out in recent weeks. Got their first win of the season against Rams overturned after playing a suspended player.

Blacktown Spartans – Still wearing the same jerseys from 4 years ago.

Bonnyrigg White Eagles – Nobody was expecting a promotion push this season, instead this season was more thought to be a season where the ship was steadied getting ready for a push in 2020 especially after being able to retain their core group of players from NPL1. Instead both Franco Cosentino & Milan Blagojevic are now gone & it’s looking more like another relegation battle for the former NPL1 champions.

Looking at the table their actually doing not too bad with U/18’s coming in 5th & firsts coming in 9th however the 30 point club champ deduction handed down to them at the start of the season looks to be costing them dearly. Currently level with Rams on 90 points in the club champ they’ll be hoping results pick up soon unless they want the honour of suffering back to back relegations.

Macarthur Rams – A club that seems to be perennially down at the bottom half of the table this season looks to be more of the same for Rams. As stated above they currently find themselves in the last relegation spot tied with Bonnyrigg. Will need a big push from the U/18’s who have yet to crack double figures in the points tally after 14 games.

Rydalmere – A new chapter for the club this season with stalwart Chris Camilleri being given the reigns of the first team. Not actually doing too well in firsts with them scoring the 2nd least amount of goals behind Berries and only 2 points in front of the 2 St George teams in 12th & 13th respectively. Have built a little bit of a gap in front of the relegation threatened teams in the club champ thanks to the 8th placed U/20’s however they are only 22 points ahead meaning all it takes is 1 bad week from Rydalmere & 1 good week from the likes of Bonnyrigg and the situations get flipped. Will be banking on the experience of skipper Chris Nunes & the talent of the likes of Luka Zepina who has been tipped for bigger things to get them through & ensure another season in NPL2.

St George Saints – Big change in fortune for last season’s champions currently finding themselves in a relegation fight. Seized on Juan Carlos Romero walking out on Sutherland & have brought back last season’s final hat trick hero in an attempt to climb up the ladder.

St George FA – The new boys this year, finding life in the 2nd tier a bit tougher after bossing State League & NPL3 currently sitting in 13th in the first grade ladder but 9th in the CC with a 37 point gap over Bonnyrigg/Rams thanks to the strength in lower grades.

Canterbury Bankstown – New Season, same tracksuit for Branko Culina after he re-joined the club he left last season a few weeks into this season. Things aren’t looking good for Berries sitting dead last in first grade, 2nd last in U/18’s & U/20’s and thus dead last in the CC 40 points away from safety. Have brought in nearly half a dozen players from *checks notes* the 12th placed in NPL3 Melita in the mid-season window. At least they’ll have the best canteen in NPL3 next season?

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