NPL 3 Competition Update

With round 24 of the season completed, we’re one step closer to having it all decided.

SD Raiders secured their promotion after a strong run of form in the second half of the competition, edging out Gladesville Ryde Magic and Bankstown City Lions, both of which had lead at some point in the competition.

Hawkesbury City are the latest victims to have fallen to relegation in the Club Championship standings and just like Parramatta FC, it seems like it is wrong time in the wrong season.

Camden Tigers are a 17 point swing from being the final club to go down to NPL 4 next season and with games against Raiders and Parramatta, it is likely they will have their fate sealed this weekend.

Stanmore Hawks sit on top by 5 points, meaning that a win over Sydney Uni this weekend will hand them the premiership, even a draw will all but give them the trophy.

The top 4 for the finals are locked in and will be made up of Stanmore, Bankstown City, SD Raiders and Gladesville Ryde Magic will finish 4th no matter what.

The battle for the rest of the finals positions is still very much open with teams all the way down to 9th still in the hunt.

Bankstown United sit in 5th on 39 points, with 4 points needed to secure a finals berth. Their upcoming games are against Parramatta FC and Stanmore Hawks, so may need a little luck from other sides.

Inter sit in 6th on 37 points with a poor run of form, winless in their last 5. With games against Dunbar and WNSW, they still have a chance to make finals, but like Bankstown United may need a hand from other sides.

Camden Tigers are in 7th with 36 points, with a better for and against than Bankstown. They have 4 wins in their last 5 games and play Raiders and Parramatta, and have the confidence of some big scalps in the 2nd half of the season. Tigers are well poised to steal a finals spot should Bankstown or Inter slip up.

Dulwich are just keeping pace with 34 points and a decent GD, and have 1 loss in their last 5. Upcoming games are against the guaranteed 4th no matter what GRM and already relegated Hawkesbury.

Rounding out the last of the possibilities is Dunbar Rovers, who at one stage looked as if they could claim promotion. Sitting on 32 points they’d need everything to go perfectly their way and beat Inter and Bankstown City.

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