NSW NPL 3 Mid Season Review

Yes this is late, but still within the week of the mid season! So before round 14 kicks off let’s have a look at how each team has been going.

Fraser Park

11 wins, 2 draws, 0 losses. 37 for, 7 against. 35 points.

Fraser Park and Rydalmere have been neck and neck this season, with 1 point separating them on the table and only 8 points in the championship. tai SMith and Benjamin Vidaic have scored 11 and 10 goals respectively for the club, giving them the 2nd best attack in the comp. Fraser have only dropped points to Rydalmere and SD Raiders so far, and it looks like the Lions might be the only team that can stop them. Not to mention they have only conceded 7 goals so far with a few massive wins. They’ll finish top 2 no doubt.

Rydalmere Lions

11 wins, 1 draw, 1 loss. 50 for, 18 against. 34 points.

Probably the only team that can knock Fraser Park off for the title. A 10 point lead over St George suggests it’s a 2 horse race, with round 20 being the potential decider for the season. Had a huge 11-0 win over Inter Lions in round 3, and have racked up 50 goals so far, the most in the comp with Amaury Gauthier smashing it with 19 goals from 11 games. So far have dropped points to Fraser Park in a draw and a surprise loss 2 rounds ago to Dulwich Hill. A 3-2 win over Balmain last week may suggest they are slowing down, but I expect them to power through to be top 2.

St George City

7 wins, 3 draws, 3 losses. 34 wins, 19 losses. 24 points.

Coming up from the State League last season, the St George FA team is doing quite alright for themselves. Sitting in 3rd in both the table and championship, if it wasn’t for Fraser and Rydalmere they’d be leading the comp. A tough game this week against Rydalmere, they will be looking to bounce back from last weeks 3 all draw with Magic. Unfortunately they wont be taking home the premiership but there’s nothing stopping them challenging for the championship.

Dulwich Hill

7 wins, 1 draw, 5 losses. 27 for, 19 against. 22 points.

After a crappy season last year finishing 12th, Dulwich have turned things around this year. A strong 5-0 over SD Raiders last week and a 2-1 win over Rydalmere the week before will certainly give them the belief that they can secure a finals spot. Solid defence from the team has been their key this year, although a few losses to some of the lower teams have come as a shock. Definitely expect to see them in the finals if they can build up some momentum.

Sydney University

6 wins, 2 draws, 5 losses. 25 for, 25 against. 20 points.

Always been a consistent good side, Sydney Uni sit in 5th with 6 wins and 2 draws. 1 win in their last 3 games should have them slightly worried, especially after a 1-1 draw with Western NSW Mariners last week. Definitely a team that can challenge for a finals spot, but it will come down to how badly they want it compared to the rest.

Hawkesbury City

5 wins, 4 draws, 4 losses. 29 for, 23 against. 19 points.

Santiago Pallares Palomeque has been a revelation this season with 14 goals from 12 games. He must be careful though as he sits on 4 yellows, and a week out of action could cost his side against a stronger team. Their attack has been strong all around with a 6-1 win over Sydney Uni and a 6-2 win over Inter Lions earlier this season. They’re a team that like Sydney Uni can challenge for a finals spot, but are likely to just miss out.

Stanmore Hawks

5 wins, 2 draws, 6 losses. 18 for, 23 against. 17 points.

Struggling somewhat to find the back of the net this season, they find themselves mid table after a strong year last year. They have the potential to beat the better teams as shown in their 3-1 win over Dulwich Hill, but have been struggling otherwise. Won’t make finals but they have the potential to cause an upset or two late in the season.

SD Raiders

4 wins, 4 draws, 5 losses. 24 for, 25 against. 16 points.

The team that was 1 minute away from a round of 32 FFA Cup appearance, and in the cruelest of ways they saw that dream vanish. Promoted from last seasons State League, 8th isn’t too bad considering the cup run that they had which has undoubtedly caused a few problems in the league. After losing star keeper Tomi Romic to Blacktown City, they may find themselves struggling, but can match it with the big dogs like their 3-4 loss to Rydalmere. Unfortunately they’ve won 1 in their last 4 league games, most likely due to their focus on the cup. Will finish mid table, and potentially cause some upsets along the way.

Gladesville Ryde Magic

3 wins, 6 draws, 4 losses. 18 for, 18 against. 15 points

After finishing 5th last season, Magic find themselves in 9th spot. 1 win in their last 6 games, the Greek club aren’t necessarily struggling. Scored 18 goals and conceded 18 this season, they have been part of quite a few low scoring games, where a decision or two might have seen them gain an extra 2 points here or there. A 3-3 draw last week to St George and a tight 2-3 loss earlier to Rydalmere will give them hope though. If they can find a few more goals, they’ll challenge for a finals spot, as we know their defence is up for it.

Dunbar Rovers

4 wins, 3 draws, 6 losses. 26 for, 28 against. 15 points.

Finishing equal 2nd last season, Dunbar find themselves at the wrong end of the table this season. After a roster shake up, they seem yet to have fully clicked. 2 wins on the trot against Granville and Inter Lions will give them some confidence going into the next few rounds however. Dunbar only sit 5 points outside the top 5, showing how tight the comp is, and will definitely challenge their way for a finals spot. May just fall short though.

Granville Rage

2 wins, 6 draws, 5 losses. 14 for, 20 against. 12 points

11th on the table and last in the championship, it’s really hard to get behind Granville at the moment. 1 win in their last 7 games, but only have a GD of -6. Playing in some low scoring affairs, they’re unlucky to only have 2 wins, as they have one of the best defences in the league. Unfortunately they have the 2nd worst attack, and goals win games. Will finish lower mid table, maybe better luck next season.

Inter Lions

4 wins, 0 draws, 9 losses. 17 for, 44 against. 12 points.

A team that is allergic to draws. No seriously, they had 1 draw last season and are yet to draw this year. A heavy 7-0 loss to Fraser Park last week, coupled with 1 win from their last 7, means the Inter Lions find themselves back in 12th. Daniel Fogarty is carrying the attack with 7 out of their 17 goals, the question is will the club avoid the spoon this year?

Western NSW Mariners

2 wins, 3 draws, 8 losses. 10 for, 33 against. 9 points.

Everyone’s favourite away trip, Western NSW Mariners again find themselves down the bottom of the table. Already doing better than last season though, the Rural NSW club is faced with the hard task of avoiding relegation. Only ahead by 13 points, they have to find ways to keep winning, especially at home. The worst attack in the league, however it’s not easy for the club to recruit strikers at will.

Balmain Tigers

1 win, 1 draw, 11 losses. 18 for, 45 against. 4 points.

4 points the first half of this season with the worst attack in the comp spells out how disastrous this season has been for Balmain. If it wasn’t for their U20s keeping them up they would be sitting last in the championship as well, but they hold a 5 point lead over Granville. Their sole win has come against Western NSW and their ony other points coming from a 2-2 draw with Dunbar. Heavy losses at the start of the season set the club off on the wrong foot, and so far they haven’t found a way to turn it all around.

 

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