Hopefully the nCov-2019 will be over soon.
It’s a cold July Friday night as the games finally are underway. There is still no assurance the season will be completed as Victoria has had a sudden rise in the number of Covid19 cases. NSW is clear and has been given the go ahead to start the season.
The season kicks off with the Bert Bampton Cup contested between IPL1 and IPL2 teams. Cringila Lions take on the Tarrawanna Blueys in an important game because there is a cup for the Champions and very little time to get into form for a shortened Illawarra Premier League season.
It ends Cringila Lions 4 ( Pires 7′ ,17′, Siminoski 26′,39′) Tarrawanna Blueys 0
The Saturday game is between Woonona Sharks and South Coast United. The Sharks had an excellent season last year and will be looking to improve while SC United struggled but managed to avoid relegation.
Bert Bampton Cup Woonona Sharks v Cringila Lions
The Illawarra Premier League 2020
Finally the season starts!
The IPL kicks off this weekend. There will be no relegation to the disappointment of fans and clubs in IPL2. Often the most exciting games are the relegation games. In any event, Cringila Lions have been on fire in the Bampton Cup and lethal in front of goal. On Friday night they are at home and take on Albion Park White Eagles. This is likely to be a close and competitive game if recent pre-season and Brampton Cup matches are any indication.
Are Cringila Lions the real deal or a bubble waiting to burst?
The Saturday fixture is between Bellambi and Port Kembla. Bellambi are newly promoted.
ROUND 2 Tarrawanna Blueys v Wollongong United
After sledging over the state of the pitch in the lead up to this clash in the media Tarra emerges from the shed with a mix of youthful and experienced player ready to do battle for the points. The pitch is in reasonable though heavy condition.
Corrimal Rangers v Port Kembla
Port were soundly beaten by Belambi and play Rangers who only managed a draw against Tarra in the previous round which was abandoned due to a deluge at halftime with the other half played on Tuesday night.
Wet weather has washed out all but one game. South Coast United v Albion Park White Eagles may still go ahead.
South Coast United v Albion Park White Eagles
Morgan latches onto the ball in space behind the defence
Bulli FC v Wollongong Olympic
Both teams have high aspirations. Bulli FC are rebuilding after a disappointing last season. Olympic have lost some key players from their premiership winning side. With sides only playing each other once, points are essential, and any slip up may prove costly. Bulli FC are at home. The ground is looking in good condition after the heavy rain last week. This promises to be an entertaining game.
South Coast United v Tarrawanna Blueys
The night game is between United and Tarra. Both teams need points. United have been disappointing again after a poor season last year while Tarra is building through a core of up and coming young talent.
Port Kembla v Albion Park White Eagles
Port are yet to earn a point while the White Eagles with their highly talented squad will be expecting nothing other than a win from their players. A howling cold westerly is blowing diagonally across the field. Conditions are difficult for soccer.
Round 5 Tarrwanna Blueys v Bulli FC 1901
Bulli are away to Tarrawanna and will be seeking to stamp their authority on the table. The Blueys in contrast with many young players are out to re-establish their competitiveness. A cold blustery winter’s day where the icy westerly parts in all directions as it comes over the escarpment is the setting for the game. The strong wind will definitely be a factor. The ground is in reasonable condition after the recent rain albeit a little bumpy in places.
Tarrawanna Blueys 1 Bulli FC 1901 1
The Sunday match is between Corrimal Rangers and Albion Park White Eagles on another blustery day. Both talented teams are looking to stamp their credentials on the premiership race.
Albion Park WHITE EagleS v Tarrawanna Blueys
The White Eagles must be disappointed with their form so far given their highly talented squad. Tarrawanna Blueys come off an excellent draw with Bulli FC and will be hoping to be in the finals series. It’s a beautiful day in Albion Park; sunny and no wind.
The Sunday game is between Wollongong Olympic and Woonona Sharks. The Sharks have a a solid midfield and are an improving side. Olympic in contrast have been inconsistent for a such talented side.
Wollongong Olympic v Woonona Sharks
Albion Park White Eagles v Woonona Sharks
White Eagles will be expecting to climb the table. The Woonona Sharks are on a roll after trouncing Wollongong Olympic last weekend and are hoping to make the finals series.
The Bampton Cup 2020
Wollongong United 2 Bulli FC 1901 0
The teams met again mid-week in the IPL. Bulli FC were trounced 1-5. United open a four point gap at the top of the table.
This is a must win game for Tarrawanna Blueys against Bellambi Rosellas who just last week had the opportunity to go top of the table but managed only one point from six. Bellambi now must be looking over their shoulders. For the Blueys only a win will do if they have any chance of making the final series.
Corrimal rangers v woonona sharks
Corrimal Rangers are struggling and need to beat a youthful Woonona Sharks if they are to be in the finals series. The Sharks have built their strength on an organised interaction between the defence and midfield.
Corrimal Rangers 1 Woonona 2
The Chase for Finals spots is on in earnest
Wollongong United look destined for the Premiership if they win against a recently struggling Bellambi Rosellas. The Rosellas will struggle to make the finals series if they do not get at least a point.