Cringila Lions play Port Kembla FC at night. Both are near the bottom. The Lions in particular are wanting to put a distance between themselves and South Coast United. One win by United would change the whole complexion of the relegation zone. It is a cool evening with an even cooler wind from the southwest.
round 7 table Stretches
Port Kembla at home play Bulli FC 1901. Both teams will be disappointed by their recent results. Port are in the bottom half of the table with only one win while Bulli 1901 have faulted in recent games. They are 6th on the table and could drop away from the leading pack if they do not pick up points in this match. The pitch is heavy but in good condition on a very warm and humid autumn afternoon.
Round 6: who’s in line for the drop?
Early though the season is, there will be a titanic struggle at the bottom to avoid the revelation of potential relegation. Every point counts and this is a ‘six- pointer’ encounter. Both Corrimal Rangers and Cringila Lions have struggled so far this round. Rangers are at home and will want all three points that are on offer. The weather is sunny with a cooling breeze on a perfect day.
ROUND 6: midtable tussLE
The Tarrawanna Blueys are at home to Coniston FC aka Cono. Both teams need a win to stay in the race for the Premiership even this early in the season. The Blueys form has improved in recent weeks and they’ll be hoping to consolidate their position as Cono are only one place below them. Cono lost to White Eagles last week in a tough encounter. So, this match is important in the scheme of things for both clubs. Another nice day, cool with intermittent cloud and sunshine, on one the prettiest grounds in the country.
Round 5 the table takes shape
Woonona Sharks play Corrimal Rangers in a local derby that has been played for at least 125 years, on the eve of ANZAC Day. Sharks won their deferred Round 1 game and are looking to be competitive for the title chase. Rangers in comparison have struggled and need the points to boost morale and create a distance between themselves and the pack looking at the big drop. It is another beautiful sunny day with a hint of a cool south-easterly breeze.
round 4 down to business
Albion Park White Eagles play Coniston FC who are off to a flying start. White Eagles boasts an impressive team who are likely contenders for the Championship. To prove this, they will need to beat Coniston and move up to striking position just off top place. A tough and technically proficient White Eagles take on a young and speedy Coniston FC in Albion Park on another glorious day with the escarpment as backdrop to what promises to be a meaty clash.
Sharks v SC United
The Woonona Sharks face South Coast United in what could be a ding-dong relegation six pointer. The Sharks played a Jekyll and Hyde game against Port letting a victory slip through their fingers. Last round they were hammered by Coniston. This game will determine whether the Premiers are relegation material the very next season or are about to consolidate their season. South Coast United have zero points and will need to start picking up points if they are to survive this season or face the big drop.
ROUND 3 THE battle for dominancE
Bulli FC 1901 are at home and will play Wollongong United. Joyous and painful memories linger. United will remember that Grand Final loss to Bulli as will Bulli remember their last gasp winner. Both teams are vying for the coveted Championship spot. The day is beautiful, warm and sunny with a slight hint of a cool southerly wind. This should be a great battle between two of the top IPL teams. FC 1901 lost to Olympic and to lose here will impact on their belief as Championship material.
Overall, the teams were evenly matched with chances for both sides. One could argue the referee missed a clear foul committed on the keeper which gave United the points and cost BFC 1901 the home win. Both now must go on to beat off the other challengers. Both are early favourites, but they will need to contain a rampant Olympic who are off to the perfect start.
ROUND 3 THE RELEGATION BATTLES BEGIN
The Blueys face off against Cringila Lions. The Blueys prop up the table on zero points. They were hammered 5-1 by Wollongong United in the postponed Round One. They clearly struggled against the 2020 Grand Final winners. In Round Two Bulli did not get out of second gear and dominated the game with the Blueys unable to gain any significant period of possession. They have played two of the favourites to take out the title this year but another loss, three in a row would knock the confidence out of the team. This game will see if they are to face a long season fighting for survival or become a mid-table team. Tonight, the Blueys face the Cringila Lions away in what may be an early relegation battle. The Lions are in a similar position with zero points. They will want to win at home and put distance between themselves and the Blueys in what could be for both clubs a difficult season.
Woonona Sharks v POrt Kembla FC
This will be the first IPL game for the Sharks. As Premiers they will have a target on their backs as teams attempt to knock them off the pedestal. Port by contrast had an unremarkable last season and will be looking to build on their Round 1 win over South Coast United (who are early favourites to be relegated). The weather is glorious in the high 20s with a strong north-easterly breeze. The surface of Shark Oval looks good.
Tarrawanna Blueys v Bulli FC
A blocking high over the Pacific has produced a glorious day for football at one of the most picturesque fields in the country. The Blueys, the perennial underachievers will be hoping to start the season well. Bulli after their loss in the opening round will want all three points if they are to not allow Olympic get an early start over them. The surface looks good and it should be an entertaining encounter between the traditional rivals in blue.
Tarrawanna Blueys 1 Bulli FC 4
The season is due to start this weekend but there has been considerable rainfall around the coastline of NSW. The state of the fields may cause a delay to the season kick-off. Bulli FC are the early favourites to take out this year’s title. Wollongong Olympic have revamped and are likely to be hot contenders. Wollongong United are always competitive and then there is Woonona Sharks who won the Premiership 2020. They may also make a big splash this year. At the bottom in line for relegation is South Coast United who must be the early favourites to drop into the District League with the best all weather field or not.
Wollongong Olympic v Bulli FC
The main game of the weekend involves Wollongong Olympic who take on Bulli FC. Both teams have ambitions for the premiership. The pitch is heavy but in good condition on a perfect Sunday afternoon.
Ian Clarino keeps a close on eye on Hikaru Kawasakiya