More of a winter soccer update this week, as the US-based players wait until this weekend to play, whilst the Australian-based players got on with playing over the last week.
Georgia Rowntree and Sydney University had two games over the weekend – firstly on Saturday against the Football NSW Institute, then on Sunday against Blacktown Spartans. Uni went down 2-1 to the Institute youngsters, but managed a win against Blacktown, notching up a 2-0 victory.
Staying in NPLNSW Women’s 1, Alex Huynh and Marconi played a part in what was the game of the week in the state’s premier league, with the Stallions going up 2-0 by halftime, Alex getting amongst the goals with a free kick. However, the second half saw the Macarthur Rams came storming back to win 3-2 courtesy of goals from W-League players Amy Harrison, Renee Rollason, and Georgia Yeoman-Dale. Despite the loss, Marconi remain the only team to take points off the league-leading Rams, and also the only team to really test the side.
Moving on to NPLNSW Women’s 2, and it was an unfortunate case of feeling the sting of revenge for Maddy Cornell and Southern Branch, who went down 1-0 to the same Northern Tigers side that Maddy scored 2 goals against as part of a 6-0 victory earlier in the season.
Up in Queensland, Ellie Papalexiou and Palm Beach demolished University of Queensland in the second half of their top of the table clash, claiming a 4-1 victory after being 1-0 down at halftime. Palm Beach backed up on Monday, taking on the touring College of William and Mary, but unfortunately went down 3-0 to the Tribe. With several other Palm Beach players potentially lined up to play in college, this game will have been a great experience for both Ellie and her teammates.
This weekend sees the US-based players on the field, with Kahlia Hogg and Colorado Rush taking on Bay Area Breeze on Saturday morning (AEST), whilst Anastasia McCleary and Issaquah take on THUSC Diamonds on Sunday morning (AEST).
Closer to home, Ellie Papalexiou and Palm Beach take on The Gap in yet another top of the table clash, as The Gap jumped UQ over the weekend. A win for Palm Beach will put them within 3 points of winning the Southeast Queensland Women’s Premier League title, whilst a loss would see The Gap able to jump Palm Beach, as they have a game in hand.
In NPLNSW Women’s 1, Alex Huynh and Marconi have the opportunity to jump Blacktown Spartans and into 7th place, and could rise 3 places to 5th if other results go their way. Meanwhile, Georgia Rowntree and 3rd placed Sydney Uni face a tricky match as they welcome 6th placed Northbridge FC.
Finally, in NPLNSW Women’s 2, Maddy Cornell and Southern Branch could jump from their current position of 5th into a share of second place, but will have to overcome a long trip to Sydney to play Sydney Olympic. The two sides are separated only by goal difference at the moment, so this should be a very tight match.
Good luck to all the players, and a special congratulations to Anastasia McCleary, who is set to make her WPSL debut this weekend.