Eurobodalla Shoalhaven Highlands Southern Tablelands Far South Coast
PlayStation 4 National Premier League 2 NSW Women's competition round 21
< FNSW PlayStation 4 National Premier League 2 competition
Monday, August 22, 2016 11:12 Age: 2 yrs
Category: Front Page News

PlayStation 4 National Premier League 2 NSW Women's competition round 21

After a very nervous wait for other results on the day, Southern Branch FC U13 Girls finished the season in 4th place and have made the final series.   Congratulations to all the girls on your fantastic improvement this season and good luck next week against Northern Tigers FC.

Friday’s catch up fixture between Olympic and Inter had huge implications for the PlayStation® 4 National Premier Leagues 2 NSW Women’s 2016 premiership race, with the winner having the chance to claim top spot come the end of Round 21.

Round 21:

The final round of the regular season is done and dusted for the Playstation® 4 National Premier Leagues 2 NSW Women’s 2016, with the premiership not secured until the final kick of the season.

The Inter Lions have claimed the premiership thanks to a hard fought draw with title rivals Sutherland Shire. It’s gone down to the wire, but Inter deserve the plaudits for the way they found a way to win consistently throughout the year. And in a competition this close – the top four finished on 39, 38, 38, and 38 points respectively – it’s an outstanding achievement.

The Northern Tigers also deserve praise for snatching 2nd spot in the final round thanks to their 3-1 win over Central Coast, and while Olympic couldn’t quite claim top spot, they still put in a professional performance to overcome Bankstown 2-1 at Jensen Park. Elsewhere, Southern Branch finished the season a high note by defeating Nepean 1-0.

Nepean FC vs Southern Branch FC, 3pm Sunday August 21st at Cook Park

Nepean have gone down 1-0 to Southern Branch in their final game of the year out at Cook Park. The home side have so much potential to work with, but an inability to put teams away sees them finish in 5thposition – a massive 11 points behind Olympic. It’s not an insurmountable gap for 2017, but they’ll need to tempt over a quality attacking players to give things a shake next year.

Sarah Hickling once again found the back for the net for Southern before half time in what is a great end to the season for them, but like the sides below them they’ll rue the amount of goals they conceded this season. They’ve jagged the odd result here and there, but consistency is the key for top sides and it deserted them in 2016. Another that can go further next year with some improvements across the team.  

Reserve Grade:

Nepean FC defeated Southern Branch 2-0, Sutherland overcame Inter 1-0, and at Jensen Park Bankstown were 2-0 victor’s over Sydney Olympic. 2016’s premiers the Northern Tigers had the bye in the final round.

Southern Branch FC 13 Girls 

Played their last competition match of the season against Nepean FC last Sunday. The girls showed their team spirit and determination to the very last second of the game as they tried to make the playoffs without relying on other results. 

The game was a typical Southern V Nepean game with both sides trying to play and not giving the other a much time on the ball. Southern were the first to threaten the scorers when a well worked short corner between Zoe Anderson and Jasmine Tan ended with Jas’s shot on target but the Nepean keeper was well placed to save. 

Midfielders Chloe Hain, Zoe Anderson and Bronte Wright started to work their way into the game and combined well with forwards Jarrah Fuz, Abbey Crapp, Elyshia Westley, Makenzie Morris and Kailey Timbs as Southern gained momentum and threatened the Nepean goal but couldn’t find a way past the strong Nepean defence. 

Nepean quickly turned defence to attack and received a free kick just outside the Southern penalty box. A direct shot on goal went past the defensive wall and a great save by keeper Tara Bailey deflected the ball out for a corner. 

The second half saw Nepean start to play a bit more directly and the Southern defence of Tiana Reardon, Tanika Paton, Keely Nicholls and Jasmine Tan had to work hard to contain the speedy Nepean forwards. The defenders’ composure gave our wide players room to move and Abbey Crapp made great runs down the left wing but we weren’t able to find support with our final pass.

Nepean scored a great goal when their midfielder found herself in space and struck a fantastic shot into the top left hand corner that was just out of the reach of the diving Tara.

Undeterred, Southern kept attacking and another well worked short corner between Zoe and Elyshia ended with Zoe’s shot just lifting over the cross bar. 

Despite the fantastic effort by the Southern girls they couldn’t find the equaliser and Nepean ran out 1 – 0 winners, with that win and other results giving them 1st place in the competition. Unfortunately, in trying to make a save at the end of the game keeper Tara received a back injury and we hope to see her on the mend soon. 

After a very nervous wait for other results on the day, Southern finished the season in 4th place and have made the final series. 

Congratulations to all the girls on your fantastic improvement this season and good luck next week against Northern Tigers FC.

U13 Girls 1 – 0 Loss

U15 Girls 0– 1 Win

U17 Girls 1 – 0 Loss

Res Grade 2 – 0 Loss

1st Grade   0 – 1 Win