Premier Youth League Round 17 Review


With five rounds remaining and a stack of catch-up matches to be played as well, every single point will be vital for the teams still involved in the race. Those below them can still caused plenty of upsets and I am certain that the final composition of the play-off teams will not be known until the last round. That will certainly keep us interested.
Grade 13
Sutherland Sharks have extended their competition lead to five points after they posted a scoreless draw with fifth placed Macarthur Rams while Marconi Stallions are still in second spot despite their match with seventh placed A.P.I.A. Leichhardt Tigers being washed out.
Blacktown City Demons are in third place following their 2-0 success over ninth placed Penrith Nepean United and Manly United  are fourth after they were held to a scoreless draw by West Sydney Berries who are in eight position.
Sydney United are two points outside the top five at sixth after they played out a 0-0 draw with last placed Wollongong FC while Sydney Olympic are eleventh following their 2-0 result over tenth placed Bankstown City who then downed West Sydney Berries in a Round 9 catch-up match on Sunday.
Grade 14
Sutherland Sharks registered a 3-0 victory over Macarthur Rams, an outcome that has left the Sharks one point clear at the top of the table while the Rams are twelfth. Blacktown City Demons are holding down second spot after they were 4-0 winners over fourth placed Penrith Nepean United.
Marconi Stallions are three points further back at third after their match against eighth placed A.P.I.A. Leichhardt Tigers was washed out but the Stallions did take the points from their midweek clash with NSWIS Girls thanks to a 3-1 scoreline. Fifth placed Sydney United were held to a 1-1 draw by eleventh placed Wollongong FC.
West Sydney Berries are sitting in sixth spot, three points behind fifth, after they were 5-1 victors over last placed Manly United while Sydney Olympic are a point further back at seventh following their 2-0 loss to tenth placed Bankstown City.
Grade 15
Blacktown City Demons are four points clear at the top of the table after they produced a 4-0 win over tenth placed Penrith Nepean United while A.P.I.A. Leichhardt Tigers and Marconi Stallions are second and fourth respectively following the wash-out of their match this week. The Stallions had added three points to their tally with a 3-0 win over NSWIS Girls in the midweek encounter.
Wollongong FC are occupying third place, two points behind the Tigers after they came up with a 2-0 win over sixth placed Sydney United and Sydney Olympic are fifth thanks to their 2-0 success over eleventh placed Bankstown City.
Macarthur Rams are in seventh position after they downed twelfth placed Sutherland Sharks 1-0 and Manly United are two points further back at ninth following their 1-1 draw with eighth West Sydney Berries who then came up with a 1-0 result over Bankstown City in a Round 9 catch-up match played on Sunday.
Grade 16
Manly United have a lead of three points at the top of the table despite their 1-0 shock loss to last placed who went on to play out a scoreless draw with eleventh placed Bankstown City in a Round 9 catch-up match played on Sunday. Second placed A.P.I.A. Leichhardt Tigers and fourth placed Marconi Stallions could only twiddle their thumbs after their match was washed out.
Sydney United are third following their 1-1 draw with sixth placed Wollongong FC and Blacktown City Demons are fifth on goal difference after they recorded a strong 6-0 win over ninth placed Penrith Nepean United.
Sydney Olympic are seventh after they were 2-1 winners over eleventh placed Bankstown City while Sutherland Sharks are eighth following their 1-0 success over tenth placed Macarthur Rams.
Grade 18
Blacktown City Demons are the competition leaders thanks to their win by the odd goal in five over Penrith Nepean United who are now third while Marconi Stallions are placed second after their match with fourth placed A.P.I.A. Leichhardt Tigers was washed out.
Sydney Olympic are fifth following their 3-0 loss to seventh placed Bankstown City who then lost 1-0 to eleventh placed West Sydney Berries in a Round 9 catch-up match played on Sunday. Wollongong FC are five points further back at sixth after their match with ninth placed Sydney United was deferred to Sunday 20th July.
Manly United are eighth following their 2-0 loss to West Sydney Berries and Macarthur Rams are in tenth position after they downed last placed Sutherland Sharks 1-0.
-By Barry Davis