The Club Championship
PCYC Parramatta Eagles extended their lead to twelve points when they took ten points from their encounters with Granville Rage who have dropped back a place to ninth while Bonnyrigg White Eagles remained in second spot after they split the points at seven apiece with sixth placed Dulwich Hill.
Northern Tigers are third following their gain of eight points from the clash with fifth placed Central Coast Lightning and Western Panthers are placed fourth after they earned twelve points from tenth placed Schofields Scorpions.
Spirit FC are sixth after they took only one point from their trip to Southern NSW who used their thirteen points share to move up two places to eighth and Southern picked six more points on Sunday from their Round 11 catch-up matches with Sydney Wanderers.
The Wanderers had taken nine points from last placed St George who went on to take thirteen points from their Round 5 catch-up matches with Dulwich Hill.
While it looks as though the current top five will fight it out for the pecking order in the finals series, there are so many catch-up matches to be played that we may well see a few changes between now and season?s end.
Granville Rage lead the way on the competition Table by a margin of two points after they were 1-0 winners over third placed PCYC Parramatta Eagles while Central Coast Lightning are in second spot on goal difference following their 1-1 draw with seventh placed Northern Tigers.
Western Panthers are in fourth position after their 3-0 win over last placed Schofields Scorpions and Bonnyrigg White Eagles are fifth thanks to their 1-0 result over eighth placed Dulwich Hill.
Southern NSW are sixth and seven points adrift of fifth place following their 1-0 result over eleventh placed Spirit FC and Sydney Wanderers jumped into ninth place after they accounted for St George with a 3-0 scoreline, a result that has pushed the Saints back to tenth.
Sunday?s Round 5 catch-up match saw eighth placed Dulwich Hill inch closer to a spot in the top five when they drew 1-1 with tenth placed St George and in the Round 11 catch-up action sixth placed Southern NSW narrowed the gap between themselves and fifth place with a 1-1 draw with ninth placed Sydney Wanderers.
The final composition of the top five could well go down to the wire in this competition because the outstanding matches will undoubtedly have a huge impact on the table at the end of the season.
Bonnyrigg White Eagles have a lead on the competition table of three points after they suffered a 1-0 loss to fourth placed Dulwich Hill while Western Panthers are placed second following their 1-0 win over Schofields Scorpions who are sixth and only one point outside the five.
Northern Tigers are third, two points behind the Panthers, after they were held to a scoreless draw by ninth placed Central Coast Lightning and PCYC Parramatta Eagles are fifth following their 1-1 draw with tenth placed Granville Rage.
Spirit FC are seventh and only three points outside the top five after they were surprisingly beaten 2-0 by Southern NSW who are now eleventh while St George are in eighth position following their 1-1 draw with last placed Sydney Wanderers.
In Round 5 catch-up action on Sunday Dulwich Hill held onto fourth place despite their 1-0 loss to eighth placed St George who are now only three points behind fifth while Southern NSW and Sydney Wanderers remained at eleventh and twelfth respectively when their Round 11 catch-up match ended at 1-1.
I won?t be betting on which teams will make it to the finals or on which of the current top five will not be there because there are currently only ten points separating first from eighth with a lot of games still to be played. Tight competitions like this one make for fascinating observation and nail-biting participation.
Bonnyrigg White Eagles are the competition frontrunners by a single point following their 1-0 success over eleventh placed Dulwich Hill and Western Panthers are in second spot after their 1-0 win over Schofields Scorpions who are seventh on goal difference.
PCYC Parramatta Eagles are five points back in third place after they posted a 2-1 result over tenth placed Granville Rage while Northern Tigers are fourth following the 1-0 victory over Central Coast Lightning who are now sixth.
Spirit FC are in fifth position after they played out a 1-1 draw with eighth placed Southern NSW and Sydney Wanderers are ninth, seven points behind Southern, following their 1-1 draw with last placed St George.
Southern then shot up to fifth on Sunday when they won their Round 11 catch-up match with Wanderers 3-1 and St George moved up to tenth when they defeated Dulwich Hill 2-0 in Round 5 catch-up action.
The competition frontrunners have established a commanding lead but it is still fairly close in the chasing pack with only ten points between second and seventh places. Once again, the catch-up matches will have a significant influence on the composition of the finals series.
PCYC Parramatta Eagles have a lead of eleven points over their nearest rivals at the top of the table after they posted a 3-1 result over third placed Granville Rage while Dulwich Hill are second following their 1-1 draw with Bonnyrigg White Eagles who are sixth and just two points outside the top five.
Southern NSW are placed fourth after they produced a 2-0 win over ninth placed Spirit FC and Northern Tigers are only a point further back at fifth after their 2-1 success over tenth placed Central Coast Lightning.
Sydney Wanderers are in seventh spot following their 2-1 victory over eleventh placed St George and Schofields Scorpions are only a point behind the Wanderers at eighth after their 2-0 win over last placed Western Panthers.
Dulwich Hill remained at second when they suffered a shock 2-1 loss to St George who moved up one place to tenth as a result of their Round 5 catch-up match and Southern NSW remained at fourth after they were held to a 1-1 draw by seventh placed Sydney Wanderers.
The current leaders may have skipped away from the chasing pack but that group of seven teams has only ten points separating them so it really is still a case of ?game on? for those with aspirations of playing in the finals series. Everyone will need to be on their toes from now until the final whistle of the season proper.
Central Coast Lightning currently lead the way by a margin of eight points following their 1-0 last minute win over second placed Northern Tigers while Western Panthers are a point behind the Tigers at third after they were 1-0 winners over ninth placed Schofields Scorpions.
Spirit FC are placed fourth after they went down 1-0 to ninth placed Southern NSW and Dulwich Hill are fifth following their 3-0 victory over Bonnyrigg White Eagles who are in tenth position.
PCYC Parramatta Eagles are two points outside the top five at sixth after they came up with a 3-0 result over eleventh placed Granville Rage and Sydney Wanderers are seventh, three points further back, following their scoreless draw with last placed St George.
Dulwich Hill held onto fifth place after they suffered a 2-1 shock loss to last placed Saints in Round 5 catch-up action on Sunday while seventh placed Sydney Wanderers used their 3-2 win over eighth placed Southern NSW to widen the gap between the teams to three points in a Round 11 catch-up match on Sunday.
-By Barry Davis