Things heating up in 2009 Centenary Cup


Of the teams in contention only one, Southern Districts, are guaranteed their position in the Quarter Finals with ten points from three wins and a draw, after their draw today against Central Coast and a win over Eastern Suburbs. 

Central Coast (8), Illawarra (6) and Manly-Warringah (5) remain in the hunt for the coveted 2nd spot in Group C.
Group B is very tight indeed with Ku-ring-gai and St George locked together on 9 points after St George ended Ku-ring-gai?s unbeaten run in Round 3.  Macarthur, Blacktown and Gladesville-Hornsby are locked on 6 points each and with one round to be played all look the goods and anything can happen in that final, decisive round.
Things are not any easier to work out in Group A with Canterbury joining Sutherland and Granville on 9 points each on top of the group after Canterbury ended Sutherland?s undefeated run of games at this tournament and Granville defeated Nepean who are also still in with a chance on 6 points.
Day three will be a tense and exciting affair for all teams with all the finishing positions to be decided by lunch and the quarter finals of the Cup and the Plate competitions involving 16 of the 18 teams to be played during the afternoon with the semis and finals of both competitions to be played on Friday.
Apart from the outstanding football displayed by all teams today and the wonderful refereeing, the players and their supporters were treated to a visit from Sydney FC stars, Alex Brosque and Matthew Jurman who signed everything in front of them all day and posed for many photographs.  Both players reminisced about their days in the Centenary Cup, Alex with Southern Districts and Matthew the local boy from Illawarra.
Wonderful weather, great facilities (courtesy of the Balgownie Junior Soccer Club) and the prospect of more terrific football should ensure all roads will lead south this week.
Updated results and the full draw can be accessed in the Competitions > Tournament sections of this website.
Larry Grant
Competitions Secretary