Arrive Alive Women?s Super League Round 4 Preview

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The two high flyers meet in Bathurst on Sunday in a game that should be a fair assessment of both side?s premiership credentials. Whilst there are some other interesting games on the Round 4 agenda, the Battle of Bathurst will be the one that has everyone talking. The two sides have met once this season already; in the Final of the pre season Mitchell Cup. Inter came away with the trophy on that occasion but not before a tight tussle.
Inter Lions have not only won all three of their games so far in the 2009 season, they?ve won them quite emphatically. After an impressive first up performance against Sydney Tigers the Inter girls smashed both Gladesville Ravens and Blacktown Spartans by seven goals apiece. The Lions have some awesome attacking options with the likes of Natalie Spirovski, Catherine Cannuli, Dani Calvi and Renee Tomkins in sizzling form. It?s hard for any opposition side to close down all these players and certainly none have been able to so far.
Western NSW Panthers FC have a different roster to their Minor Premiership winning side of 2008. That hasn?t stopped them in 2009. After a scoreless draw against Blacktown Spartans in Round 1, The Panthers have battled their way past Southern NSW FC and Northern Tigers in a pair of tight contests. They will need a significant lift in form to match it with The Lions but crafty coach Paul Waine is sure to have a few ideas up his sleeve to bring his side into the game. Gillian Rosconi looks just as dangerous as ever at the head of The Panthers attack so Inter will need to be careful.
I?ve seen both sides in action this season and, whilst I?m a fan of Western NSW Panthers, I can?t see them beating Inter Lions at this stage.
Blacktown Spartans will be keen to redeem themselves after last week?s big loss to Inter Lions but come up against a PCYC Lady Hawks side that?s brimming with confidence after last week?s winning debut.
The Spartans will be hoping for a lot of enthusiastic support at their home ground so all Blacktown supporters need to get to Francis Park in good voice. Blacktown will be looking to the positive result from their Round 1 match with Western NSW Panthers to buoy the spirits going into this one.
PCYC Lady Hawks did a great job last week to snatch a win over Gladesville Ravens. If they can keep their feet on the ground there?s no reason why they can?t repeat the does here. If they get away with this one the girls from Melita Stadium will think they are capable of anything.
This will be a close one but I?m going for the home side by a narrow margin.
Southern NSW FC got their season rolling last week with a solid win over St George FC. Once they got a win under their belts last season the girls from Nowra went on with it; all the way to the penultimate game of the season. Katie French may not be the reigning Golden Boot any more but she certainly had a shiny pair on last week as she found her touch against St George. Look out for her to get on the scoresheet regularly from here on in. No pressure Katie, okay?
The Northern Tigers have had a difficult start to 2009. Though they are yet to win a game The Tigers have put up competitive performances in each of their outings so far. They certainly managed to cause Western NSW Panthers plenty of problems last weekend and were right in the game until the final whistle blew. The youthful squad has bundles of enthusiasm but a lack of experience does show in some game situations. Still, there seems to be plenty of promise for the future in this squad; maybe 2010 and beyond may hold their destiny however.
Southern NSW FC are always tough to beat at Ison Park. I believe that they?ll get the points here.
The Gladesville Ravens play host to Central Coast Lightning at Magdala Park.
The Ravens started the season in a positive manner, scoring a narrow win over Northern Tigers. However, their form has bottomed out since with a string of losses which included a morale sapping hammering at the hands of Inter Lions. The Ravens are a better side than their form would show but things don?t get any easier for them this week against a Central Coast Lightning side that appears to be a finals contender.
The Lightning scored a solid opening round win over Southern NSW FC before a competitive loss to Sydney Tigers in Round 3. The team earnt praise from the opposing coach last week; something that can be pretty rare in the heat of competition. Central Coast are keen to bury the demons of last season with a successful 2009. They appear to have a side capable of achieving that aim.
I think the visitors can win this one.
The two ?new girls on the block?, Sydney Tigers and PCYC Lady Hawks meet in our final game at Lambert Park.
Sydney Tigers have played only two games at this stage but both gave promise of a solid debut season in the Arrive Alive Women?s Super League. After a very fast and physical battle with Inter Lions in the opening game of the season the Tigers girls bounced back last weekend to take their first points of 2009. The Tigers looked very impressive against Central Coast and are a side that will continue to improve as the season progresses. This side are genuine title contenders.
PCYC Lady Hawks took a long time to get on the field but, when they did so, they made sure to make a big impression. The girls christened their home ground at Melita Stadium with a gutsy win. The challenge will now be to keep the momentum going but last week?s win will certainly be a confidence builder. This weekend will be a tough one though.
The Tigers will be there come finals time. Much as I respect PCYC?s effort last week I can?t see them taking the points from Sydney Tigers this weekend. Feel free to prove me wrong though girls!
Another fine weekend of football ahead. If someone would please chase those rain clouds away it would be very helpful. Take your umbrellas to the ground with you, just in case.
-By Ross Anderson