Premier Youth League Round 1 Review


Please allow me to take this opportunity to wish everyone the very best of good fortune for the season.
While every competition point is always important, history has shown us that the first round picture does not provide and accurate indicator for the season. We will need to wait for at least four rounds to be played before we see the competition tables begin to make some sort of sense.
The preseason matches are a thing of the past and the form they produced means little now that everyone is playing for points. There is always a certain amount of genuine excitement about the opening day to the season as the players, teams, coaches, administrators and supporters all look forward to the best possible results over the next six months.
For some, those dreams will be fulfilled and others will be disappointed in varying degrees. The overriding concern for everyone concerned must always be that the players are performing to the very best of their considerable abilities and no-one can ask for more than that, no matter what the outcome of the matches.
I am looking forward to yet another season of top class play and I sincerely hope that you all enjoy Season 2010.
Sydney United faired best on the opening day of the season when they took all fifteen points from their clash with competition new boys Rockdale City Suns.
South Coast Wolves gained ten points from their visit to Bonnyrigg White Eagles, Manly United bagged ten points at Bankstown City and Sutherland Sharks also showed a profit of ten points from their trip to Sydney Olympic. Olympic then added nine points to their tally from their encounter with Project 22 in matches played on Sunday.
Marconi Stallions may have been a tad disappointed with their haul of nine points from their home matches against West Sydney Berries while Blacktown City were forced to share the points at seven apiece with A.P.I.A. Leichhardt Tigers.
Grade 13
Sydney United grabbed the first round lead on the table when they demolished Rockdale City Suns with a 6-0 scoreline while Marconi Stallions are in hot pursuit following their 5-0 result over West Sydney Berries.
Manly United are not far behind after they posted a 6-2 when they faced Bankstown City while South Coast Wolves registered a 3-1 success form their match against Bonnyrigg White Eagles and Sutherland Sharks were 3-1 winners over Sydney Olympic who then defeated Project 22 by 4-0 on Sunday.
Blacktown City recorded a 2-0 win over A.P.I.A. Leichhardt Tigers to give the Demons a positive start to the campaign.
Grade 14
Sydney United recorded the biggest score in this age group when they were 4-0 victors over Rockdale City Suns while Sydney Olympic downed Sutherland Sharks 3-0 and then they were 3-1 winners over Project 22.
West Sydney Berries would have been pleased with their 1-0 win over Marconi Stallions while A.P.I.A. Leichhardt Tigers would have been thrilled with their 1-0 result over Blacktown City.
The clash between Bonnyrigg White Eagles and South Coast Wolves ended at 1-1 as did the meeting between Bankstown City and Manly United.
Grade 15
Manly United had a bright start to the season with a 3-0 success over Bankstown City while Marconi Stallions were 2-0 winners West Sydney Berries and Sutherland Sharks posted the same scoreline when they faced Sydney Olympic who went on the defeat Project 22 5-1 on Sunday.
Sydney United triumphed with a 2-1 win when they faced Rockdale City Suns.
South Coast Wolves registered a 1-0 victory over Bonnyrigg White Eagles and A.P.I.A. Leichhardt Tigers downed Blacktown City by exactly the same scoreline.
Grade 16
Manly United have served notice to their rivals with an emphatic 6-0 win over Bankstown City while Sydney United posted a handy 4-0 result when they met Rockdale City Suns.
Blacktown City were 2-1 winners in their home game against A.P.I.A. Leichhardt Tigers and South Coast Wolves enjoyed a 2-0 success over Bonnyrigg White Eagles while Marconi Stallions found the only goal of the game to be enough to overcome West Sydney Berries.
The only drawn match in this age group was between Sydney Olympic and Sutherland Sharks when the scoreboard read 1-1 at the final whistle.
Grade 18
Bankstown City must have been delighted with their 5-1 result from the clash with Manly United while Bonnyrigg White Eagles would have been equally pleased with their 3-1 victory over South Coast Wolves.
West Sydney Berries came up with a 2-1 win over Marconi Stallions and that scoreline was repeated when Sydney United downed Rockdale City Suns.
Sydney Olympic suffered a 1-0 loss to Sutherland Sharks and the encounter between Blacktown City and A.P.I.A. Leichhardt Tigers ended as a 1-1 draw.
-By Barry Davis