Arrive Alive Women?s Super League Round 3 Preview

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In what appears an evenly balanced 2010 competition, all eyes will be on some of this season?s ?improvers? to see if they can maintain their early momentum.
At David Phillips Field the Eastern UNSW Lions go to war with the Blacktown Spartans. Both teams go into the match undefeated; The Lions coming off successive draws with APIA Leichhardt Tigers and St George FC, whilst Blacktown have two strong wins over PCYC Lady Hawks and Springwood United.
Blacktown is looking like one of the season?s surprise packets. Their early form is putting a smile on the face of their supporters with plenty of goals and some solid defence. They?ll fancy their chances against one of the competition?s newcomers.
Eastern UNSW Lions have put up two very creditable performances in the opening rounds. With a bit of luck they may have won both matches. The team would certainly be growing in confidence from these results.  Don?t underestimate the girls from Sydney?s East!
This promises to be an entertaining affair. Blacktown appears to be on a roll though and I favour them to make it three from three.
At Melita Stadium PCYC Lady Hawks play host to Gladesville Ravens.  The Ravens come into this match after a bye whilst the Lady Hawks corrected a first round loss to Blacktown with a second round win over Northern Tigers.
The Lady Hawks showed some of their true mettle in their last match when they put six goals past a hapless Tigers outfit. Their efforts last season were solid with many fans suggesting the side would challenge for the finals in 2010. If that?s to be fact this game is one they need to win.
Gladesville Ravens are something of an enigma. They have the ability to beat any side on their day. This season?s competition is so wide open that The Ravens must be a finals chance at least if they can find some consistency.  Will a fortnight off affect their form?
Here is another close encounter of the football kind. Both sides are very capable. I?m going for a narrow Ravens win.
Up the Freeway at Pluim Park St George FC will be visiting for a battle with Central Coast Lightning.
Central Coast is considered by most pundits to be one of this season?s main title contenders. Their only match of 2010 saw them come away with a 2-2 draw against fellow title aspirants APIA Leichhardt Tigers. This side are capable of some excellent football. They?ll be keen to open their winning account here.
St George FC has started 2010 in a very positive manner. Despite battling a little for squad numbers they managed a hard fought win over Springwood United before conceding a late equaliser when sharing the points with Eastern UNSW Lions. This week probably sees a step up in class for the St George girls but they may just continue to surprise.
Central Coast Lightning are my early tip for the title. With that in mind I have to tip them to win this weekend.
Springwood United FC return to Summerhayes Park looking for a breakthrough win when they meet Northern Tigers on Sunday. Neither side have tasted success so far in 2010 so this is sure to be a keenly contested affair.
Springwood United had claims to being unlucky when they went down to St George FC in round one. However, there didn?t appear to be much excuse in round two when they were outclassed 6-0 by Blacktown Spartans. This game, however, would appear to present them with a golden opportunity to kick start their season.
The same could also be said for the battling Northern Tigers team. I must admit to a soft spot for this young side but they continue to struggle for results. PCYC lady Hawks showed them no mercy last week in caning The Tigers 6-1.  The girls will really need to lift this weekend if they want their first win of 2010.
With both sides having given up six goals in their latest match both coaches will be looking for a big improvement this Sunday. It really looks like a toss of a coin match to me; being a fence sitting coward I?m going to plump for a draw.
APIA Leichhardt Tigers have the bye this week. I?m sure that Coach Tarek Madani will have his team working towards their round four encounter with St George FC!
It sure looks like a feast of football this weekend.  I?d encourage all women?s football fans to get out to a match this weekend. There are plenty of talented footballers on show in some very intriguing games.
See you at the ground!
-By Ross Anderson