Teams have blown the cobwebs away, with a game under their belts. For the teams that lost it’s a chance for redemption while those in the winner’s circle aim to continue their momentum.
Match of the Round: SD Raiders vs St George FC, Sunday 18th March 2018, Ernie Smith Reserve, 5pm
Coming off losses in the first round, no better time for SD Raiders or St George FC to get in the winner’s column than with the Match of the Round!
Home comforts should bring happier fortunes for SD Raiders. After a tight one-goal loss, heading back to Ernie Smith Reserve might need the tonic they need.
Both sides possess some brilliant attacking intent. For St George FC, it comes in the form of Yadira Renfigo – State League Women’s golden boot opened her account in their 3-1 loss last weekend.
SD Raiders aren’t shy of their ambitions this season, as they have a healthy squad including mainstays from the State League Womens side – Dana Buttigieg and Rhea D’Mello has them aiming for finals and that can start with a positive result this weekend.
Nepean FC vs Marconi Stallions, Sunday 18th March 2018, Cook Park, 7pm
While it wasn’t the best first weekend, another round gifts Marconi the chance to get back on the horse as they travel out west to face Nepean FC.
Nepean FC by contrast had a brilliant start. They scored twice in the opening ten through Stefanie Trovato then youngster Imogen Lane confirmed a three points coach Alan Tasses will welcome with open arms.
The dynamic duo of Stephanie Haaring and Bianca Galayini for Nepean FC can feed speedster Britney Pelle some crucial balls to test a wounded Stallions back four.
For the Stallions – they matched the premiers for 45 minutes but can’t allow the lapses of judgment that cruelled them last weekend.
If they can push forward though, Summar Richardson and Jessica Beale can create headaches than a medium sudoku puzzle for Nepean FC.
Western NSW Mariners FC vs Gladesville Ravens, Sunday 18th March 2018, Majorie Jackson Field, 3pm
A rejuvenated Gladesville Ravens take the long trip to Lithgow, as they take on Western NSW Mariners in their first home game of the new season.
The Mariners would’ve been disappointed in their first showing which Josh Ward admitted talking to local media that they need to win the big moments after being edged 1-nil by UNSW FC.
At home though; the Mariners can expect to play much more of their traditional game, and midfielder Jasmin Courtenay is key to penetrating a Ravens defense that while they finished last, defended well.
It is two teams that are still working through their style, Chloe Loyzaga remains the threat for Gladesville meanwhile the home team look to Larissa Kilby for goals.
Sydney Olympic FC vs UNSW FC, Sunday 18th March 2018, Peter Moore Field, 3pm
Sydney Olympic FC resumed their position at the top of NPL2 Womens with a clinical first week, now they have their first home fixture against UNSW FC on Sunday afternoon.
The reigning premiers flexed their muscles in a second half glut against Marconi, while UNSW showed their mettle in a close victory over Western NSW Mariners.
Olympic FC were ominous in their display against Stallions. Siahn Bozanic was a menace down the wing supplying perfect deliveries for Madelaine Costanzo alongside a powerful free-kick in a bright debut.
If that combination sticks through the season, they could beat their half century of goals from 2017.
Renato Jelen will have his UNSW side well-drilled to defend against a prolific offense. Goalscorer from last week, Amy Altman to borrow a phrase from Ned Zelic has some ‘individual brilliance’ that is needed against Olympic FC.
Central Coast Mariners vs APIA Leichhardt Tigers FC, Sunday March 18th 2018, Pluim Park #3, 3pm
Two first start winners collide when APIA Leichhardt Tigers travel up the highway to take on an impressive Mariners outfit.
APIA Leichhardt Tigers are racking up the kilometres, after their successful trip to Nowra, now they head to National Premiers 2 Womens other coast in an exciting fixture.
Matteo Maiorana was overjoyed with the performance as both APIA new signings, Ashleigh Palombi and Karen Saavedra helped them pump four on Southern Branch. Now, they face another NPL2 Women’s mainstay Central Coast who also swept aside their opponents in the first weekend.
Candice Phelan and Gabrielle Blanch picked up where they left off last season scoring important goals for the Mariners. Dan Barrett will bank on those two finding the net against a formidable APIA side that pounce on errors.
Southern Branch FC vs Inter Lions SC, Sunday March 18th 2018, South Nowra Football Complex, 3pm
The final of the 3pm kick-offs sees Southern Branch try to defend their turf once again, this time against Inter Lions SC on Sunday afternoon.
There was an air of optimism around the South Nowra Football Complex despite the result. Talent like Jordan Douglass and Shayley Meehan added to the established talent of Jackie Milani and Britany Anderson might propel them to finals this season.
Inter Lions remained upbeat despite their opening round loss, Danny Abboud is building confidence in a young team, playing to a specific structure and they will a tough prospect for the other eleven teams across the whole competition.
By Justin Davies