We’ve reached the pointy-end of the Premier League season and there are some great matches on this weekend. However, there is one very significant match: Lindfield versus West Pymble. Number one on the ladder versus number two. The winner of this match, wins the league. Who will be top dog?
Let’s take a look…
West Pymble have had a stellar season. They have only lost two matches from seventeen played so far this season. The only team that has been able to beat West Pymble has been Kissing Point who have taken the glory both at home and away. West Pymble are currently sitting on 41 points and a win or draw will give them the championship. However, they have only played Lindfield once this year, beating them 2:0 on Charles bean Oval. This weekend is the return match.
Lindfield have been the quiet achievers this season. They started slowly, only taking two wins from their first five matches, but the back half of the season has seen them win their last eight matches, growing in confidence and quality.
Lindfield are on 39 points, so they must win this match to win the league. If they draw, they will finish in second place ahead of Kissing Point, but if they lose and Kissing Point win, Lindfield will slip to third on the ladder.
That means there is more pressure on Lindfield than West Pymble, but both teams will be full of the jitters when they hit Norman Griffiths oval on Saturday afternoon.
Who do I think will win? I’m really not sure. If Lindfield keep a level head and play their wide, passing-game I think they’ll walk away with a narrow win. If West Pymble fire down the middle of the park and don’t let the size of the occasion play on their minds, they will win. For once, I am not going to make a prediction, but I will be there to watch.
Who else is playing?
Kissing Point host Berowra at Auluba Oval. Kissing Point have had a good, solid season but have left their run too late. If there were another three rounds in this competition, they would have a very real chance of winning the league. But there isn’t, so they are playing for second or third spot. I think they will beat Berowra and cement third spot, and will move in to second spot if Lindfield go down to West Pymble.
North Sydney host Maccabi Northside. North Sydney have two matches this weekend, the first against Maccabi Northside and the second against Old Barker. Sadly for Maccabi Northside, their season got going in round four but has flat-lined since then only seeing a couple of draws. So, I think North Sydney will take this one.
The second North Sydney match is against Old Barker who have been slowly creeping up the points tally. If Old barker win, and they can win, then Old Barker will leapfrog Willoughby Dalleys and stay in the Premier League. So this is a very important match to them. Therefore, I’m tipping Old Barker for a win.
If North Sydney win both of their matches, they will not change their place on the ladder as they are nine points behind Kissing Point, but if they lose both matches and Rangers win, they will slip another slot down the table.
Maccabi Northside also play Chatswood Rangers this weekend which again will be a tough ask. If Rangers win, they could leapfrog North Sydney and grab a top four finish.
This has been a great season of football, I have really enjoyed following it, watching the rise of some teams and the struggles of others . I am in awe of the effort, fitness and skills of every player and the amount of time and energy that coaches, managers and officials put in to the game each week. I thank you all for making this such a great sport to watch.