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Fans set for bumper weekend
Football West News
It’s the first real big weekend of the season across Football West’s competitions with Round Four of the NPL WA, the State League teams entering the FFA Cup and the start of the Women’s and Belt Up Amateur campaigns.
Here’s a bite-size look at some of what is taking place …
Football West will be livestreaming two matches on Saturday – ECU Joondalup v second place Perth Glory and Bayswater City v Sorrento.
There is a feeling that Bayswater have yet to find their feet after bringing in a number of new faces. But after going down to Balcatta last week they must be awake to the threat of the Gulls, especially if Reece Vittiglia and Cameron Teece can link up as they did against ECU a fortnight ago.
Glory have looked the part in the early weeks of the season, including putting five past previous leaders Armadale last week.
That result meant Perth SC took over top spot with their 4-0 win over bottom of the table Rockingham. In Round Four they face an Inglewood side who inflicted a first league loss on Floreat in 12 matches. This could be a cracker at Perth Plasterboard Centre Stadium.
Rockingham will finally enjoy home advantage in their first season in the NPL. Hopefully their shaky start – three matches, three losses, no goals scored and 11 conceded – does not deter the locals from turning out in their numbers to mark the occasion when they host Stirling Lions.
Albany club Polonia will be sizing an upset when they welcome State League Division One heavyweights Gwelup Croatia, who went all the way to the national Round of 32 last year.
On the journey south the Gwelup players could easily pass their counterparts from Albany Caledonia, who are heading to Perth for a tie at Morley-Windmills.
Olympic Kingsway have settled in nicely in Division One and they will have their eyes on a cup run. They head up Wanneroo Road to meet Quinns FC, while Swan United have a trip to Bunbury Dynamos.
BELT UP AMATEUR PREMIER DIVISION
No doubt where match of the round is in the first week of the Belt Up Amateur Premier – it’s just a shame we have to wait until Wednesday night to see it.
North Perth United’s involvement in the FFA Cup means the first match of their title defence away at Kingsley has been delayed for a few days.
All of the other matches are on Sunday at 3pm, with Night Series winners Leeming Strikers to be tested at Jaguar FC while the team they beat in the final, Quinns, go up against Belmont Villa.
Joondalup United at home to Wembley Downs is another game to catch the eye.
WOMEN’S PREMIER DIVISION
Champions Queens Park are again the team to beat, as they showed when downing Northern Redbacks to win the Night Series last month. They were on fire and it will be difficult to surpass the first two goals they scored that night, from Lexie Moreno and Emily Henderson.
Moreno is coming off a fantastic season in the W-League and she will go up against a team-mate from Perth Glory’s Grand Final team on Sunday in Leticia McKenna, who plays for the Hyundai Football West NTC.
Redbacks have a difficult start away at Balcatta, while Stirling Panthers are at home to Fremantle City in the other game.