ZPL Review (Round 1)
Let me start by saying that this site is the only one with full predictions/reviews for the Interdistrict/Zone competitions. I wasn't going to do any real reviews or what not but I'll at least put up a little word on each game.
Round 1 kicked off with a high-scoring day of goals on Saturday, 26 in four games to be exact. Swansea swept aside Barnsley. The home side's win was never in doubt in a match that was completely one-sided. Unless they had a few outs, it could be a long year for the Barnsley side.
Over at Connolly Park, the Newcastle Suns fielded a depleted side and were outdone 6-2 by Beresfield United. I can't say too much as I've heard the Suns were down a few troops but a big win for Beresfield nonetheless.
Garden Suburb played their local rivals in what was a big game for the Kingfishers and they came out with a 2-2 draw. From all reports, the referee was what could be described as 'card-happy'.
Mayfield United were predicted to lead the way in the ZPL this season and they got their season off to the perfect start with a 7-2 victory over the University. The Tigers made the Grand Final last year and despite it only being Round 1, they look like the favourites to be there again this season.
In Sunday's game, Dudley-Redhead got their season off to a dream start with a convincing 3-0 win over New Lambton. The Eagles were Premiers last year but were outdone by Dudley on Sunday.
ZL1 Review (Round 1)
In Zone League One, the Westlakes Wildcats were soundly beaten by a Jesmond side that upset Mayfield United in the FFA Cup and are still alive in the state-wide qualifying tournament for Australia's national knockout cup. They got their league campaign off to a dream start with a big win at Rathmines.
Kotara South were expected to get past Charlestown City and did just that with a 3-1 win at Nesbitt Park to open their 2015 campaign. The Tigers recorded wins across all three grades on Saturday.
Cooks Hill also impressed with a 4-1 win over Nelson Bay at the Athfield. United too proved their depth with wins in all three grades. The boys from the bay will need improvement if they're to do well this season.
The Stockton Sharks showed they're a team to beat in 2015 with a big win away from home against Beresfield. The Sharks have apparently recruited a few guns and could make an impact in the competition this season.
On Sunday, Morisset United got over the line against the visiting Warners Bay in an all-Macquarie battle at Auston Oval.
ZL2 Review (Round 1)
Zone League Two kicked off with the University's 4-1 win over the Tenambit Sharks (since when were their sharks in Tenambit?). From what I've heard, Tenambit were fairly lucky the scoreline didn't blow out even more. Injuries played a part too I've heard.
Kurri Kurri and Hunter Simba both made the step up to Zone League Two and produced a tight 2-2 draw. From the looks of things both these sides seem like they belong in this division and can probably beat a few of the sides that are already now below them on the table.
Merewether Advance were smashed 7-0 by Hamilton Olympic on Saturday. Not being there myself I can't say whether Hamilton were that good or if Merewether were that bad. The home side probably were ordinary on the day by any team from the Hamilton Olympic club will be hard to beat.
Another smashing was given out on Saturday, this time to the newly-renamed Maryland-Fletcher club. The former Plattsy boys were outclassed by Raymond Terrace at King Park.
The final game of the round saw Muswellbrook run out 4-0 winners over Medowie. A hat-trick to one of Muswellbrook's attackers led the Eagles to a comfortable win over the visitors.
ZL3 Review (Round 1)
In Zone League Three, New Lambton FC got over the line against Mayfield United whilst Edgeworth could only manage a 1-1 draw against the Abermain Rams.
Jesmond F.C weren't good enough for Dudley-Redhead and finally on Sunday, the Wallsend Red Devils recorded a 3-2 win against Kahibah. The RAAF team had the weekend off with a BYE.
*Keep an eye out for my tips later on this week, which will be posted under the "Zone League" tab. Next week should be a good round, featuring what could be the match of the round between high-scoring sides in week 1, Beresfield and Swansea.