Tuesday, 30 June 2015

PREVIEW: Mid-Week Catch-Up Games

Under 22's: Hamilton Olympic (4th) v Charlestown City (9th)
Kickoff: Tuesday 30/6 7:45pm

This is the third time I'll be previewing this game so apoligies if the write-up feels forced or rushed as I'm not the biggest fan of covering catch-up games that continuously get washed out. Anyway This should be easy enough for the fourth-placed Hamilton Olympic. Their form is fairly consistent whilst Charlestown haven't hit great heights this season.

My Tip: Hamilton 3-0 Charlestown

Under 19's: Hamilton Olympic (3rd) v Charlestown City (7th)
Kickoff: Tuesday 30/6 6:00pm

This is a crunch game for both these sides in the 19's tonight. Hamilton can go within a point of top of the table Weston if they win whilst a loss for Charlestown would do a fair bit of harm to their already slim finals chances. The Blues got a win over Lambton on the weekend but beating Hamilton will be a tough ask.

My Tip: Hamilton 3-1 Charlestown


1st Grade: Toronto-Awaba (11th) v Lake Macquarie City (3rd)
Kickoff: Wednesday 1/7 7:45pm
Last Time They Met: Lake Macquarie City 6-1 Toronto-Awaba

I may make my way out to this game tomorrow night as it's a fairly important clash that affects both ends of the New-FM 1st Division table. Toronto-Awaba were starting to pick up a decent result here or there but were crushed 8-2 by Valentine on the weekend just gone so their confidence will be low going into this clash with a desperate Lake Macquarie City side.

The Roosters kept their run towards promotion in tact with a 4-1 victory at Cessnock on Sunday and if they want to play NPL football next season, they can't afford to lose this and if they play to their potential, they won't lose this. It's not a game they can take easily though.

Last time these sides met, Lakes were 6-1 victors and a scoreline like that wouldn't surprise me if the promotion-chasing Roosters can play as well as they have in some of their big wins this season. Wallsend dropped two vital points on the weekend and the ball is in Lakes' court when it comes to promotion. 

If Lakes win their two remaining catch-up games against Toronto tomorrow and Wallsend next Wednesday they'll be on top of the table. I'm tipping them to win on Wednesday night.

My Tip: Toronto-Awaba 2-5 Lake Macquarie City

Under 23's: Toronto-Awaba (10th) v Lake Macquarie City (2nd)
Kickoff: Wednesday 1/7 6:00pm
Last Time They Met: Lake Macquarie City 5-1 Toronto-Awaba

Toronto-Awaba's 23's will be up against it when Lakes come to Lyall Peacock Field tomorrow night. The Stags went down 6-0 to Valentine on the weekend and considering they lost 5-1 when these sides met on the opening day of the season, they'll no doubt be in for a challenge in this one.

With the form top of the table Valentine F.C are in, the Roosters need to win this one to stay alive in the minor premiership race. Of course it'll still be possible for Lakes to win the title even with a loss tomorrow night but it'll be a much harder challenge considering Valentine have only dropped three points this season. Lakes for the win here.

My Tip: Toronto-Awaba 1-4 Lake Macquarie City


1st Grade: University F.C (3rd) v Beresfield United (1st)
Kickoff: Tuesday 30/6 7:30pm

*Venue is actually University No.2 Oval (not Ray Watt Oval!)

This is an interesting match-up as both sides will collide again this weekend at Beresfield. Tonight they play at Ray Watt Oval and with the Uni coming off an 8-1 victory over Barnsley, they'll be confident of their chances against the unbeaten league-leaders.

Beresfield got the job done with a 5-2 victory at Swansea on the weekend so they too go into this clash with belief. Something's going to have to give tonight and it may just be the Eagles' unbeaten streak. The Uni would love nothing more than to do the double over Beresfield in the space of five days. I'm tipping a draw tonight as I really can't split them.

My Tip: University F.C 2-2 Beresfield United


1st Grade: Garden Suburb (9th) v Dudley-Redhead (8th)
Kickoff: Wednesday 1/7 8:10pm

Just like the other ZPL catch-up game, these sides will meet again on the weekend so it's a crucial six-pointer of sorts for both clubs. First up is the game at Garden Suburb and the Kingfishers will be full of confidence after downing Mayfield United last weekend in the upset of the round. Dudley are out of sorts and went down to Cardiff on the weekend. 

If Garden Suburb are to make a late end of season run and attempt to make the finals, it must start tomorrow night. After the big win on the weekend, I'm going to tip the Kingfishers to record a second-straight victory tomorrow night. It'll be close though.

My Tip: Garden Suburb 2-1 Dudley-Redhead


1st Grade: Westlakes Wildcats (10th) v Kotara South (6th)
Kickoff: Tuesday 30/6 8:00pm

The Westlakes Wildcats will be full of confidence after their stunning victory over Cooks Hill United on the weekend but they'll need to play in a similar style to Saturday's upset if they're to knock off the hungry Tigers from Kotara South. The team in black and orange could jump to temporary second with a win tonight so it's important for them to get a result.

Westlakes on the other hand can jump off of the bottom of the table with just a point but they too will be seeking a win, looking to make it two-straight and begin to turn their season around. Kotara South are a decent side and if they play to their best standard I think they'll leave Rathmines with the three points tonight.

These teams will meet on the weekend as well so it's an important few days for both sides.

My Tip: Westlakes 1-3 Kotara South


1st Grade: Morisset United (2nd) v Cooks Hill United (1st)
Kickoff: Wednesday 1/7 8:00pm

The long-awaited clash between top of the table ZL1 sides Morisset and Cooks Hill will take centre stage at Bernie Goodwin Oval tomorrow night. I've got absolutely no idea who to go with here. I am of course a Cooks Hill player and supporter but don't know or have too much to do with the ZL1 guys. I've heard they're a quality outfit though.

The shock loss to Westlakes will have Cooks Hill knowing only their best will get them over the line in this one. Morisset will be annoyed that they failed to get all three points from Charlestown on the weekend and at home in front of their fans I think the Strikers will make amends.

My Tip: Morisset 2-1 Cooks Hill


1st Grade: Tenambit (10th) v Kurri Kurri (9th)
Kickoff: Tuesday 30/6 8:00pm

It's two bottom of the table clashes in the space of a week for these sides and could very well determine who takes home the dreaded wooden spoon when the dust clears at the end of the season. It's not very often you get a chance to play the same side in the space of a week and for Tenambit, there's no better time to take on Kurri than after their maiden win of 2015 on the weekend.

Kurri's game was postponed on the weekend so they have the extra-game advantage and the extra few days rest over their opponents but their form says they're struggling at the moment. Tenambit tested Muswellbrook and beat Maryland-Fletcher on the weekend. This is a hugely important game for the Sharks and they're my tip to win it.

My Tip: Tenambit 2-1 Kurri Kurri


1st Grade: Medowie (5th) v University F.C (3rd)
Kickoff: Wednesday 1/7 7:00pm

Medowie were put to the sword by their local rivals and ladder-leaders Raymond Terrace on the weekend and they'll need a much-improved effort tomorrow night if they want to overcome a very strong University side. The ZL2 Uni side are sitting third and will be fresh after the weekend off. 

That combined with their form is forcing me to favour the visitors in this one. Medowie will give it their best shot but I think the Uni will be a tad too strong. I could very well be wrong though.

*Note: You may notice my jersey graphics are now appearing for the Zone catch-up games. It's taken a while to find jerseys for each team and I must apoligise for the horrific jersey design I came up with on Microsoft Paint. I'm not an artist and won't ever be with efforts like that. If it's too small in the graphic below, then here's a close-up...it's a shocker! Get an easier jersey to draw!

Zone League Jerseys:

I'm adding jersey graphics for the Zone Football League and am adding extra teams around the clock as I find the time. Here's what I have so far, message me on Facebook if any are wrong or if you have the colours of a team I haven't got.

Raymond Terrace (ZL2)              Swansea (ZPL)

Tenambit (ZL2)               Westlakes (ZL1)

Hunter Simba (ZL2)               Kahibah (ZL3)


 Kotara South (ZL1)           Kurri Kurri (ZL2)

Mayfield Utd (ZL3)              Mayfield Utd (ZPL)


Medowie (ZL2)                  Merewether Adv (ZL2)


Morisset (ZL1)                 Muswellbrook (ZL2)


New Lambton (ZL3)          New Lambton (ZPL)


Newcastle Suns (ZL1)        RAAF Williamtown (ZL2)


University (ZPL)                 Wallsend (ZL3)


Beresfield Utd (ZPL)             Cooks Hill Utd (ZL1)


Dudley-Redhead (ZL3)          Dudley-Redhead (ZPL)


Garden Suburb (ZPL)        Hamilton Olympic (ZL2)


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