Monday, 27 July 2015

REVIEW: Zone Football League Round 15

Zone Premier League Round 15 Review:

The recent purple patch that Swansea found themselves in came to an end on their home turf this week as they went down to the Newcastle Suns. It was a crucial win for the Suns as it moves them to within two points of the top four with only three games remaining.

At Ray Watt Oval, the University scored a big 3-1 win over Dudley-Redhead, a 3-1 win this tipper predicted correctly. The timing of this win couldn't be better for the Uni as they look to cement a spot in the finals over the coming weeks.

I tipped Beresfield to put five past Garden Suburb and that they did as they blasted their way to another impressive win at Pasadena Crescent. The race for the minor premiership was over weeks ago and the Eagles are by far the deserving side to lift the trophy in three weeks time.

Off topic slightly, I heard one or two rumours that Beresfield United may be coming up to the New-FM 1st Division. Considering not many rate their ground very well I don't know what to make of it but let me say I'd be welcome to any zone team stepping it up and joining New-FM. The current system with the BYE and 11 teams isn't the best format. I'd love to see another team and another extra two games.

Make no doubt though, a lot of work would need to be done behind the scenes to bring Beresfield up. I'll be writing an opinion piece on promotion/relegation later tonight maybe so keep an eye out.

The remaining fixtures at Mayfield Park and Barnsley's Taylor Memorial Park were washed out. I know I can't blame the clubs as they have hard working people but honestly, something needs to be done about all the washouts this season. I'm not sure what could be done as it'd obviously require time and money to fix. Hopefully summer can repair some of the water-damaged grounds.


Zone League One Round 15 Review:

Morisset United's recent lack of form continued as they were held to a 1-1 draw by a very grateful Stockton Sharks. The Sharks backed up an impressive win over Kotara last week with a draw against the ladder-leaders and the runaway promotion-favourites.

*Off-Topic Again: I also heard a whisper that Morisset United are a chance of being promoted to the New-FM 1st Division. Now a side coming from fourth-tier to second-tier whilst skipping the third would be an example of total disregard for the rulebook. I've heard Northern want more Macquarie Football teams but this one I think you can write off as fantasy-fiction.

The crucial bottom of the table clash saw Nelson Bay travel down to Rathmines but saw the Westlakes Wildcats apparently stay at home. I'm not being serious obviously but the Wildcats know they didn't perform well enough on the weekend. The situation was critical and the Wildcats went down in fairly convincing fashion as Nelson Bay ran out 5-0 winners. Westlakes will be in Zone League Two next season, barring a miracle.

Jesmond F.C have had their finals hopes dashed by Kotara South as the Tigers scored a 3-0 victory on the road at Heaton Park. The result lifts Kotara South back into the top four and surely spells the end of a topsy-turvy season for the Rams. I for one will never forget that FFA Cup game. It's a shame that the cup form didn't carry over to the league. Kotara South's rollercoaster season is now back on an incline though.

Charlestown's finals hopes were dented severly as they were beaten by a resurgent Beresfield F.C. The boys in black and purple recorded another quality result and have really turned their season around in recent weeks. Sure it's too late to make finals but a result is a result nonetheless.

Last but not least, Warners Bay drew 1-1 with Cooks Hill United. These sides may very well meet in the finals and this weekend proved that there's not much between them. Morisset will be delighted with the 1-1 draw as it gives them some breathing space at the top.


Zone League Two Round 15 Review:

Tenambit Sharks put on a decent showing but were unable to get past a steely Hamilton Olympic side. Still, it's an improvement on the Sharks result against Olympic earlier in the season.

Kurri Kurri were no match for a Raymond Terrace side that need just one point from three games to seal the minor premiership and a possible promotion to Zone League One. The Rangers are the best team in this competition and brushed Kurri aside with ease.

No result yet for Simba v Medowie, if it was even on?

Muswellbrook v Merewether Advanced was washed out whilst in the final match, University saw off Maryland-Fletcher 2-1 at Kurraka Oval, effectively ending the Bulldogs' slim finals hopes.


Zone League Three Round 15 Review:

It was another quality result for New Lambton FC as they overcame in-form RAAF Williamtown 3-0 at Alder Park. The Eagles are flying high in their debut ZL3 season and could still lift the minor premiership in a few week's time.

Mayfield United's recent form came to a crashing halt at Dudley as they went down to the 2nd-placed side 4-0 at Liles Oval.

Wallsend kept their place at the top of the table with a 2-0 away win over Abermain. It's a crucial win for the Red Devils as they look to continue their hunt for the minor premiership.

Lastly, Jesmond were blown off the park in a humiliating 9-1 loss to Kahibah F.C. I've heard a rumour or two though that Jesmond's first graders played reserves and sent Kahibah crashing out of finals contention. I can't confirm that but if's it true than it's fairly disappointing from the Rams.


  1. Awesome work on the website. Just to let you know the league 3 table is a little out with the top 3, should be
    Pl W D L F A F/A Pts
    Wallsend 15 10 2 1 53 21 32 32
    NL 14 9 2 1 45 9 36 29
    Dudley 14 9 1 3 40 21 19 28

    1. Hey mate, thanks for that. Will be fixed when I do my round previews later today.