#1. Wallsend stun (but still couldn’t beat) the Cookers
It was arguably the most surprising result of the weekend in the Premier Competitions, as the last-placed Wallsend were able to snag a draw against the NEWFM Northern League One league-leaders, Cooks Hill, who hadn’t dropped a point prior.
What else is a big positive for the Red Devils is that they never actually trailed in the match as the Cookers needed to find two equalisers as the match went on, but as they often do, they managed to avoid defeat.
Although Cooks Hill still sit five points clear at the top of the table, for Wallsend, that result may just be the boost they have needed to reignite their form proving that when they play their best, they can mix it with the top sides.
#2. Merewether fall again to flying New Lambton
At the beginning of the year, many were picking Merewether to once again be near the top of the table challenging for the premiership and in the Grand Final, but so far this year, the Llamas have been experiencing quite a bit of inconsistent form.
They went down to the league-leaders New Lambton 5-0 on the weekend – their second loss to them this season – and currently sit outside the top four.
To be fair, the side has encountered some problems with players being unavailable due to injuries and other responsibilities but considering the high standards many have come to expect from them, they would surely be disappointed so far.
You’d be a fool to write them off this season though given the incredible squad they have and the glimpses they’ve shown this year of the great football they are capable of.
#3. Red-hot Magic continue to score
After going down in a big way to Edgeworth in Round 1 of the NPL NNSW season, Broadmeadow have since been undefeated and in recent weeks, have been in fantastic goal-scoring form.
They’ve scored 14 goals in their last two matches which included five in their win over Weston last week. James Virgili managed to score five in two games and Kale Bradbery, John Majurovski and Kristian Brymora have all gotten on the scoresheet too. Luke Virgili was able to score one last week in his 200th match for the club.
It’s a scary thought for opposition sides to see that Magic may now be hitting their straps in attack after a bit of a slow start to the year and will certainly need to be a focus of Lake Macquarie as they come against them this week especially as they currently have the most goals conceded in the competition.
#4. Jets end Lambton’s run
Heading into this weekend, Lambton were the only undefeated team in the competition but unfortunately for the Jaffas, they met a spirited and firing Jets Youth team.
Maki Petratos did the damage for his team scoring two absolute beauties to help his team the victory and is certainly stamping himself a future star.
That victory just proves that when the side is complete with no missing names, they can easily take it to any of the teams in the competition and if coach Labinot Haliti can continue to get the best out of them, they may begin to cause some havoc at the top of the table.
#5. Gunners begin to fire once again
As the season began, many touted South Cardiff as one of the teams who could challenge Cooks Hill for top spot but after a few early results going against, questions marked were raised. It seems Denis Fajkovic and his men weren’t troubled at all though as they’ve quickly found their form again including a huge 6-0 win over Cessnock on their Old Boys Day on the weekend.
Sam Ford was a key contributor scoring a hat-trick and winning their Man of the Match award and considering it seems Dino Fajkovic is still yet to completely find his feet at his new club, when he does, the Gunners are going to be very hard to stop for opposition defences.
They currently sit in 4th place on the ladder with the third best attack, and third best defence, and their match this week against Cooks Hill will be a great indicator to see what they’re truly capable of.