#1. Rain, rain, go away
Unfortunately, only six matches were able to be played over the weekend due to the rain and it now means there’s going to be a bucketload of matches to try and catch up on.
With designated ‘catch-up weekends’ scheduled for this season, some of the games will most likely be played in the first of those in May, however, look out for some mid-week matches that may take place in the coming weeks.
Here’s hoping the wet weather can only occur in moderation during the week so we get back to playing full rounds and teams aren’t needing to play too many games in a short period of time.
#2. Tara shows her class
Only two Herald Women’s Premier League matches occurred over the weekend but one of them saw New Lambton continue to assert their dominance following a 7-0 win victory and incredibly, Newcastle Jets striker Tara Andrews smashed in six of them.
That takes her tally to eight goals in two games, and that number only looks like it’ll continue to grow as the season goes on. Her Jets teammate and Warners Bay striker Jenna Kingsley may have some competition this season for the Golden Boot award but more importantly than that, competition for the 2019 premiership if Andrews continue leading from the front.
#3. Charlestown break the drought
It had been seven years since Charlestown had beaten Edgeworth in the NPL NNSW and on Friday night, the Blues were able to tough out a 2-1 win despite going down early and it’s a victory that has ultimately created a bit of history for the club.
Since merging in 2009/10 from Charlestown United and Azzurri FC, the club has also never won at Jack McLaughlan Oval, in fact, the last time they did was back in August of 2002 when they were Highfields Azzurri.
The club was missing captain and midfielder Matt Tull, but stand-in skipper, Scott Smith, lead from the front scoring both goals and considering their poor performance in the first round against the Jets Youth, it’s a monumental result for the Charlestown.
#4. The Buds bounce back
Last week Adamstown lost their Herald WPL match in dire fashion after crumbling 9-1 to Warners Bay’s class, but to their credit, they didn’t stay down for long after putting up a hard-fought contest with title challengers South Wallsend.
The Buds took the Wolfies right until the end on the weekend going down 4-2, but thanks to a double of goals from Annika D’Arrico and terrific goalkeeping from Olivia Sneddon, did themselves proud against one of the top teams.
Coach Paul DeVitis will be hoping that his side can gather up that momentum and keep it rising to potentially pick up some points against the teams around them to fight their way into a finals spot.
#5. Who can stop the Cookers?
It might only be Round 2, but it’s a question that deserves to be asked. New Lambton fell valiantly going down 3-1 after leading early, and after defeating the Redbacks 4-0 in the opening round, the Cookers’ attack just seems powerless to stop.
Again, this weekend saw three individual goal-scorers on the scoresheet proving that the side can score goals from all over the park. Lee Ashton and Ash Balcomb have both picked up two goals already, and in scarier news for opposition teams, Nick Russell is still yet to really make his mark.
South Cardiff and Belmont-Swansea will both be considered the front-runners to have any chance of knocking off the defending premiers, but every other team will be circling their calendar for when they face off with them – it sure won’t be easy though.