Preview MPL/WPL

Dance of the desperate

Universities and Western go head to head in round 19 of the Mainland Premier League, chasing the win to avoid the dreaded wooden spoon and the resulting relegation. The dance of the desperate takes place at Ilam Fields while leaders Cashmere Technical take on neighbours Coastal Spirit at Garrick Memorial Park. FC Twenty11 will be hosting Nomads at Avonhead Park, with all three games kicking off at 2:45pm on Saturday. On Sunday, Nelson Sburbs entertain Ferrymead Bays at Saxton Fields at 1pm.

Universities – Western

With Universities currently sitting two points behind Western at the foot of the table, it is a must win game for the students, while a Western win or a draw likely see them avoid the drop, going into the final two rounds. Western narrowly won the first encounter between the two cellar-dwellers with the next game drawn.

Form guide: Universities D L D L L L L                          Western D L D L L L

Head to Head: Played 13 – Universities 4 wins, Draws 3, Western 6 wins

Previous Results This Season: Universities 0 Western 1           Universities 2 Western 2

Cashmere Technical – Coastal Spirit

Another tight tussle is expected between Technical and Coastal with the games also doubling as a Hurley Shield clash. Coastal’s form has dipped in recent weeks and are now locked in a battle with Suburbs for third place. Coastal have already beaten their rivals away from home this season, with Technical looking to maintain their thirteen-game unbeaten MPL run in their chase to another title. Both sides will play each other again on Tuesday evening in the semi-final of the Stadium Cars English Cup at English Park.

Form guide: Cashmere Technical D W W W W W              Coastal Spirit W W L L L W L

Head to Head: Played 17 – Technical 14 wins, Draws 2, Coastal 1 win 

Previous Results This Season: Technical 1 Coastal 2           Coastal 0 Technical 1

Cashmere Technical will be looking to retain the gap with Ferrymead Bays this weekend, after they qualified for the Chatham Cup semi-finals last week.

FC TWENTY11 – Nomads United

In another derby game FC and Nomads will be chasing the win in the battle for fifth and sixth place. The two battled out a scoreless draw when they first met back in April, with FC winning the next encounter.

Form guide: FC Twenty11 L W L W D L      Nomads L L L L W L W 

Head to Head: Played 5 – FC 2 wins, Draws 2, Nomads 1 win

Previous Results This Season: FC 0 Nomads 0           Nomads 1 FC 3

Nomads United and FC are fighting for the 5th spot on Saturday.

Nelson Suburbs – Ferrymead Bays

Third placed Suburbs, face second placed Bays for just the second time this season, with the two set to clash again the following Sunday in their catch-up game. Bays will be hoping Coastal can do them a favour and take points of Technical, so the gap with the league leaders will close-up if Ferrymead can grab all the points. Suburbs hold the edge on the head to head stats and won the first encounter 2 – 0, but will be without the suspended Kristian Gibson.

Form guide: Nelson Suburbs W D W W W L D           Ferrymead Bays D D W W W W W

Head to Head: Played 42 – Suburbs 17 wins, Draws 12, Ferrymead 13 wins

Previous Result This Season: Suburbs 2 Bays 0

Women’s Premier

Coastal out to clinch title

Coastal Spirit will be out to wrap up their seventh Mainland Women’s Premier League (WPL) title when they travel out to Kendall Park to face Waimak, at 12:30pm on Saturday. Cashmere Technical entertains Universities at Garrick Memorial Park at the same time. On Sunday, FC Twenty11 travels north to take on Tasman United at Saxton Fields, kicking off at 11am.

Waimak United – Coastal Spirit

Waimak looks to be up against it when they face Coastal, although Coastal having won all nine previous WPL encounters. Waimak are still missing their Under 16 Internationals Macey Fraser and Gabby Rennie, who are at the Oceania Qualifier’s and with Coastal still smarting from being knocked out of the National Knockout Cup last weekend, they will be looking to wrap up the title in style.

Form guide: Waimak L D L W D L                                          Coastal Spirit W W W W W W

Head to Head: Played 9 – Coastal 9 wins

Previous Results This Season: Waimak 4 Coastal 6      Coastal 6 Waimak 0

Macey Fraser, here pictured during the game for NZ U-16 on Saturday, and Gabby Rennie will still be missing for Waimak coming weekend, as they are away in Samoa.

Cashmere Technical – Universities

Second placed Technical, know that only a major catastrophe by Coastal would see them retain their WPL title. Technical will be expected to make it three wins over Universities this season, in what is the students final game of the season.

Form guide: Cashmere Technical L W D W W L               Universities D L D L W L   

Head to Head: Played 17 – Technical 15 wins, 2 Draws, Universities 1 win

Previous Results This Season: Technical 3 Universities 1               Universities 0 Technical 2

Cashmere Technical will be trying to keep the pressure on Coastal, by getting the 3 points off Universities and hoping for a Coastal slip up.

Tasman United – FC TWENTY11

Tasman’s season also comes to and end when they host FC TWENTY11. Tasman is unbeaten in their last three games and will set a new unbeaten record if they secure at least a point against FC, with FC looking to secure their first ever win off their rivals.

Form guide: Tasman W L L W W W                            FC Twenty11 W L D L L L 

Head to Head: Played 5 – Tasman 4 wins, Draw 1

Previous Results This Season: Tasman 4 FC 3               FC 0 Tasman 2