Mid-Season Review

The completion of Round 11 on Sunday officially marked the half way point of the season, so

we thought it would be an ideal time to review how each of the sides is tracking in 2017, and

analyse how they’re placed going into the second half of the year…

 

After a narrow loss in Round 1, the Premier first team has since gone on a 10 game

unbeaten streak to sit second on the Premier League table, two points behind leader

Wembley Downs. Anchored by a strong backline that has conceded just nine goals in 11

games (3 of which came in Round 1), the first team announced itself as a legitimate

contender with a gutsy Round 10 win at home against North Perth. A feature of the first

team this year has been the spread of goal-scorers with both the midfield (Drummond, Flatt)

and attack (Morris, Ashworth) all getting their names on the goal scoring charts. With key

players set to return over the next fortnight, the first team is well placed to challenge for

league honours heading into the second half of the season.

 

Likewise, a strong defensive effort in the first half of the season has placed the Premier

Reserves in a strong position to challenge for back-to- back league titles in 2017. After

conceding just 8 goals in their opening 11 games, the Reserves have been boosted in recent

weeks by the addition of Luke Dove and Ollie Valentine to their attacking stocks. Like the

first team league, the Reserves League is currently a three-horse race with just 1 point

separating second placed Kingsley and third placed North Perth from top of the table

Southern Sprit. It should be no surprise that these three sides have by far the strongest

defences in the Reserves league, and points will be at an absolute premium when these

teams meet in the second half of the season.

 

The Reserves have also qualified for the Cup quarter finals, and will face a very tough match

against Wembley Downs on 26 th July as they look to repeat their cup success from two years

ago.

 

The new Amateur Division 4 side sits 9 th in an extremely competitive league, and with

promotion still a very real possibility, they will be looking to pick up maximum points over the

coming weeks as they come up against new opposition from the Division 4 “B” pool of sides

including Kingsway, Yanchep and Woodvale.

 

The Division 4 Reserves meanwhile completed the first half of the season on the back of a

four game winning streak which sees them move up to third, just three points off the top of

the league. A massive match coming up this Sunday for the Div 4 Reserves, who make the

trip south to take on the league leaders Fremantle City, knowing that 3 points will be a

massive boost to their title credentials this season.

 

The Metro North Div 1 side currently sits top of their table after important wins in recent

weeks over Currambine, North Perth and Phoenix Glory. A highly competitive and

unpredictable league that seems to feature at least three 6-point games every week, North

Division 1 will surely come down to the wire with the top seven sides all considered genuine

contenders. As with the Premier sides, Kingsley’s North Div 1 side features the meanest

defence in the league with just 10 goals conceded, and that effort will need to be maintained

all season long for the side to sustain its title challenge.

 

The newly formed Metro North Div 5 side are also well placed to challenge for their league,

as they sit 3 points behind league leader Noranda, however with a game in hand and a

healthy goal difference. With goal machine Az Parsons leading the charge averaging 3

goals a game, and a stingy defence anchored by Roberto “Mean Machine” Boscerino

between the sticks, the Div 5 side has season defining matches against Marsh, Westnam

and Noranda over the coming weeks, with maximum points needed to continue the

challenge.

 

The Ladies Div 1 side has had a slow start to the season, currently anchored at the foot of

the table, however a confidence boosting 4-0 win at Ellenbrook yesterday should lift spirits

and put the Ladies side in a positive frame of mind to attack the second half of the season.

So overall, a very strong first half of the season from the club, with several sides currently in

good positions to push for silverware. The Premier and Metro sides all boast the tightest

defences in their respective leagues and have ground out some very important wins over

recent weeks. The second half of the season promises to be just as exciting, so get out and

support your boys (and girls) in blue over the next 11 rounds!

 

Written by: Coach Chris Brady