The two best teams from 2019 go head to head for the first time this season in women’s action from the Canterbury Premier League (CPL) tomorrow afternoon.
Defending champions Carlton Redcliffs will look to keep their 19 match winning streak alive as they meet Marist, the team they defeated in last year’s grand final to complete their clean sweep and perfect season. Redcliffs come into the match off a bye weekend, with the majority of the team taking the opportunity to enjoy the sights and sounds of Queenstown during a rare weekend off.
Marist have also already had a bye this season, and after a slight mishap in week one, were back to winning ways last weekend as they put seven goals past Southern United. Covid-19 has hit the Mermaids hard, with their two internationals unable to travel to NZ which has really tested the club’s depth.
This has been offset by new recruit Anna Crowley, who moved down to Christchurch earlier this year from the mighty Taranaki. Crowley, a NZ U21 representative, is a rugged defender who isn’t afraid to put her body on the line, “they breed us tough up on the coast.”
The men’s match is also looking to be a ripper, as the two top placed teams from the first three weeks go head to head. The corresponding fixture last year went the way of Marist 6-0, but Redcliffs are an improved unit this season with Keryn Ambler at the helm.
Both matches have the added excitement of being challenge shield fixtures, and if the weather holds off the $1.20 GAB odds for a sausage sizzle at Marist Park could well be on the money.
The mid table men’s clash between Avon and the Hornby Vipers will no doubt be a close match, with both sides looking for their second win of the season which would cement them in the top half of the table, with Avon having the chance to move into second place. The fitness of the Avon back four will again be put to the test, a Vipers lineup with an average age of 19.4 looking likely to be a real handful.
The Avon Eels will look to put last week’s boat race disappointment behind them as they take on the winless Hornby Tigers, still searching for a point this season. An Eel v Tiger match up seems lopsided to the naked eye, but Avon have had a slippery start to the season and will be a hard team to catch if Hornby don’t come ready to play from the outset.
In recent years, a men’s clash between Harewood and Southern United has always had plenty at stake, more often than not jostling for pole position on the table. Tomorrow’s match is a complete 180, with the sides occupying two of the bottom three placings on the table. Between them, they’ve been responsible for holding the President Shield the past six years, but recent results put them closer to the wooden spoon in 2020.
The women’s match is expected to go the way of Harewood, who will be looking to keep their lead at the top of the table after three good wins to start the season.
HSOB/Burnside go in search of their second victory of the season to keep themselves in a top four position on the men’s table as they take on University, the students struggling to find the form they displayed in week one after dropping their past two matches. Uni will be sweating on the fitness of Pete Anderson, while Old Boys will be looking to bounce back from last week after losing to Hornby for the first time in CPL history.
Men’s Draw – Saturday 4th July
2.45pm: University v HSOB/Burnside (NPW 1)
4.30pm: Avon v Hornby Vipers (Waimak)
4.30pm: Marist v Carlton Redcliffs (Marist Park)*
4.30pm: Southern United v Harewood (NPW 2)
Women’s Draw – Saturday 4th July
12.00pm: Avon v Hornby Tigers (Waimak)
12.00pm: Marist v Carlton Redcliffs (Marist Park)*
1.30pm: Southern United v Harewood (NPW 2)
BYE – HSOB/Burnside
* denotes Challenge Shield match