Title Almost Technical’s As Other Battle For Points In #MPL20
With games to be played quickly running out in the Mainland Premier League (MPL), Cashmere Technical are only a handful of points away from claiming their third premiership on the bounce and their seventh in nine seasons, with the top half of the finishing order still far from certain and Selwyn and Western still locked together to avoid the drop, there are likely to be a few more twist and turns in the remaining six rounds.
On Saturday, Ferrymead Bays host Nelson Suburbs at Ferrymead Park at Midday. At 2:45pm, Cashmere Technical take on Selwyn at Garrick Memorial Park, Nomads face Christchurch United at Tulett Park, with the final match-up of the round seeing Western entertain Coastal at Walter Park.
Bays and Suburbs meet in the Ever-Present Derby, the 49th edition two clubs have gone head to head since the MPL commenced in 2002 with the two still pressing for a likely third placing. Over the season Bays have secured one more win than Suburbs in their clashes, two of them coming in the previous two encounters this season in Nelson, with Suburbs looking to snap a three-game round with securing a points.
Form: Bays D W D D W D Suburbs W D W D L L L
Head to Head – Played 48 – Bays 19 wins, Draws 11, Suburbs 18 wins
Previous Result This Season: Suburbs 1 Bays 2 Suburbs 0 Bays 1
Technical have yet to drop a point to Selwyn in the MPL and will be a short odds to make it a clean sweep over the Stallions this season, but Selwyn are desperate to avoid the drop and have showed more fight in recent rounds and will not see anywhere a repeat of the one sided 11 – 0 loss when they last played.
Form: Technical W W W W W W W Selwyn L D L L L W L
Head to Head: Played 6 – Technical 6 wins
Previous Result This Season: Selwyn 1 Technical 2 Selwyn 0 Technical 11
Nomads will be looking to secure their first win over United this season after playing out two 2 – all results earlier in the season, to keep a flint hint of pressure on Technical or at least go one better than their third place last season. United will be out to secure back to back wins for the second time as they look to cement a top four placings. United will be hoping the fitness is not an issue after they had to play extra time in their Blackwells Holden English Cup quarter final against Waimak on Tuesday evening before advancing on penalties.
Form: Nomads W W W L W L W United L D L D D L W
Head to Head: Played 20 – Nomads 8 wins, Draws 6, United 6 wins
Previous Result This Season: United 2 Nomads 2 United 2 Nomads 2
Coastal will be out to back it three from three this season over Western, with Coastal looking to catch Nomads before the season concludes. Coastal gained an additional two points during the week after Bays fielded an ineligible player when the sides played out a scoreless draw two weeks ago with Coastal now awarded the win. Western will be looking for a positive result but will be without their captain, Wiari Rusbridge, who is suspended with Coastal also missing Jordan Phelan, also due to suspension.
Form: Western L L L W D L L Coastal W L L D D W D
Head to Head – Played 25 – Western 9 wins, Draws 1, Coastal 15 wins
Previous Result This Season: Coastal 8 Western 0 Coastal 4 Western 1
Penultimate Round In #WPL20
With all the finishing positions already be confirmed in the Women’s Premier League clubs are playing for pride on Saturday at 12:30pm. Champions, Coastal take on Universities at Linfield Park, with Waimak hosting Cashmere Technical at Kendall Park with Halswell having the bye.
Coastal take on Universities in what is their final home game of the season with Coastal out to defend the Hawkey Shield for the 20th defence in a row. Universities drew the previous encounter a Linfield 1 – all before Coastal were untroubled to win the reverse match-up. Universities successfully won their quarter final tie in the Blackwells Holden Reta Fitzpatrick Cup, 4 – 0 against Hornby on Thursday evening so will have some hope going into the game.
Form: Coastal W W W W bye Universities L W bye L L
Head to Head – Played 32 – Coastal 27 wins, Draw 2, Universities 3 wins
Previous Results this season: Coastal 1 Universities 1 Universities 0 Coastal 7
Waimak and Technical shared the points when playing out a 2 – 2 result in June with Technical untroubled to win their next encounter and with the two meeting again on Wednesday evening the Reta Fitzpatrick Cup both teams will be out to gain the physiological advantage on Saturday.
Form Waimak W bye L W W Technical W L W bye W
Head to Head: Played 13 – Waimak 6 wins, Draws 1, Halswell 6 wins
Previous Results this season: Waimak 2 Technical 2 Technical 6 Waimak 0
Words: Gavin Searle