The Battlewin Premier League enters its penultimate round this weekend as the race for the League Championship, a finals position, and avoiding relegation continues to simmer! The Battlewin Premier League round 21 fixture list is as follows:

Sunday 18/8: U/21’s 10:45am, Reserve Grade 12:45pm, First Grade 2:45pm:
The Entrance FC vs Avoca FC – Pat Morley Oval
Wyoming FC vs Killarney District SC – Alan Davidson Oval
Berkeley Vale SC vs Kanwal FC – Mingara Club Oval
Toukley FC vs Terrigal United FC – Harry Moore Oval
Woongarrah FC vs Southern and Ettalong United FC – Hamlyn Terrace
East Gosford FC vs Gosford City FC – Hylton Moore Oval

The Entrance FC vs Avoca FC – Pat Morley Oval

Holding a slender six-point advantage in the Club Championship standings, The Entrance gear up for Sundays crucial clash with Avoca knowing a win is needed to stave off the challenge of a determined Toukley side to remain in the Battlewin Premier League for the 2020 season. The Sea-Eagles look to have turned a corner of sorts in recent weeks after notching up a handy 3-0 win over Kanwal before grabbing a huge point against competition front-runners Killarney at Pluim Park last weekend. They’ll be looking for a positive result against the Sharks this weekend which would leave them in good stead heading into the final weekend of the season where they face East Gosford, with their rivals Toukley facing a last day clash with competition heavyweights Southern and Ettalong United.

A 4-2 loss to Woongarrah last weekend brought to an end Avoca’s run of six straight victories, in turn transforming this weekend’s clash with The Entrance into a must-win match if they’re to realise ambitions of competing in the 2019 finals series. Anything less than a victory this weekend will see the Sharks run the risk of having their finals aspirations dashed before the last day of the season. Crucially, Avoca’s rival for fifth position the Wyoming Tigers face Killarney this weekend, a match-up that could keep the door ajar for the Sharks to make a run at a finals position on the final day of the Battlewin Premier League season.

 

Wyoming FC vs Killarney District SC – Alan Davidson Oval

Alan Davidson Oval hosts another huge premier league clash on Sunday afternoon as the fifth placed Tigers host competition leaders Killarney, with both sides hungry for three points heading into the finals series. With two matches remaining in the premier league season, Wyoming currently hold a three-point buffer over Avoca in sixth place, whilst trail third placed Southern and Ettalong United by three points. After three straight losses a few weeks prior, the Tigers have responded well, recording three straight victories to give them the upper hand in the battle with Avoca and Berkeley Vale for a finals position. If Wyoming can avoid a loss on Sunday afternoon they’ll see them self well positioned heading into their final match with Kanwal to secure a spot in the top five in their first season back in the top flight.

Currently holding a two-point lead at the top of the Battlewin Premier League, Killarney have the opportunity to wrap up the BPL league championship if other results fall their way this weekend. A win for the Terriers coupled with anything other than a win for Woongarrah this weekend would see Killarney carry an unassailable four-point lead into the final round of the season, in which they face the ‘Cats at EDSAAC North. If they can secure a result similar to the 2-0 they managed when the sides met earlier in the season they’ll head into next weekend’s match in a commanding position, any other result will likely set us up for a blockbuster final round to the premier league season.

 

Berkeley Vale SC vs Kanwal FC – Mingara Club Oval

Berkeley Vale face an absolute ‘must-win’ match this weekend when they host Kanwal at Mingara as they look to keep their slim finals hopes alive. Currently six points back from the all-important fifth position, the ‘Bats know anything less than a win will see them eliminated from finals contention for the 2019 season, a disappointing result after their 2018 grand-final appearance. Berkeley Vale finish the season with two extremely winnable fixtures, however their fate no longer sits in their own hands, with Wyoming able to eliminate them from contention with a single point from their match with Killarney. Sunday’s task becomes that much harder as both Reece Caira and Damien Lobb serve suspensions following send-offs in last weekend’s clash with Terrigal United.

Kanwal have experienced somewhat of a late-season resurgence over the previous month and a half as they find themselves sitting in eighth position ahead of the Battlewin Premier Leagues final two matches. A big 4-1 win over Gosford City last weekend was the latest in a string of positive results that’s seen them pick up three wins from their last six outings, particularly impressive given they’ve only managed four all year so far. After spending most of the year in the bottom two on the BPL’s first-grade ladder, the Bulls have risen to become the best placed of the sides no longer in contention for a finals position. A 1-1 draw with the Wombats earlier in the season will give Kanwal confidence they can grab a positive result from Sundays match, however they’ll be up against a ‘Bats side playing to keep their season alive beyond the next two weeks.

Toukley FC vs Terrigal United FC – Harry Moore Oval

Toukley continue their fight to avoid relegation to the Men’s Division One competition this weekend when they host Terrigal United at Harry Moore Oval. Victories in both reserve grade and under 21’s last weekend against Wyoming saw the Gunners make significant inroads towards closing the deficit between themselves and The Entrance in 10th, with just six CC points separating the sides ahead of the final two weeks of the season. The last time the Gunners met Terrigal they played out a seven-goal thriller at Pluim Park, ultimately falling 4-3.

Terrigal can lock-in their appearance in the 2019 Battlewin Premier League finals series this weekend with a victory over Toukley at Harry Moore Oval. Currently fourth on 40 competition points, a victory would see them open up at least a four-point gap between themselves and Avoca in sixth heading into the final week of the season. Three of Terrigal’s last four matches have seen them face-off with sides in contention for a finals position, of which they’ve managed to win two as they enter Sunday’s match in decent form.

 

Woongarrah FC vs Southern and Ettalong United FC – Hamlyn Terrace

In arguably the biggest match of the Battlewin Premier League’s round 21 fixture list, second placed Woongarrah host third placed Southern and Ettalong United at Hamlyn Terrace. Separated by just one competition point, both remain well in the hunt to finish the season as league champions. A victory for Woongarrah on Sunday afternoon would see them take the battle for the league championship into the final round of the season, setting up what would undoubtedly be the most anticipated match of the season with Killarney next Sunday afternoon. The ‘Cats are in the midst of a nine-match unbeaten run heading into the finals series as they continue their dream first season in the Mens Premier League.

Southern and Ettalong United surrendered their stranglehold on second position on the Battlewin Premier League table to this weekend’s opponents after their 1-1 draw with East Gosford last weekend. Despite the dropped points the Lions remain in the mix for the BPL’s league championship but must win Sundays clash with Woongarrah to ensure they’ll have the opportunity to compete for the title on the last day of the season next weekend. Recent history favours the Lions, with the side notching up a massive 6-2 victory over the ‘Cats at James Browne Oval earlier in the season, however a boisterous home crowd combined with the sheer magnitude of the fixture suggests this weekend’s clash will be a much tighter affair.

 

East Gosford FC vs Gosford City FC – Hylton Moore Oval

The East Gosford Rams face their city rivals Gosford City in the penultimate round of the Battlewin Premier League as they look to wrap eighth position on the BPL table. After a heavy 4-1 loss to Killarney a fortnight ago, the Rams responded with a solid 1-1 draw with Southern and Ettalong United, one of the favourites to take out this year’s competition. They’ll be looking to build on that solid result when they face the 12th placed Dragons and 10th placed The Entrance to round out the top flight season. When the Rams met Gosford City earlier in the year they emerged with a 3-0 victory, one of only three matches this season they’ve managed to find more than a lone goal.

Having already had their relegation to Division One for the 2020 season confirmed, Gosford City will be looking to finish the premier league season on a high against East Gosford this weekend and Berkeley Vale the following. With just one win and one draw from their 20 matches this season, the Dragons are confirmed to finish in 12th position, however you’d imagine the young side will be better for the experience in the top flight as they look to put together a successful season in Division One and seal a return to the Battlewin Premier League at their first attempt.