Academy Boys at home on Saturday


THIS Saturday 21 July sees the Mariners Super Youth League Boys teams home after a run of away games.

THIS Saturday 21 July sees the Mariners Super Youth League Boys teams home after a run of away games. All Academy Boys Super Youth League teams are sitting in one of the top four positions on their respective tables after 17 Rounds of the 22 Round Competition. Most Academy teams also have two washouts to make up which are being played in the coming weeks.

The Super Youth League teams play their southern neighbours, Northern Tigers on Saturday with kick offs from 9am (Grade 13 Boys) through to 3pm (Grade 18 Boys).

The Grade 13 Boys are sitting in third position on the 2012 Competition ladder just behind Dulwich Hill and Sydney University. With their Tigers counterparts having only secured one win this year, the Academy Boys will be hoping to add to their points tally for the season.

The Grade 14 Boys are sitting in second position with 10 wins and 4 draws from their 15 games. The boys sit 11 points behind ladder leaders Sydney University but have two games in hand on University.

The 15 Boys team are fresh from a win last weekend against Fraser Park FC and sit third on their competition ladder, again with two games in hand on the competition frontrunners.

The Grade 16 Boys continue their 2012 Season charge with a total of 12 wins and 2 draws from their 15 games. The boys will be backing up from a game on Thursday against Bankstown City and their first loss of the season last week to Fraser Park.

The Grade 18 Boys sit fourth on the ladder and need to secure a win to move clear of the Tigers who sit just one point behind them on the ladder in fifth position. With the finals series looming and the top five teams progressing to the finals, both sides will be keen to secure the points.

The Boys Super Youth League Club Championship is shaping up to be a close tussle to the finish between Sydney University and the Central Coast Mariners Academy. Sydney University sit on 188 points with the Academy on 163. However, the Academy have 10 additional games yet to be played. Sydney University and Central Coast Mariners Academy teams meet in the final round of the Season at Pluim Park – with the way things are shaping up, it could be these last home games for the Academy teams that determine the Club Championship for Season 2012.

Also home at Pluim Park this weekend is the younger members of the Academy, the Grade 9 and 10 Boys who play Gladesville with 9am and 10am kick offs on Saturday.

Meanwhile the Grade 11 and 12 Boys are making the trip to the South Coast to play Southern Branch on Saturday at Nowra and Football South Coast on Sunday at Wollongong.

The Girls and Womens Teams are playing Northbridge FC at Hills Sports High at Seven Hills. The Coast-s Senior Womens First and Reserve Grade teams have had a stella few weeks with positive results for the Club whilst Northbridge FC Senior Womens teams have been struggling in their first year in the top Women-s Premier League. Academy coach Steve Roche will be confident that the Academy will be able to secure the points in the Senior games on the weekend.

For the Grade 12 Girls, Sunday-s match will be a replay of the recent Grand Final held in the Cheryl Salisbury Cup. The Academy girls will be keen for a victory after being beaten by their Northbridge counterparts in the Cheryl Salisbury Cup. The Grade 14 and 16 Girls will be keen to secure the points and add to the Academy-s chances of moving up the Women-s Club Championship with the teams currently sitting on equal eighth and only one point behind Sutherland Shire.