National Women’s League Match Week Seven Preview

The Northern Lights are looking to consolidate their position at the top of the table (Photosport)

The National Women’s League continues this week with a double header of matches set to take place across the country, find out what’s in store with the official preview.

Auckland Football vs Northern Lights
Crum Park, Auckland
Thursday 24 October, 7pm

Referee: Anna-Marie Keighley
Assistant Referees: Rebecca Blakeman, Caley McNeely
Fourth Official: Wendy McNeely


This is a massive match for both sides but particularly for Auckland as they are three points behind leaders Northern and that gap being extended to six would make a push for the minor premiership difficult in the second half of the season. With the other teams in the title race, Canterbury and Southern, fighting to take points off each other on two occasions over this double header, a maximum points haul would put Auckland in a strong position come the end of play on Tuesday night.


Nic Downes (Auckland coach): “Everyone always gets excited to play against Northern, we share the city so there’s always a bit of rivalry and the players all play against each other during the winter season as well. The top four is pretty close so I think we need the result, the danger is that if Northern and Canterbury pick up a couple of results and other teams don’t then potentially they’ll start to get ahead. So it’s pretty important for us to get another three points to even it all out.”

Shane Verma (Northern coach): “The energy in the camp is good but obviously it’s still early days and there’s still a long road ahead. We have to keep working hard and not take anything for granted, this week will be no different. Auckland are going to be a strong team and we have to put our best performances out there against them. They’re near the top of the table as well and have put some good performances in. We’ve conceded seven goals in this campaign and are not too happy about that so it’s something we need to tidy up on.”

Southern United vs Canterbury United Pride
Logan Park, Dunedin
Saturday 26 October, 1pm

Referee: Dan Woulahan
Assistant Referees: Allys Clipsham, Sean Lau
Fourth Official: Becky Hart


Following Canterbury’s first loss of the campaign, Southern are now only two points behind and a win here would lift them above their South Island rivals. Canterbury were yet to concede a goal heading into last weekend but Northern then put three strikes past them and Southern will be buoyed by that as they are in good goal-scoring form. They are yet to be kept scoreless this season, hitting an impressive 18 goals in their five games.

WaiBOP Football vs Capital Football
John Kerkhof Park, Cambridge
Saturday 26 October, 1.30pm

Referee: Kason Browning
Assistant Referees: Sarah Jones, Fabian Scott
Fourth Official: Nadia Browning


WaiBOP have only one victory to their name so far and will be eyeing up this fixture as an ideal opportunity for a second. But Capital are in a similar boat and are better off by just one point, meaning this game may not be significant in the title race but is of great importance to the sides involved. Goalscoring has been an issue for WaiBOP with all five of their strikes coming in their only win and they will have to find a way to offer more on attack if they are to add to their tally.

BYE – Central Football

Canterbury United Pride vs Southern United
English Park, Christchurch
Monday 28 October, 1pm

Referee: Wendy McNeely
Assistant Referees: Henri Croft, Jayden Brown
Fourth Official: Aaron Nottage


If Southern can get one over on Canterbury in the first match, the defending champions would then be scrambling to get back on track after a second successive defeat. But a Canterbury win on Saturday would put Southern’s season in danger of fizzling out so Monday’s clash will have plenty riding on it either way. Southern will be hoping to evoke the spirit of 2017, when they pulled off a shock 2-1 win over their local rivals at English Park.

Capital Football vs WaiBOP Football
Memorial Park, Wellington
Monday 28 October, 1pm

Referee: Simon Morris
Assistant Referees: Heloise Welch, Nathan Griffiths
Fourth Official: Dominic Barry


Capital will be planning to go into this match on a high after posting a win on Saturday and that could give them a chance of drawing level with fourth-placed Auckland if the 2017 champions lose both matches against Northern. WaiBOP’s survivors from the previous campaign will have a score to settle with Capital though as they were narrowly edged out in both encounters between the pair, losing 2-1 and 3-2.

Northern Lights vs Auckland Football
North Harbour Stadium, Auckland
Tuesday 29 October, 7pm

Referee: Nadia Browning
Assistant Referees: Lee Juno, Caley McNeely
Fourth Official: Bridget Baker


Depending on how results go in the first set of double-header matches, this could be make or break for Auckland as they may find themselves significantly behind the leading pair. And, if they do follow last weekend’s loss with another on Thursday night, they would go into this game with confidence low after two consecutive defeats. A win on Thursday would make the picture far more rosy though and could even give them the opportunity to go top of the table with another victory. Six points for Northern meanwhile would see them take a massive step towards a berth in the final.

BYE – Central Football

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Article added: Thursday 24 October 2019


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