Titles, Promotion, and Final Places On The Line

Karori are Capital Premier champions for the second year running.

Their challenge now is a home and away playoff against AFC Havelock North, a team sporting plenty of Central League experience in the likes of keeper Shaun Peta, former Hawkes Bay United and Napier City Rovers coach Chris Greatholder, futsal national league player Ethan Dent, and Dion Adams.

Certainly not an easy task.

To warm up they have their last league match against Wellington Olympic at home at Karori Park.

 

In the W-League, Upper Hutt are four points clear with just two matches left to play.

They head to Masterton for a Saturday afternoon match-up with last-placed Wairarapa United. If results go with the form book, as they will be expected to, the Upper Hutt side will have a trophy to lift late in the day.

The battle for second place is likely to be resolved this weekend when Palmerston North Marist host Wellington United. United are third, just two points behind Marist.

 

This weekend also offers up a round of Central League matches with jostling for final positions and club pride the only things on the line.

Lower Hutt take on Taranaki with some of the club’s focus on their reserve team who are in line for relegation from Capital Premier relegation in ninth.

Olympic clawed themselves up to 8th in Capital Premier with their win over Petone, which featured a number of first team regulars. They travel to Napier and, along with other clubs, might use the last two games in the league to begin preparations for their Napier Under 19s campaign.

Western Suburbs lose a number of their starting eleven to the US College season so the next generation of Declan Edge’s production line will get a chance against Miramar Rangers on Sunday.

Wairarapa United against Stop Out is probably the game of the round. Wellington United host already-relegated Palmerston North, who may be out to prove something with next season’s destination sorted.