By Joan Grey
The Northern Region’s top women’s teams will all be keen to end their seasons on a high note as the Lotto NRFL Women’s Premier League heads for its final round this weekend.
Title-winners Northern Rovers and Auckland United will both want to take winning form into their Kate Sheppard Cup final a week later, while Western Springs and Eastern Suburbs can both finish with this year’s runners-up title.
The top four teams have all qualified to take part in this year’s Women’s National League which starts on September 17.
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Here are this weekend’s fixtures with our pick for the featured game:
Western Springs (2nd) v Ellerslie (5th)
Seddon Fields, Auckland, 1.30 pm
In this fixture, Western Springs play for the runners-up spot in the 2022 Women’s Premier League.
A win in their last game of the season will earn enough points to secure the second-placing.
Last week, Western Springs shattered leaders Northern Rovers’ season-long unbeaten run with a 2-1 victory and collected three welcome points.
Western Springs are on their own winning streak of five games and meet Ellerslie who will be no easy opponent.
Ellerslie are also in hot form with a 5-1 victory over Kate Sheppard Cup finalists Auckland United last Thursday night.
Springs will have to watch for Ellerslie’s top goalscorer, Britney Cunningham-Lee, who scored a hat-trick in that fixture and she will be looking to add to her goal tally.
These sides play their season-finale match on Sunday afternoon at Seddon Fields, at the slightly later-than-usual kick off time of 1.30pm.
Other fixtures (with current league placings)
Game to be played on Saturday September 3, 2022
Tauranga City (8th) v Northern Rovers (1st)
Links Ave Reserve, Tauranga, 1pm
Games to be played on Sunday September 4, 2022
Hamilton Wanderers (7th) v Eastern Suburbs (3rd)
Porritt Stadium, Hamilton, 1pm
Auckland United (4th) v West Coast Rangers (6th)
Keith Hay Park, Auckland, 1pm
How they stand
Last weekend’s games
Friends of Football writer Joan Grey loves playing and writing about football. She captains the Strathallan College Girls First XI and represents Franklin United in the NRF Women’s Championship.