Eastern Suburbs face tough challenge as they seek all-important point for finals spot

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With three games to go, Eastern Suburbs still need another competition point to confirm a place in this year’s Grand Final of the Women’s National League.

But that point might not come easily this weekend when the Lilywhites host local rivals Northern Rivals who badly need a win to reach the Grand Final too.

Main photo: Eastern Suburbs … still need another point to be sure of finals football. Photo: Joan Grey.

Suburbs ended their 10-game winning streak last weekend, losing 2-1 to Canterbury United Pride last weekend.

The game was played at William Green Domain, rather than at Suburbs’ family home turf of Madills Farm.

This weekend, Suburbs will play their ‘home’ game at Riverhills Park, and the lack of familiar surrounds might introduce a few jitters as they look to clinch their finals berth.

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The Grand Final is already certain to be an all-Auckland affair, with Western Springs the third club still in contention.

They appear to have overcome their mid-season form blip, even if they had to fight back from two goals down to beat Auckland United 3-2 last weekend.

They have a tricky trip to Wellington on Saturday to play the improving Capital Football side, who drew 1-1 with Southern United last weekend.

Here’s how the weekend schedule looks:


Games to be played on Saturday November 26, 2022

Capital Football v Western Springs
Petone Memorial Park, Petone, 12.30pm

Canterbury United Pride v Auckland United
English Park, Christchurch, 1pm

Games to be played on Sunday November 27, 2022

Central Football v Southern United
Massey University, Palmerston North, 12pm

Eastern Suburbs v Northern Rovers
Riverhills Park, Pakuranga, 1pm


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