By Joan Grey
In round seven of the Lotto NRFL Women’s Championship, the leading four teams face off in two high-octane clashes.
Leaders Fencibles square off against Onehunga Sports (4th), while Franklin United (3rd) will lock horns with Otumoetai (2nd).
Game of the week
On Sunday, Te Atatu challenge Tauranga City, and a victory for either could keep them in striking distance with the leading pack.
Of six rounds, Tauranga have clinched three wins in the competition, while Te Atatu have secured two.
Te Atatu presents fresh faces and promising young talent this season, adding a newcomer dimension to the team, which could give them the edge on Sunday.
Central midfielder Esther Bushell, in her sixth season with the club, is a seasoned captain and is fronting Te Atatu’s charge.
Players to watch
Experienced Te Atatu centre-back Emma Pickles is a reliable backline anchor who leads the defence.
Also, watch for Te Atatu’s young talent Keira Schriefer. A versatile attacking weapon, Schriefer combines lightning pace and excellent touch.
Get ready for a thrilling match-up on Sunday when Women’s Championship tailenders Manukau United and Central United face off.
Manukau United are yet to notch a victory this season, while Central have emerged triumphant just once this season.
Both sides are searching for a much-needed boost to their campaigns, and the result could be decided by mental fortitude and sheer determination.
I’m leaning towards a 2-1 victory to Central United.
Games to be played on Sunday May 7, 2023
Franklin United v Otumoetai
Drury Sports Complex, Drury, 1pm
Manukau United v Central United
Mangere Centre Park, Mangere, 1pm
Onehunga Sports v Fencibles United
Waikaraka Park, Onehunga, 1pm
Te Atatu v Tauranga City
Te Atatu Peninsula, Te Atatu, 1pm
Friends of Football writer Joan Grey loves playing and writing about football. She attends ACG Strathallan College and plays football for Franklin United.