PREVIEW: NRFL Women’s Championship ladder begins to crystallise

By Joan Grey

After four rounds, the Lotto NRFL Women’s Championship picture is taking shape with Tauranga Moana scaling the summit, trailed by Onehunga Sports and Franklin United who share second place.

Three points behind, Birkenhead United chase in fourth position with a game in hand.

Manukau United goalkeeper Teretia Teinaki saves an attempt by Birkenhead United in the last round. Photo: Regan Dewar / Phototek.

Vital points hang in the balance this Sunday, with the four leaders going head-to-head.

Onehunga Sports are pitted against table toppers Tauranga Moana on Sunday.

Tauranga go into the game with a perfect four-from-four wins, while Onehunga are enjoying a run of three successive victories and boast the league’s tightest defence record, having conceded only three goals.

Last weekend, Franklin United bounced back to victory with a 3-1 win over Melville United.

On paper, Franklin look to have the most dangerous attack, pocketing 16 goals in their four games. They’ll line up against Birkenhead this Sunday with home advantage.

In the bottom half of the league, Manukau United and Northern Rovers go head-to-head and Central United host Melville United.

Birkenhead United’s Morgan Herbst and Manukau United’s Ashley Porter battle for possession. Photo: Regan Dewar / Phototek.

Golden Boot

6 — Britney Cunningham-Lee (Franklin United), Kerri-Ann Jones (Tauranga Moana)
3 — Abby Chad (Birkenhead United), Ashley Porter (Manukau United), Jaime Govind (Birkenhead United), Sarah Carpenter (Franklin United)
2 — Georgia Irvine (Franklin United), Holly Patterson (Onehunga Sports), Ivy Calonne (Northern Rovers), Jacqueline David (Franklin United), Mareta Brothers (Manukau United), Pip Meo (Onehunga Sports), Taylor Bell (Onehunga Sports)


Games to be played on Sunday May 5, 2024

Franklin United v Birkenhead United
Drury Sports Complex, Drury, 1pm

Central United v Melville United
Kiwitea St, Sandringham, 1pm

Onehunga Sports v Tauranga Moana
Waikaraka Park, Onehunga, 1pm

Manukau United v Northern Rovers
Walter Massey Park, Manukau, 1pm

Joan Grey

Friends of Football writer Joan Grey loves playing and writing about football.

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