3ZZZ goes into all the news and upcoming games for the Men’s and Women’s 2023 NPL Victoria season.
On Friday night, Avondale easily surpassed Bentleigh 4-0. Heidelberg got demolished away to Melbourne Knights, losing 5-0. And St. Albans also won away, winning 1-0 to Green Gully. On Saturday, Oakleigh won on the road, beating Moreland City 3-0. Port Melbourne also won away, beating Altona Magic 2-0. And Dandenong Thunder won on the road too, against Hume City 2-0.
On Sunday, 3ZZZ was present to broadcast the match between South Melbourne and North Geelong at Lakeside Stadium. It was a special occasion as they were playing for the Tony Clarke Memorial Shield, organised by the Victoria Police Soccer Club and the Blue Ribbon Foundation. Which honours South Melbourne fan, Senior Constable Tony Clarke, who was tragically murdered in the line of duty in 2005.
In the first half at the 35 minute mark, South Melbourne took the lead with a header by Patrick Langois.
Immediately after the break Ajak Riak rose highest in the box to header the ball into the back of the net to make it 2-0 to South Melbourne.
In the last minute of stoppage time, North Geelong’s Luke Zivcic scored to make it 2-1.
However it was too little too late, South Melbourne held on and in the end took all 3 points and won the game 2-1.
The ladder has Avondale still on top, followed closely by South Melbourne, Oakleigh Cannons, Melbourne Knights, Port Melbourne and Green Gully in the top 6. Altona Magic are seventh, followed by Dandenong Thunder, Hume City, St. Albans, Heidelberg United, Moreland City, North Geelong and Bentleigh Greens.
For round 14, on Friday night Melbourne Knights host St. Albans, and Green Gully faces Oakleigh Cannons.
On Saturday Moreland City hosts South Melbourne. Port Melbourne encounters Avondale away. North Geelong plays Bentleigh Greens. Hume City encounters Altona Magic. And to finish the round, it’s Dandenong Thunder versus Heidelberg.
For the NPLW, on friday, it was a 1 all draw between FV Emerging and Southern United. And Boroondara defeated Heidelberg 5-4. On Saturday Alamein and Bayside United had a 2 all draw. And on Monday night, it was a 1 all draw in the battle of the Lions between Bulleen Lions and Preston Lions.
On Sunday 3ZZZ was present to broadcast the women’s match between South Melbourne and Calder United at Lakeside Stadium.
South Melbourne took the lead early in the first half with a tap in goal by Jenna Lawson.
Just before the half time break, Calder equalised with a fantastic strike to make it 1 all.
Both teams did all they could to get the winning goal but it ended in a stalemate and the game ended in a one all draw.
For the NPLW ladder Boroondara remain on top, followed by Alamein, South Melbourne, Heidelberg, Preston and Bulleen make the top 6. Then we have Bayside United, Calder United, FV Emerging, Box Hill and Southern United.
For the upcoming NPLW games for round 10. On Friday it’s Preston Lions versus Bayside United. On Saturday Alamein plays Box Hill. South Melbourne hosts Southern United. Bulleen Lions encounters Calder United, and to finish, it’s Boroondara versus FV Emerging.
This Saturday afternoon, 3ZZZ will be broadcasting live at Lakeside Stadium, the women’s game between South Melbourne and Southern United at 3.50pm. Tune in on the 3ZZZ website, or on DAB plus to listen to all the action. That’s South Melbourne Women versus Southern United at 3.50pm, all live on 3ZZZ! Don’t miss it!