After a long off-season PlayStation®4 NPL Northern NSW finally makes its return and will do a month earlier in 2017.With Lake Macquarie joining the ranks this season to make it an 11-team competition, it means each team will play two more matches than last year and overall, we will have 22 Rounds in the PS4 NPL.
It shapes up as an exciting year with every side looking stronger on paper than they did this time last year.
Edgeworth will look to do the ‘triple-double,’ winning the Minor and Major Premiership in consecutive years. The only side to do that in recorded Northern NSW history is Weston from 1971-73 – and maybe you could count it as a ‘triple-triple’ if they can qualify for the Westfield FFA Cup Round of 32 for the third year straight.
But, they won’t get it all their own way with Lambton looking very strong this season, and with James Pascoe at the helm, expect the Jaffas to be right up there again this year. Hamilton and Magic will be there and Adamstown should improve on last year.
Maitland has recruited well this year, as have Charlestown, and Valentine look set to punch above their weight again in 2017. The Jets Youth will be solid, and while they will struggle in the title race, expect both a youthful Weston side and a Lake Macquarie side packed with NPL experience to cause some upsets this year.
Don’t forget you can catch Chris Turner, Damien Smith and myself every week at the Match of the Round on BarTV. Cooks Hill coach Graham Law will also be joining the commentary team in 2017.
Looking forward to what should be a cracking year!
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