NPL-WA Week 4 is Rivalry Round

NPL-WA Week 4 is Rivalry Round

Posted on March 27, 2014 in 'News'

The new NPL-WA will kick off a new tradition this weekend with the inaugural ‘Rivalry Round’ taking place, with games across the metropolitan area.

NPL WA manager Chris Beech hoped clubs would embrace the concept of a Rivalry Round and that it would become a regular fixture on the WA football calendar.

“The Rivalry Round is simply a way of highlighting a key element of what makes sport so great,” Beech said. “All over the world, great rivalries add something special to football. The recent El Classico between Real Madrid and Barcelona was another example of what football means to fans of those teams and tonight there’ll be an extremely passionate Manchester derby between United and City.”

“Football fans around the world can all relate to the emotions and excitement of derby day and we want to cultivate those friendly rivalries that already exist in WA.

“There is nothing quite like beating a near-neighbour or getting one over a traditional rival and we want fans to celebrate in good spirits and to enjoy the occasion.

“There have been some great football contests in WA and they form an important part of the sport’s history. We hope fans, officials and players embrace the concept and that the seeds are sown for new rivalries.”

ECU Joondalup have begun the new NPL-WA season undefeated and entertain local rivals Sorrento at the ECU Sports Ground on Saturday afternoon. Joondalup defender Charlie Comyn-Platt has played in many local derbies back in the UK, but the former Bolton Wanderers and Swindon Town player is looking forward to taking on the Gulls, who have had the wood on Joondalup in recent seasons. “Games between the two clubs are always a good battle, and we’re not expecting anything different on Saturday,” he said.

“They are well organised, and have an experienced line up, so it will be a tough game, and it will be an exciting game to watch, and we hope for a bumper crowd.”

“My best derby moment in the UK was when I was at Bolton, and I made the first team squad for a trip to Maine Road to take on Manchester City in the EPL. It was a great buzz for me, as I have been a Man City fan since I was a kid.”

Other NPL-WA games this weekend are – Perth SC v Bayswater – Dorrein Gardens, Stirling  v Floreat – Macedonia Park, Inglewood v Balcatta – Intiga Stadium (all Saturday 3pm) while on Sunday Subiaco AFC v Perth Glory – WA Athletics Stadium (6.30pm)