Sunday 10th March
Sydney Olympic v Sutherland Sharks
Belmore Sports Ground – 4pm kick-off
How better can Sydney Olympic get after the 2018 season they had?
They defeated everything that came in front of them as the Blues marched on to clinching a famous double taking out the Premiership and Championship in style.
Abbas Saad worked his magic and through that claimed the Coach of the Year plaudits, but will 2019 be the same?
It will be pretty close as Saad has stuck with the same squad however losing the influential Max Burgess to the Wellington Phoenix.
One player that caught the attention of many not just in NSW but across the country was that of Spanish sensation Alejandro Sanchez. The key attacker has already gone down as one of the craftiest players ever to cross the NPL NSW Men’s competition and he will be looked at in more ways than one this year.
Age will not weary club legend Paul Henderson who will don the number one jersey this year while club regulars, skipper Jason Madonis, Will Angel, Tom Whiteside and Niko Tsattalios will be putting in their heart and souls in recapturing their 2018 form.
There’s been some key returns to the club with the likes of Mitchell Stamatellis, Troy Danaskos and Harris Gaitatzis all calling Belmore home once more while Michael Gaitatzis, will link up with his brother and will hope to bang in the goals after a successful 2018 NPL 3 NSW Men’s season with the Gladesville Ryde Magic. Look for the return to fitness from injury of the talented Hagi Gligor who is tipped to turn some heads this year.
Their Sunday opponents the Sutherland Sharks come into their first-round match full of hope with new manager Terry Palapanis at the helm.
The Sharks fans will have every reason to be optimistic with a number of fresh new faces set to make a mark with the Shire based team.
Former Hakoah shotstopper Anthony Bouzanis is one of them set to make a big impact on the squad as well former A-League player and club captain Marc Warren. Add the two Spanish stars who destroyed the NPL 2 NSW Men’s competition in Raul Beneit Romero and Juan Carlos Heras Romero as well as the youthful presence of Jeremy Cox up-front, you can be sure the Sharks will be ready for a big year.
One of Palapanis’ former players whilst coaching at St George FC, Tarik Ercan will also be one to watch as he hopes he can cement his spot as one of the leading defenders in the NPL NSW Men’s competition.
A big match up between two teams hoping to stamp their authority on the league early on.