Heidelberg and Calder battle it out for top spot

By Emma Burke

A top of the table clash at Olympic Village in NPLW Victoria is the headline act of Round 11 fixtures, taking place between Heidelberg United and Calder United.

With just two points separating the teams, it is still extremely close to call who can lead the way in the league, with the ‘Bergers previously edging the upcoming visitors 1-2 away at Keilor Park Recreation Reserve.

Coupled with the ‘Bergers extended Nike F.C Cup run by beating Bayside United 1-5 at Kingston Heath, another feather in their cap would be doing the double over Calder – another monumental achievement under head coach Johno Clemente.

With the league being as even and unpredictable as it is, it’s been proven that anything can happen on any day.

Last time out, in miserable conditions, the Warriors did receive their first loss since Round 6 of NPLW Victoria by going down 3-2 to FV Emerging.

In non-stop pouring rain and freezing temperatures, the United women found just how competitive this campaign is.

United started off strong, collecting two goals in the opening half. The first courtesy of Danielle Wise, who collected the rebound off a very well-placed free kick from Captain Stephanie Galea, which initially hit the crossbar.

The second goal for the Bergers came from Tijan Mckenna, who exploited a mistake made by Emerging keeper Miranda Templeman, allowing her to put the ball into the back of the net.

Heidelberg were unable to keep hold of a two-goal lead, with FV Emerging able to score three goals unanswered with the wind behind them.

It’s tricky games like these that can shape seasons, and for the ‘Bergers a recent loss is only a slight blip on an extraordinary season so far. A strong response will be expected.