Run Home - Division Four
The Run Home: Manly-Warringah (H- catch up round), Moorebank (H), Holroyd-Parramatta (A), Manly-Warringah (A)
Analysis: The best chance UTS have for a premiership this year is in a competitive Division Four. Will play Manly-Warringah twice in the run home in what is a pretty easy set of matches. The biggest challenge should be away to third-placed Holroyd-Parramatta in the penultimate round.
Prediction: Minor Premiers and will enjoy first week of finals off.
The Run Home: Sydney University (H), Campbelltown (A), North Shore (A)
Analysis: The Knights have surprised many in their first year in Sydney after moving up from the South Coast competition. They have a good run home which should provide some decent competition with two matches away, and two matches against fellow top-five sides in Sydney University and North Shore.
Prediction: Tipping them to win all their matches but won’t be enough to topple UTS. Second.
The Run Home: Campbelltown (H), UTS (H), UNSW/ES (A)
Analysis: The Goannas are making a renewed tilt at a Reserves flag after a few years languishing towards the bottom of the ladder. Face a challenge for the double chance from North Shore and Sydney University but have a nice run home with their hardest match against the ladder-topping Bats.
Prediction: Tipped to win two of their final three but have them finishing fourth due to their inferior percentage to North Shore.
The Run Home: Sydney University (H- catch up round), UNSW/ES (A), Sydney University (A), Wollondilly (H)
Analysis: The Bombers will control their own destiny with two matches against Sydney University (fifth), and a final round clash against Wollondilly (second) that could determine the match-ups in week one of the finals. Interestingly, they could well play Sydney University three times in five weeks dependant on the final ladder.
Prediction: Three wins and a better percentage will see them seal third and the all-important double chance.
The Run Home: North Shore (A- catch up round), Wollondilly (A), North Shore (H), Randwick City (H)
Analysis: It may be easier to copy and paste North Shore’s analysis as they have a very similar run home. May need to belt Randwick City in the final round to move up into a double chance. The hardest match of the run home is an away trip to Wollondilly.
Prediction: Percentage will hurt them but will still manage to hold onto fifth.
The Run Home: North Shore (H), Randwick City (A), Holroyd-Parramatta (H)
Analysis: Face a very tough ask having to win all three of their remaining matches to have a chance of displacing Sydney University for fifth. Will beat Randwick City but can they cause upsets at home against North Shore and Holroyd-Parramatta?
Prediction: Will win one, maybe two if they are lucky, of their remaining matches. Sixth.
The Run Home: Randwick City (A- catch up round), Holroyd-Parramatta (A), Wollondilly (H), Moorebank (A)
Analysis: Like UNSW/ES have an outside chance, but need to get on their bike given their poorer percentage compared to the top six sides. Should beat Randwick City this weekend before two tough games against the Goannas and Wollondilly.
Prediction: Their charge will end next weekend against the Goannas. Will remain seventh.
Below teams are out of finals contention
The Run Home: UTS (A- catch up round), Randwick City (H), Moorebank (A), UTS (H)
Prediction: While boasting a percentage greater than 100, they won’t be a feature in finals reckoning. May win two of their remaining matches but should stay in eighth.
The Run Home: UTS (A), Manly-Warringah (H), Campbelltown (H)
Prediction: A nice final fortnight at home to wrap up the season. Will avoid the wooden spoon, just...
The Run Home: Campbelltown (H- catch up round), Manly-Warringah (A), UNSW/ES (H), Sydney University (A)
Prediction: After being promoted last year, the Saints look set to head back to Division Five in 2015.