It's a huge weekend for football in the Illawarra, with the start of the Premier League action and another double-header involving the Wellington Phoenix and Wollongong Wolves.
The red Phoenix kit they wore for the victory over Perth Glory looked fantastic and it's exciting to see the Wolves colours in an A-League game.
If the weather clears this week, there should be a big crowd at WIN Stadium, particularly with hill set to reopen.
The Wolves were among the teams to miss out on a game with the heavy rain at the weekend, but will have the chance to build on the momentum from their 3-nil win over Mt Druitt, when they play Northbridge Bulls.
It's also an important week for the Wellington Phoenix, with Wednesday's game against Melbourne Victory, before Sunday's clash with Macarthur.
Six points would put the Phoenix right back in the finals race.
No doubt the Bulls will bring plenty of fans with them.
Sunday, WIN Stadium
WELLINGTON PHOENIX v MACARTHUR BULLS (4.05pm)
WOLLONGONG WOLVES v NORTHBRIDGE BULLS (1pm)
In the IPL, Bulli showed they'll be a title force this season with a 7-1 win over Shell Cove in the Frat Cup final.
With former NPL players Guy Knight and Nick Littler there, as well as the likes of Ben McDonald, Bulli cruised through the pre-season tournament, scoring 23 goals in five games.
But the IPL season will bring some fierce competition for the league title, particularly with Wollongong Olympic recruiting well.
Former Wolves players Chris Price and Josh McDonald, who was at Sydney United last year, as well as Justin Pasfield, will ensure Olympic are right up there.
And while the past couple of seasons has produced rising forces in the competition like Corrimal and Woonona, expect Wollongong United and Albion Park to be fighting for trophies. As long as the pitches can recover from the rain, the IPL season kicks off Friday night with Coniston hosting Corrimal at JJ Kelly Park. Olympic meet Bulli on Sunday at North Wollongong PCYC, in what should be a great contest.
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