31.03.2008 – Nick Bailey 

Sydney University made a solid start to their 2008 NSW Super League campaign, grounding out a 0-0 away draw with Mount Druitt Town Rangers at Popendetta Park, Blackett on Sunday.

This year the Super League has been revamped, with the number of teams reduced from 14 to 12, and the premier rewarded with a place in the prestigious NSW Premier League.

Sydney Uni had emerged victorious from both meetings with the Rangers last year, but were happy to get a point under their belts in the opening fixture of the season.

A young Sydney Uni side hopes to push for the semi finals this season as they look to claim the title in the not too distant future.

“We’ve lost a few experienced players, but will be knocking on the door again,” Sydney Uni head coach Bruce Tilt said, “I hope the strength of the squad and last year’s experience will get us through the year. We’ve already identified 6-7 players in the under-20s who are training with the senior side. Over the next couple of years we will see Sydney Uni players coming through the ranks and one day push to be on top.”

In other Super League results: Fraser Park 5 def Fairfield 0; Liverpool 2 def Central Coast 1; Parramatta 1 def Rockdale 0; Bonnyrigg 1 drew with St.George 1.

In the Under 20’s Sydney Uni were less successful, going down 3-0 to Mt. Druitt.

This Saturday Sydney Uni will host Granville Rage in Round Two at Hensley Athletic Field, Eastgardens, with kickoff at 7:30pm. Granville are coming off a 3-1 defeat in Round One to 2007 runners-up Northern Tigers.