The Hills United men’s team have had a tremendous turn around in fortunes to lift the coveted NSW Football League One title. They have secured promotion to the elite NPL NSW Men’s competition for the first time in their history and can’t wait to show that they belong at this level next year.
After struggling last season, Hills United, established in 1989, have been crowned champions this year, with one match in hand as their closest rivals, Bonnyrigg White Eagles and St George cannot overhaul their tally of 63 points from 29 matches.
Hills United defeated hosts Hakoah FC 2-0 last weekend to seal their title. Superb goals from Nathan Rayner (44th) and Wade Giovenali (94th) capped a professional performance in their penultimate game. Darcy Ellem played a leading role in in both goals.
Hills United won 19, lost four and drawn six matches in a season where they have been the pacesetters. They will be able to celebrate in style when they meet Bonnyrigg at Landen Stadium, Seven Hills, this Saturday at 7pm. There are no finals for the men’s competition this season.
Meanwhile, The Hills United women’s side are lying third in the FNSW League One with two matches remaining. They are on 50 points and in no position to close the gap with the top two teams, UNSW (62) and Central Coast Mariners (61). Hills United take on Nepean FC at Cooks Park, St Marys, this Sunday at 3pm, with their final league match against Mt Druitt Town Rangers at Bella Vista Public School, on September 3, at 3:45pm.