NSW National Premier Leagues 2017 draws announced

DRAW: Blacktown City FC has learned its path to defending last season's NSW National Premier Leagues grand final triumph. Picture: Sebastian Giunta
DRAW: Blacktown City FC has learned its path to defending last season's NSW National Premier Leagues grand final triumph. Picture: Sebastian Giunta

Blacktown’s flagship football clubs will begin life in different divisions for the first time since 2011 this year.

Grand final-winners Blacktown City will look to defend its NSW National Premier Leagues Division 1 title in 2017, with Blacktown Spartans now relegated to Division 2.

City is set for a trip to Eastgardens in round one when it faces Hakoah Sydney City East on March 12.

The Demons’ first home match of the season will come in the second round when it hosts Sutherland Sharks.

Marquee clashes against arch-rivals Bonnyrigg White Eagles (away), Sydney FC (away) and minor premiers Sydney United 58 (home) are set down for rounds three, five and 11 respectively.

After the club’s four-year stay in the top flight ended in 2016, Spartans first match of the NSW NPL Division 2 will arrive on March 5 when it travels to Miranda to take on St George FC.

Central Coast Mariners will be the first visitors to Blacktown Football Park on March 11.

Spartans fans will look forward to a round five match-up with Western Sydney Wanderers at Edensor Park, a local clash against Mount Druitt Town Rangers (away) in round seven, and a renewal of rivalries with former heavyweight Marconi (home) in round 10.

CHAMPIONS: Blacktown Spartans reserve grade side defeated Manly United 1-0 in the 2016 grand final. Picture: Jeremy Ng/Football NSW

CHAMPIONS: Blacktown Spartans reserve grade side defeated Manly United 1-0 in the 2016 grand final. Picture: Jeremy Ng/Football NSW

The club’s successful women’s sides will kick off the season away to Northern Tigers on April 2.

Blacktown’s first grade hosts Macarthur Rams in round two 

Spartans enjoyed a momentous 2016 for their women’s program. Four out of the the club’s five grades qualified for grand finals, with three teams taking home the title.