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League wide open after intriguing start

It’s been an intriguing start to the new ISPS Handa Premiership campaign with the top three sides from last season all failing to win in the first round proper while a pair of sides that finished outside the play-offs both secured three points.

Having started with a victory against Auckland City in last week’s Charity Cup, Team Wellington were looking for back-to-back wins at home to Eastern Suburbs but the defending champions were left empty-handed after suffering a 3-1 setback. Auckland are expected to be the most serious challengers to Wellington’s bid for a three-peat of titles but likewise find themselves with plenty of work to do after being held to a 2-2 draw by Southern United in Dunedin.

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Courtesy of NZ Football.

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