WPL Trial: Newcastle Olympic girls edged out by West Wallsend 2-1


Newcastle Olympic WPL First Grade

Newcastle Olympic girls took on West Wallsend at Johnson Park today and were narrowly defeated by 2-1.


14s West Wallsend NL1 v 14s Newcastle Olympic FC WPL  8-0

15s West Wallsend NL1 v 17s  Newcastle Olympic FC WPL  7-1

16s West Wallsend NL1 v Reserves Newcastle Olympic FC WPL  8-0

1st Grade West Wallsend NL1 v Newcastle Olympic FC WPL 2-1

Source: Tom Tsamouras

Trial Games: Newcastle Olympic NPL Youth enjoy a great hit out against Cook Hill

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Newcastle Olympic NPL Youth teams enjoyed a great hit out against Cooks Hill this afternoon. Playing an age group up, these trial games were of great benefit to Olympic as well as Cooks Hill players.


11.30am   Olympic u12s vs Cooks Hill u13s  3-0

12.45pm   Olympic u13s vs Cooks Hill u14s  2-0

2.00pm   Olympic u14s vs Cooks Hill u15s    3-1

3.15pm   Olympic u15s vs Cooks Hill u16s    2-0

4.45pm   Olympic u16s vs Cooks Hill u18s    5-0

source: Tom Tsamouras

Jemma House has signed with Newcastle Olympic for 2020 Herald Women’s Premier League

Jemma House

KEY RECRUIT: Former Emerging Jet Jemma House will play for Newcastle Olympic in Herald Women’s Premier League. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

There is no denying the acquisition of Jets striker Jenna Kingsley will prove pivotal to Newcastle Olympic’s championship aspirations but the signing of a lesser-known player has coach Harmonie Attwill equally excited.

In her first Herald Women’s Premier League coaching role Attwill has assembled a crack squad and on paper Olympic are looking the team to beat.

The Northern NSW National Premier League club have taken over Wallsend’s WPL licence and the bulk of the Red Devils squad have made the move.

While Jets midfielder Libby Copus-Brown is a notable loss, they have picked up strike weapon Kingsley from Warners Bay and retained former W-League players Olivia Kennedy and Alesha Clifford.

The trio share a wealth of experience and will be key to any success. But the addition of former Emerging Jet Jemma House bolsters Olympic further.

House has been playing in the United States college system for the past four years and was last seen in WPL in an impressive eight-match cameo for Warners Bay in 2016. The striker is expected to combine with Kennedy and Kingsley for a lethal Olympic attack.

The Pelaw Main 23-year-old returned to Australia in December and turned up at Olympic’s WPL trials.

“She’s a great pick up for us,” Attwill said. “Her knowledge and her touch … she could play W-League. She’s really solid on the ball, has really good vision and her touch is impeccable. I’m really excited to see her play.”

House played two seasons with Laramie County Community College before joining University of Wyoming then Nova Southeastern University in Florida. She played NCAA Division 1 and 2 and is keen to see how her time there translates in the WPL.

“I’m excited to see how the competition is from 2016 until now and to see how it’s developed,” House said.

“We haven’t had a game yet but I think we’re looking really good and the season is going to be really fun with the group of girls that we have and it’s exciting to see how we’ll go.”

W-League is a goal for House. Jets striker Lauren Allan chose a similar pathway, playing US college football before returning to have a break-out season with New Lambton that earned her a W-League contract.

“I was in a place in my soccer career where I wanted something different, so I went for it and it came at the right time for me,” she said.

“It was good. I am looking at potentially taking that next step, but I’ve been out of the Australian soccer program for a little while, so I’m just going to play to my best potential then see where that takes me.”

Olympic have also picked up midfielders Tulia Palozzi and Imogen Tusek and fullback Emily Frost. Palozzi and Frost return to WPL after a few seasons off and Tusek was part of Merewether’s then New Lambton’s championship-winning squad in 2018 and 2019 respectively.

The WPL has lost several big-name players this season with Jets Tara Andrews, Cassidy Davis, Allan and Copus-Brown all heading to NSW NPL Women’s.

The WPL is scheduled to start on March 6 with Broadmeadow, who have signed former leading scorer and W-League player Adriana Jones, hosting Warners Bay. The game may however now be rescheduled after news the Matildas will play Vietnam in an Olympic qualifier at McDonald Jones Stadium that night.

Olympic open their 2020 campaign in Taree against Mid North Coast on March 8.

“Our goal is to absolutely make finals,” Atwill said. “That would be a major disappointment if we didn’t make that … with the quality we have in the squad there’s no reason why we shouldn’t. Anything beyond that would be a bonus.

“For us, there’s a lot of quality on the park and there’s a lot of experience but we need to make sure as a squad that we really put that into action. We can all the names on a piece of paper but at the end of the day if we can’t play as a team and put forward the things that we’re doing at training and play how we want to play then we’re just a team of individuals.”

Source: https://www.newcastleherald.com.au

WPL Trial: Newcastle Olympic take on West Wallsend


Newcastle Olympic girls take on West Wallsend at Johnson Park, West Wallsend on Sunday 16th February 2020.

11:00am – 14s West Wallsend NL1 v 14s Newcastle Olympic FC WPL

12:30pm – 15s West Wallsend NL1 v 17s  Newcastle Olympic FC WPL

2:00pm – 16s West Wallsend NL1 v Reserves/1sts  Newcastle Olympic FC WPL

Source: Tom Tsamouras

Newcastle Olympic establishes its own Newcastle Olympic Football Academy


Newcastle Olympic wishes to announce the establishment of the Newcastle Olympic Football Academy (NOFA). The Academy (NOFA) will serve the needs of individual players regardless of age, team, or development phase. The training will be based on developing attributes that are consistent with NOFC’s philosophy and ethos regarding technical ability, work ethic, and personal character.

NOFA will provide various services including a skill enhancement program (SEP) and a pathway development program (PDP).

At this point, some of you will have received notification from Northern NSW Football that your son or daughter has been included in their Talent Support Program (TSP).
In an effort to provide supplementary group training to our remaining players, we have developed a club-based Pathway Development Program. Similar to the Northern NSW TSP, our program will be for 10-weeks and will be offered to all SAP/NPL players in the 10-15 years age groups and WPL players in the 14-17 years age groups. Sessions will be on Monday afternoons/evenings (at Darling St Oval).

The training sessions will be undertaken by senior NOFC staff coaches, and there will be guest coaches (from without the club) at selected times throughout the program.
The Academy (NOFA) will also provide supplementary training to younger age groups (6-9s) through our Skill Enhancement Program (SEP), and our 16s age group will be able to undertake supplementary training with the senior teams (mainly 18s) on a rotation basis.

Furthermore, NOFA will run a summer program for SAP age players (9-12s) from within and without the club.

If your child/player would like to undertake the first 10-week PDP cycle, please contact me so that I can provide further information regarding logistics and payment details. Attached to this letter is a brief outline of the Newcastle Olympic Football Academy’s PDP, SEP and Summer program.


Alex Tagaroulias                                                                                                                     Technical Director, NOFC alex.tagaroulias@nofc.com.au                                                           0497-897 716



Pathway Development Program (PDP)
Program Themes:
1. Play with both feet
2. Play the ball quickly
3. Receive the ball to face forward (as often as possible)
4. Protect the ball effectively
5. Play in and out of tight areas
6. Win the ball back (as soon as you can after you have lost it)
7. Close down opponents quickly
8. Get where you can see your opponent and the ball
9. Constant scanning
10. Communication and leadership

ORGANISATION: Group skills, 10-18 players per group
LENGTH: 10 weeks/program
COST: $120 per player/program
DAY/TIME: Monday 5.00-6.15pm and 6.15-7.30pm
PLACE: Darling St Oval (Training Field)

Skill Enhancement Program (SEP)
Program Themes:
1. Striking the ball (short passing)
2. First touch (away from opponent)
3. Striking the ball (long passing)
4. 1v1 (turning)
5. Running with the ball (away from opponent)
6. First touch (towards next action)
7. 1v1 (protecting the ball)
8. Striking the ball (finishing)
9. Running with the ball (towards opponent)
10. 1v1 (defending)

ORGANISATION: Isolation or group training, 1-6 players LENGTH: Assessed by coach
COST: $25-50 per player/session – depending on size of group
DAY/TIME: Friday 5.00-6.15pm
PLACE: Darling St Oval (Training Field)

Summer Program 9-12s competition:
§ Invite NOFC and other identified local players to participate in 10-week program
§ Mixed teams (age, gender, club)
ORGANISATION: Weekly 6-a-side competition games
LENGTH: 10 weeks, Oct-Dec
COST: $120 per player
DAY/TIME: Midweek / 5.30pm-7.00pm

source: Tom Tsamouras

Trial Game:Newcastle Olympic vs Newcastle Jets Youth


Newcastle Olympic First Grade are taking on Newcastle Jets Youth at 4 pm, at Darling St Oval on Sunday 16th February 2020.

source: Tom Tsamouras

Trial Games: Cook Hill vs Newcastle Olympic Youth NPL


Newcastle Olympic are playing Cooks Hill in a number of trial matches on Sunday 16th February 2020 at National Park Oval No.4

Kick off times are as follows:

11.30am   Olympic u12s vs Cooks Hill u13s.

12.45pm   Olympic u13s vs Cooks Hill u14s.

2.00pm   Olympic u14s vs Cooks Hill u15s.

3.15pm   Olympic u15s vs Cooks Hill u16s.

4.45pm   Olympic u16s vs Cooks Hill u18s.

If weather is not good for Sunday, games may be moved to Monday and Tuesday.

source: Tom Tsamouras

Trial Game: Newcastle Olympic vs Sydney Olympic Youth NPL matches cancelled due to weather

Newcastle vs Sydney Olympic

All Youth NPL matches scheduled for Sunday at the Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility between Newcastle Olympic and Sydney Olympic have been cancelled due to the bad travel conditions due to the weather.

Trial Results:
1st Grade: Newcastle Olympic – Sydney Olympic 2-7
Goals: Green, Pettit – Kekeris, Petratos 2, Ferreira, Lokolingoy, Madonis, Angel

Reserve Grade: Newcastle Olympic – Sydney Olympic 1-6

Source: Tom Tsamouras

Trial: Newcastle Olympic vs Sydney Olympic fixtures transferred to LMRFF


Due to the predicted heavy rain over the next few days, all matches between Newcastle Olympic FC and Sydney Olympic FC on this coming Saturday 8th February, and Sunday 9th February have been transferred to the LMRFF at Speers Point, with the following kick off times:

Saturday 8th February at LMRFF Newcastle Olympic NPL V Sydney Olympic NPL
Game 1 Reserves kick off 2.00pm- Game 2 1st Grade- Kick off 4.00pm 

Sunday at LMRFF- Newcastle Olympic Youth NPL V Sydney Olympic Youth NPL

12 noon-  Kick off- U13s and U15s

1.30pm-   Kick off- U14s and U16s

3.00pm–   Kick off- U18s kick off.

Source: Tom Tsamouras

Trial Game: Newcastle Olympic take on Sydney Olympic


NSW heavy weights Sydney Olympic will travel to Newcastle to face their namesake Olympic for the first time. It should feature some great football. Full canteen facilities will be available on both days

Saturday 8 February
⚽️1st Grade kick off 4.00pm
⚽️Reserve Grade kick off 2.00pm

Sunday 9 February
⚽️Under 18s kick off 3.00pm
⚽️Under 16s kick off 1.30pm
⚽️Under 15s kick off 12.00pm
⚽️Under 14s kick off 10.30am
⚽️Under 13s kick off 9.00am

Source: Tom Tsamouras