Monthly Archives: August 2020

Newcastle Olympic: NPL Senior and WPL games postponed


First Grade, Reserve Grade and U18s games against Maitland Magpies scheduled on Saturday 8th August at Darling St Oval have been postponed.


Herald Women’s Premier League:
There are no WPL matches this weekend.

Newcastle Olympic take on Edgeworth Eagles in Round 7 of the season at Darling St Oval on Sunday 9th August.

U16s match is postponed
U15s kick off at 1:00 PM
U14s kick off at 11:00 AM
U13s kick off at 9:00 AM

Newcastle Olympic Zone League teams play Wallsend FC on Saturday 8th August at Cook Park.

First Grade kick off at 3:00 PM
Reserve Grade kick off at 1:00 PM

OVER 35s:
Newcastle Olympic Over 35s were to kick off at 7:00 PM at Islington Park vs Kahibah tonight but the game has been forfeited by the opponent.


U9s White Blue off at 12:30PM at LMRFF 2B vs Mid Coast FC North, Sunday 9th August.                                                                                                                        U9s White kick off at 10:00AM at LMRFF 3A vs Maitland on Sunday 9th August.
U10s White kick off at 10:00AM at LMRFF 3B vs Maitland on Sunday 9th Aug.
U10s Blue kick off at 2:00PM at LMRFF 2B vs Mid Coast South on Sunday 9th August
U11s White vs West Wallsend postponed due to Covid.                                                 U11s Blue kick off at 10:30AM at Lisle Carr Oval vs Charlestown on Saturday 8th August.
U12s NET kick off at 12:00AM at Lisle Carr Oval vs Charlestown on Saturday 8th August.

Community Juniors:
All Newcastle Olympic community games u6s to u8s have been called off. Our teams were to play either Merewether or Kotara but both of these clubs have called off their games due to Covid-19.

source: Tom Tsamouras

Herald Women’s Premier League: Newcastle Olympic are away to New Lambton in Round 7 of the competition


Confidence is high at Alder Park as the Eagles prepare to take on high-flying Newcastle Olympic in a Sunday afternoon twilight fixture.
New Lambton recorded its first win of the campaign against Thornton last week with coach Brad Jones excited to take on the highly-rated Olympic.
“As far as I’m concerned, the pressure’s all on them… [Newcastle Olympic] are the ones that everyone said were going to win the comp,” Jones said.
“I’m looking forward to it… it is a great opportunity for our girls to just stand up and show them what we’ve been working towards.”
The Eagles are expected to be unchanged for the clash, which kicks off at 4:40pm at Alder Park on Sunday afternoon.
“The competition for spots in both grades is sensational… the way the girls are approaching it is fantastic,” Jones said.
“I think our defensive pairing is going to be up for a big job… Jemma [House] has set the world on fire with the number of goals she scored… we can contain her and our back two do a good job.
“I think with our game plan, it should see us in a good frame to capitilise.”
Newcastle Olympic will head into the clash once again atop of the Herald Women’s Premier League table after a 6-2 win over Thornton on Wednesday night.
“Our midfield was strong on Wednesday… Thornton have a crowded defensive structure, so we had to strategically draw their defence out to play in behind,” Olympic coach Harmonie Attwill said.
Imogen Tusek is the only player under an injury cloud ahead of Sunday’s game, which will be a further opportunity for the women from Darling Street to cement their position as the team to beat in 2020.
“It will be another challenging game… we will need to be better defensively against New Lambton if we are to come away with three points,” Attwill said.
Olympic’s only loss of the campaign so far came against Merewether in round-two, with the side scoring 17 goals in the four games since that loss. During that same period, they’ve conceded just four.


Expect the unexpected this weekend when Merewether head to Thornton Park to take on the Redbacks.
On paper it would seem a tough task for the home side, who were beaten 6-2 by Newcastle Olympic in a mid-week catch up game on Wednesday.
Despite their successes over the last few years, the trip to Thornton Park has never been an easy one for the Llamas, who head into the clash within reach of top spot on the table.
“This is an important one for us… we’re very much a work in progress. The game against Warners Bay, I said to our team that the way that we played was actually a major step forward for us in our evolution,” Merewether coach Scott Ellis said.
“I was really happy with the changes I’m starting to see… for us, the focus will be trying to embed those some more and tweak some of what I started to see to get it to the end goal.”
On the field Ellis believes his midfield holds the key to success for the Llamas.
“Our midfield this year is completely different to last year… so, our big focus is getting them to understand their roles and their interactions,” Ellis said.
And while the result will be determined on the field, there is a unique storyline that will play out on the sidelines. Merewether coach Ellis and Thornton mentor Alan Primmer have more in common than most would expect.
“We coached against each other about 10 years ago… I’ve actually based a lot of my coaching philosophy on what I observed him doing,” Ellis said.
“It could almost be the master and apprentice in some ways.”

Warners Bay will look to bounce back after a disappointing loss to Merewether last weekend. The Panthers sit fourth on the Herald Women’s Premier League table but, pending other results, a loss could see them slip out of the top four.
“We definitely need the three points. So we need to be starting hard and finishing hard after that 90-minutes,” Warners Bay coach Craig Atkins said.
Jen Hoy returns for the clash with Adamstown having missed last weekend’s match due to illness. Her inclusion will add significant strike power to a side who struggled to convert opportunities last weekend.
“Everyone should be on deck for the weekend. Jen has recovered, she trained well last night, so we’re hoping to have her back on deck,” Atkins said.
“The final third is crucial. We obviously worked a lot on that on Tuesday night and we’ll work on that on Thursday night on the training ground.
“We just need to score goals and be more aggressive in and around the opposition’s 18-yard box.”
It is a busy weekend for Adamstown, who play Broadmeadow Magic in a round five catch-up game on Thursday evening, before they meet the Panthers on Sunday afternoon.
“The girls are feeling okay… a bit disappointed with the previous results but hoping to get a good result on Thursday,” Adamstown coach Ryan Campbell said.
“We have just focused on our finishing as well as how we attack and defend on set pieces as that has been a weak spot for us.”
Rosebud are expected to be unchanged for both games, excluding Olivia Sneddon, who remains sidelined due to injury.
When asked who holds the key to success across the weekend, Campbell said his forward line would be crucial in ensuring the side comes away with points.
“I think our attacking players are key in stepping up and taking some chances so we can get a lead and then be able to play with a bit more confidence,” Campbell said.

Broadmeadow’s rapid fire run of mid-week catch-up games continues on Thursday when they play the Rosebuds at Adamstown Oval. It is a short turnaround for the women in red, who this weekend face a Mid Coast side strong on form.
Broadmeadow sit fifth on the table but are within striking distance of fourth-placed Warners Bay and still have two games in hand over the Panthers.
Mid Coast head into the clash hoping to make it four from four in first grade, having not yet dropped a point since the competition returned from its COVID-19 suspension.
“Everyone’s pretty happy. It’s always good when you’re winning,” Mid Coast coach Mick Grass said.
Last weekend’s win over Adamstown was the latest in a string of strong performances that saw the young Mid Coast side play with a high level of composure and skill. That is something Grass wants to further develop.
“Just sharpening up on the ball… I think under pressure on Sunday we turned the ball over too much,” Grass said.
“We got away with the result but I’d like to see us hold on to the ball a bit longer.”
With opponents Magic not lacking strike power in attack, it is the backline Grass believes will decide whether his side continues its strong run of form.
“I think this weekend our backline is going to have to stand up… I think they’re going to come up against a bigger test this weekend,” Grass said.
“I think they’ll do a job for us… I’ll expect them to stand up to keep us in the game at times.”


NNSW NPL: Newcastle Olympic take on Maitland Magpies in Round 5 for the competition


Maitland will look to pick up their first away win of the season when they travel to Darling Street Oval to play Newcastle Olympic on Saturday.
The Magpies have been in sensational form at Cooks Square Park but have faltered in their two opening games on the road, going down to Edgeworth in round one and most recently to Weston on Wednesday night.
Weston took home the bragging rights in the Coalfields derby with a 1-0 win while Maitland was forced to play most of the fixture with 10 men.
On the other hand, Newcastle have shown impeccable fighting spirit highlighted by their come-from-behind 2-2 draw with Lambton last weekend. But their unbeaten start to the campaign came to an end to arch-rivals, Broadmeadow, on Wednesday night.
Tim Stewart’s goal of the season contender put them into an early lead against Magic but Olympic conceded three second-half goals to lose 3-1 at home to leave them with their first taste of defeat.
The two sides will be looking to return to the winner’s circle this weekend and maintain their spots in the top half of the table.
Looking at the last six encounters, each side has won twice while the other two matches were draws, although Olympic beat last year’s premiers 4-0 at Darling Street last season.
History shows these two teams provide close games while Newcastle interim-coach Alex Tagaroulias said he knows his side are in for another tough test.
“It’s a relief to come back but when you take a look at it, [the games] could have been a couple of wins that we could have had as well when we review it,” Tagaroulias said.
“We’re having to deal with a few injuries and suspensions but we are playing the teams that are around us and ahead of us so it is an opportunity to do something.
“The obvious [threat] is [Braedyn] Crowley and [Joel] Wood. We have to be mindful and have to block supply to them also.”


Plenty will be on the line when Adamstown travel to play a desperate Valentine side at Croudace Bay Complex on Sunday.
Both line-ups will believe they can achieve a valuable three points against an evenly-matched opposition.
Valentine are coming off a devastating 5-1 defeat to reigning premiers Maitland due to a second-half collapse to leave them bottom of the table.
The Rosebuds achieved a draw against Weston last round and now sit on four points from their opening games, leaving last year’s wooden spoon recipients pleased by their start to the year.
The two clubs also played rescheduled fixtures on Wednesday night with Valentine suffering another heavy 4-0 defeat at the hands of Lambton while the Rosebuds went down 2-1 to Lake Macquarie.
Adamstown has won four of the last six encounters against Valentine, while the two teams are used to battling away against one another finishing only a point apart last season.
Valentine will have fire in the belly to bounce back this weekend and achieve that maiden win. Co-coach Sam Griffin said his players needed to operate smarter in defence.
“We need to recognise moments in the game to attack and defend and pick our moments. I think we’re trying to get ourselves back in games too quick and leaving ourselves a bit exposed,” Griffin said.
“[Adamstown] is a massive game. I’ll back us in and we’ve got the people to do it while we know we have to earn every point, every goal.
“We need to start winning games and we understand the desperation that we need to show [to win].”
Adamstown are showing promising signs so far in 2020 with coach Shane Cansdell-Sherriff saying he expected more from the Rosebuds.
“We’ve got four points but performance-wise we haven’t been at our best. And we know where we need to be better,” Cansdell-Sherriff said.
“[With the three games] it’s all about looking after the body and advising them to look after themselves in between but we’ll rotate where we can and it helps to have five subs as we can make use of more players.
“[This weekend] will be a great opportunity to put things right and get some more points on the board.”

A colossal encounter between two giant Newcastle clubs will begin round five with Lambton playing home to Broadmeadow at Arthur Edden Oval.
Broadmeadow narrowly went down 1-0 to Edgeworth last weekend with a late Eagles goal a shattering blow to the Magic side who defended resolutely for 85 minutes.
But Magic bounced back tremendously on Wednesday night as the 2018 champions took on their traditional rivals, Newcastle Olympic, in a highly-entertaining local derby with Magic coming away with an impressive 3-1 win having come back from a goal down.
Meanwhile, Lambton re-discovered their goal scoring touch with a 4-0 victory over Valentine on Wednesday after playing out a draw against Newcastle Olympic last weekend.
Broadmeadow and Lambton sit second and third on the table respectively to provide an early season top-of-the-table clash having also qualified for the finals consecutively for the last three seasons.
Reigning Graham Jennings Medal recipient and Lambton midfielder Mitch Oxborrow will be facing his former side for the first time along with team-mate Kale Bradbery, to add to the already competitive rivalry.
Apart from the narrow defeat against Edgeworth, Magic is on a great run of form and coach Anthony Richards said it would be another intriguing contest for his young team against Lambton.
“We got a lot of positives out of the Edgeworth game. Our attitude and behaviour was fantastic. We worked out that out of last year’s game where they pumped us 6-1 at home we had 10 players that weren’t involved. So that’s a big turnaround,” Richards said.
“[Lambton] do have a star-studded side and bench and it’s going to be another tough game especially at the chocolate box [Arthur Edden Oval].
“We saw how our young players went on the weekend. Our young goalkeeper, who has just turned 20, Lachlan Watson, had the game of his life and David Ifield is probably our form player so it is another terrific test for our young players. They’re doing well.”

Lake Macquarie will host competitions leaders Edgeworth at Macquarie Field on Sunday.
Coming off two losses to start the year, the Roosters have kick-started their campaign with a couple of quality performances earning a draw against Charlestown Azzurri on the weekend before winning their first game of the season on Wednesday night.
Two fantastic Chris Berlin goals saw Lakes beat Adamstown 2-1 at Macquarie Field with the veteran striker notching three goals in the last two games for his new club.
Edgeworth have bolted out of the gates to lead the pack after four games winning all of them including a crucial 1-0 victory over Broadmeadow last weekend.
New interim player-coach Josh Rose got off to the perfect start but will now be without super-sub Daniel Fabrizio who moved to join Brisbane City in the NPL QLD.
The Eagles will look to their strength in numbers and aim to maintain their firm grip on first place with another three points on Sunday.

Weston and Charlestown will battle it out at Rockwell Automation Park on Sunday with the two sides boasting plenty of young, exciting attackers to set up another exciting fixture.
Weston will look to put back-to-back wins together for the first time this season after coming off a monumental 1-0 victory over Maitland in the ‘El-Clasicoal’ on Wednesday night.
The win lifted the Bears into the top five with Lucas Straker notching the all-important goal on his first-grade debut.
Azzurri is still chasing its first win of the new season with only a point to show from their opening four games, with the first point coming against Lake Macquarie last weekend.
Six points separate these two teams and Charlestown will want to bridge the gap given the significance of every game within the shortened season.
In the previous games between these two teams, both sides settled for a 2-2 draw last time at the home of the Bears while Weston won earlier on last season.
Weston’s Aaron Niyonkuru and Charlestown’s Riley Smith will be two key players in attack for their respective teams and will be ones to watch.


Herald Women’s Premier League: Newcastle Olympic crush Thornton 6-2

Herald Women’s Premier League Round 5  Thornton vs Newcastle Olympic

1st Grade Olympic won 6-2
Goals: Brooke Summers 2, Laura Hall 2, Danielle Nicol, Keely Gawthrop
Reserve Grade Olympic won 12-4

source: Tom Tsamouras

NNSW NPL ROUND3: Newcastle Olympic defeated 3-1 by Broadmeadow Magic

James Virgili and Sam Walker starred as Broadmeadow overcame a spectacular strike from rookie Tim Stewart to beat Newcastle Olympic 3-1 in their Northern NSW NPL catch-up game on Wednesday night.

Walker scored twice and Virgili converted from the penalty spot, after earlier setting up a goal, in the second half at Darling Street Oval in the round three fixture.

Magic looked the better side early, threatening in the third minute with a shot across the face of goal from Virgili. Cody Carroll’s 26th-minute header was knocked onto the woodwork by Olympic keeper Nate Cavaliere.

However, it was Olympic who struck first with an amazing 30-metre strike from Stewart. It was the teenage midfielder’s first NPL goal in just his fourth top-grade game.

Olympic striker Dino Fajkovic went close twice to doubling the lead early in the second half but Walker was next to score in the 54th minute. Virgili found space and delivered a cross which was spilled by Cavaliere, who then blocked a follow-up shot from Carroll only for Walker to knock home the rebound.

Rooke was brought down on the edge of the area in the 64th minute and Virgili slotted in the penalty.

Walker delivered the finishing touch for Broadmeadow in the 76th minute when Olympic failed to clear a rebound from another Carroll free kick. Olympic, who were already without Kyle Hodges, Blake Green and Tom Curran, lost striker Kent Harrison to injury moments earlier. Magic had Alex Kantarovski leave the field with a groin strain in the 13th minute.

The win took Magic to nine points and eased the pain of a 1-0 loss to Edgeworth on Sunday. Coach Anthony Richards was most pleased his side’s sound defence, which was breached only by Stewart’s wonder goal.

“I think that’s only the time our coaching staff have clapped a goal from the opposition, it was amazing,” Richards said.

He said Carroll, Rooke and Jeremy Wilson, who came on for Kantarovski, were among his side’s best.

“That was Jeremy’s first game back from illness and he was terrific,” he said. “Cody has been a bit quiet but he was back to his best tonight and Mitch was good again I thought.”

Also last night, Lambton Jaffas defeated Valentine 4-0 at Edden Oval, Lake Macquarie scored their first win of the year, downing Adamstown 2-1 at Macquarie Field, and the Bears beat a 10-man Maitland 1-0 at Weston Park.

Maitland lost James Thompson to a straight red card for referee abuse in the 37th minute.

Weston scored through Lukas Straker in the 69th minute off a cross from Chris Hurley.

Kale Bradbery scored in the fifth minute and in first-half injury time to set up the Jaffas’ victory over last-placed Valentine.

Kaleb Cox (68th) made it 3-0 and Scott Pettit scored from the spot in the 73rd after a handball from Phoenix.

Chris Berlin was the hero for Lake Macquarie against his former club, scoring in the sixth minute with a header and in the 33rd with a quality long-range strike.

Tallan Martin pulled one back for Adamstown in the 70th minute and Lakes lost Michael Bru to a second yellow card in the 83rd but the Roosters hung on to win.

Round five on the weekend features Jaffas against Magic at Edden Oval and Olympic versus Maitland at Darling Street Oval on Saturday. On Sunday, Lake Macquarie host Edgeworth, Valentine welcome Adamstown and Charlestown travel to Weston.


Herald Women’s Premier League Round 5: Newcastle Olympic travel to Thornton Redbacks

Newcastle Olympic take on Thornton Redbacks in the deferred Round 5 match which was washed out recently by washed by rain.

Thornton vs Newcastle Olympic
Tomorrow, Wednesday 5 August at Thornton Park
1st Grade kick off 8.00pm
Reserve Grade kick off 6.00pm

source: Tom Tsamouras



NNSW NPL Round 3: Newcastle Olympic take on Broadmeadow Magic at Darling St Oval in a deferred fixture

The deferred Round 3 fixture between Newcastle Olympic and Broadmeadow Magic will be held mid-week.

NNSW NPL Round 3  Olympic vs Broadmeadow Magic FC
Tonight, Tuesday 4 August at LMRFF
Reserve Grade kick off 6.00pm

Tomorrow, Wednesday 5 August at Darling St
1st Grade kick off 7.00pm

source: Tom Tsamouras

NPL:Newcastle Olympic come away with a 2-2 draw at Lambton Jaffas


Lambton Jaffas 2-2 Newcastle Olympic

Newcastle Olympic is quickly earning a reputation in becoming the comeback kings of the NPL NNSW, overturning another two-goal deficit, this time to draw 2-2 against Lambton Jaffas.
Olympic have had a horror record against the Jaffas in recent seasons and the match began to play out true to history’s form, with Lambton scoring two early goals.
Scott Pettit earned his side a penalty and calmly dispatched the spot-kick to open the scoring.
Pettit was again involved in the second, this time playing a dangerous ball into the box which was poorly cleared by Newcastle and lethal attacker Kale Bradbery, pounced to make it 2-0.
It looked plain sailing for Lambton in the opening stages but true to form, Olympic wasn’t going down without a fight.
The blue and white drew one back with a great ball whipped in by Jacob Cresnar and Jared Muller produced a fantastic, glancing header at the near post to beat Ben Kennedy in goal.
Olympic had the momentum as the second half began and Dino Fajkovic was looking dangerous going forward.
And it was Fajkovic who would level the scores with a thumping drive on the edge of the 18-yard-box to complete the turnaround for Newcastle.
Olympic continued to probe and finished the game strongly with a couple of half-chances but couldn’t get the all-important third goal to only settle with a draw.
The result leaves the Jaffas with a win, a draw and a loss from their opening games while Olympic remains unbeaten with a win and two draws.

Charlestown Azzurri 1-1 Lake Macquarie City 1
Charlestown and Lake Macquarie shared the points in a tense match of the round with the two clubs languishing at the bottom end of the table and looking to find match-winning form at Lisle Carr Oval on Sunday.
Lakes were fast out of the blocks and were rewarded with veteran forward Chris Berlin grabbing his first goal in Roosters colours for the new season.
Tyrell Paulson made a great effort through the centre of midfield before playing in Berlin who beat Nathan Archibold to the ball to open the scoring.
The away side was filled with confidence by the early goal and continued to create chances in the final third but could not capitalise to make it two.
Just before half-time Charlestown landed a sucker-punch as they equalised with Riley Smith producing a powering run down the right-wing before slipping in Jackson Frendo who put it past Stuart Plant to make it 1-1.
After the break, Lake Macquarie were still looking the more likely to take away the three points while Azzurri looked dangerous on the counter-attack with pace in behind, drawing the Roosters defenders into a few yellow cards.
Roosters midfielder Michael Bru had an excellent chance to put his team in the lead but flew his shot over the bar midway through the second half while shortly after Berlin went in on goal again but his touch let him down to squander another opportunity.
Lake Macquarie’s Ghanaian recruit Iman Akram had the best chance of the second half though going through one-on-one with the keeper before trying to lob Archibold but the ball narrowly went over the crossbar.
Riley Smith was continuing to be the main threat for Azzurri going forward while Lakes defender Beau Wilkins was shown a second yellow card leaving the Roosters to battle it out with 10 men for the final 10 minutes.
But 1-1 was how it would finish with the two outfits earning a draw, their first points of the season.
The two sides will feel a sense of relief to get their first point while Lake Macquarie coach Josh Rufo said he believed his side should have taken away more.
“I thought we dominated the game from start to finish. Even with 10 men, we had clear cut chances so it’s disappointing we didn’t get the three point. But a point away from home gets our season started,” Rufo said.
“It was probably the most consistent performance [out of the three games so far]. The difference today was we stuck to it for 90 minutes but we still didn’t win so when we do win, I’ll call that our best game.
“We’re trying to be more aggressive with our football and I think we look a lot more competitive and most people when they play us this year will know they’re in for a game. But still a long way to go.
“We’ll take all the positive out of that and move onto Wednesday [against Adamstown].”

Adamstown Rosebud 1-1 Weston Workers
Adamstown and Weston fought out at a 1-1 draw at Adamstown Oval with the Bears playing the majority of the second half with 10 men.
The Rosebuds got on the scoresheet first through Tyson Cummings who drove home a shot after Weston keeper Scott Carter parried the ball from a wide free-kick.
Weston couldn’t be kept quiet, knocking on the door for a goal and it was livewire Aaron Niyonkuru who notched his second goal of the campaign with an equaliser in the 47th minute.
Bears defender Jordan Jackson was shown a red card shortly after for a challenge on Adamstown’s Flynn Goodman leaving the away side a man short with a large chunk of the second half to play.
Rosebuds skipper Luke Rutledge and Niyonkuru both had excellent chances late in the game but the two sides would salvage a point.
The two clubs now sit on four points from their opening games ahead of midweek fixtures with Weston facing a red-hot Maitland and the Rosebuds taking on Lake Macquarie.

Maitland Magpies 5-1 Valentine FC
A second-half blitz from Maitland blew Valentine off the park as the Magpies recorded another significant 5-1 victory at Cooks Square Park on Sunday.
The first half was a scrappy affair with neither defence breached in the opening exchanges.
Maitland soon found their grove with Joel Wood opening the scoring in the early stages of the second half after clever work from James Thompson found the talisman in the box.
The striker would have a second soon after with Nick Cowburn finding the attacker in the box and Wood beat Danny Ireland to the ball to make it a quick-fire 2-0.
Valentine would draw one back with Ben Higgins getting on the scoresheet, tapping home from close range to give the Phoenix a fighting chance.
But it was all one-way traffic from then on as the reigning premiers flexed their muscle as the game opened up.
Clinical goalscorer Braedyn Crowley would have his goal as Mathew Swan played Crowley in on goal and he made no mistake, burying his opportunity.
Wood rounded off a brilliant hat-trick soon after while youngster Sam Webb put the icing on the cake to make it five in the 90th minute.
Maitland now look to be back to their best, amassing nine goals in their last two games while the loss for Valentine leaves them on the bottom of the table after three games.

Broadmeadow Magic 0-1 Edgeworth Eagles
A late Edgeworth goal was the sole difference in a titanic top-of-the-table clash at Magic Park.
The clubs sat first and second leading into this affair and it was a war of attrition in the first half with the two defences resolute allowing only one shot on target in the opening stages.
After the break, Edgeworth hit the ground running and looked likely to score, only to be denied twice by a couple of stunning Lachlan Watson saves.
Kristian Brymora had the best chance with the ball finding him in the box before the striker looked destined to score based on current form but Watson produced a massive save.
Edgeworth started to dial up the pressure, while Watson pulled off another top save pushing a Brymora header onto the bar.
But Edgeworth wasn’t to be denied with the champions recapturing that championship-winning formula to find a way to win.
Outgoing grand final hero Daniel Fabrizio struck a sweet shot with five minutes remaining to again score the winner in another massive game for the red and black.
The victory was the first for new interim player-coach Josh Rose in an extremely hard-fought battle between two quality teams.
Rose said it was a relief to get the first win in such a big fixture.
“[To win] especially against such a big rival and in such a big game is a really good feeling and it’s good to get that first win,” Rose said.
“When I took on the role last week I said to the boys my hardest job will be the starting line-up each week. We’ve probably got a good group of 14 or 15 that could easily start each week but all in all everyone wants to play every week.
“The boys have been fantastic, I thanked Keelan [Hamilton] for the smooth transition. Results are the biggest thing in this environment and he got us three from three and to now go from four from four sets us up for a good year.”


WPL Herald Women’s Premier League: Newcastle Olympic draw with Broadmeadow Magic 2-2

Newcastle Olympic 2 -2 Broadmeadow Magic
It was a debut of a different kind at Darling Street Oval on Sunday afternoon as Newcastle Olympic hosted Broadmeadow Magic for the first time in the Herald Women’s Premier League.
The traditional derby didn’t disappoint either, with the bruising encounter finishing in a 2-2 draw.
Early momentum favoured visiting Broadmeadow as Lucy Jerram put Magic in front within the opening 10 minutes before Kobie Ferguson doubled the advantage from the penalty spot.
“I thought the girls were excellent in the first half and fought hard in the second half,” Broadmeadow coach Jake Curley said.
The momentum quickly altered however as Kalista Hunter was sent from the field just a matter of minutes shy of the break for a professional foul.
“It changed the game completely but I was happy with how the girls stood up and continued playing,” Curley said.
The second half was vastly different to the first as Newcastle Olympic turned up the intensity.
Georgia Amess provided the perfect service for Brooke Summers to move the home side back into the contest before Jemma House showed why she is the competition’s leading scorer with a cracking goal from a free kick.
“We sort of underperformed in the first half… but credit to the girls they continued to work hard and get themselves back in the match,” Olympic coach Harmonie Attwill said.
“The quality of our first half we were just turning the ball over too quickly. We weren’t really making the most of any opportunities we had.
“We would have loved to win but to be 2-0 down at half-time and to work hard enough to come back and sneak away with a point [was pleasing]. We’ve had a couple of tough games but nothing like what we got today.”
Both sides now switch their focus to mid-week fixtures. Olympic are scheduled to play Thornton on Thursday, while Magic take on Adamstown on Wednesday.
“[We’ve got] only one session before the mid-week game to work on a few things and to give the girls a break,” Curley said.

Thornton Redbacks 0-5 New Lambton
New Lambton recorded its first win in season 2020 buoyed by the debut of Adriana Jones in Eagles colours on Sunday afternoon.
The Eagles were too good for Thornton in a performance coach Brad Jones believes is just a sign of things to come from his young squad.
“We’ve identified a few elements to our game that we consider that we’re really good at. Our passing game is good, our player movement is good, we’re just concentrating on that all the way up the park,” he said.
“I was so pleased for the girls that this week they can actually see an outcome. They can see that what we’re doing actually works.”
Sophie Stapleford bagged a brace for the home side while Taylah Bryde, Tahlia Gossner and Ellie Jones also found the scoresheet.
“The football was good. We were fluid, we executed… I think our midfield combination of Lisa Cochrane, Tahlia Gossner, Emmeline Pepper was really good.”
Up 4-0 at half-time, the Eagles had a number of strong chances in the second half but could only manage the one goal past Thornton keeper Danielle Redding.
The proposition of a clash with leaders Olympic on Sunday is one that Eagles coach Brad Jones is looking forward to.
“I’m actually excited that we’ve got Olympic next week. At the end of the day they’re the headlines, they’re the ones expected to be winning this comp. We take confidence from a good day’s football into a game that we have no pressure,” Jones said.
Despite the result, Thornton coach Alan Primmer drew a number of positives from the clash. But the loss of noted attacker Susan Randall to a knee injury inside the opening 20 minutes proved another blow in what was a tough day in the office.
“Jaz Hughes worked her butt of as usual. Luci Maddison did a great job on AJ and Danielle Redding in goals kept the score down,” Primmer said.
“[Randall] was looking threatening and had gotten in behind a couple of times already.”
Thornton next face Olympic on Thursday, before they host Merewether on Sunday.
“We have training tomorrow night. [We] have to change a couple of things as we’ve lost Susan [Randall] for a while and a couple of girls have work,” Primmer said.

Mid Coast FC 4-2 Adamstown Rosebud
Mid Coast made it three wins in a row on Sunday afternoon as they came from behind early to defeat Adamstown at Taree Zone Field. The win moves Middies into third on the ladder.
“There’s a lot of belief in the girls now… after three in a row, it’s been a while since the club’s had three in a row in first grade, so the girls are really believing in what they’re doing right now,” Mid Coast coach Mick Grass said.
Adamstown were first to find the scoresheet in the entertaining fixture but quickly relinquished the lead as Mid Coast asserted a level of dominance over the visiting Rosebud.
“Mid Coast showed a lot of energy and effort and they made it really tough for us. And they took their chances really well,” Adamstown coach Ryan Campbell said.
“We didn’t play poorly… it was one of those games you couldn’t get any rhythm or momentum, because the game kept stopping over and over.
“They were probably just a bit more clinical when they got their chances at key moments.”
Courtney Anderson bagged a brace for the home side, who according to Grass scored the 4-2 win off the back of a strong performance from his midfield.
“I thought our midfield were excellent today. Nicki Learoyd in the middle of the park, I thought she was great… they all stood up and did a really good job,” Grass said.
“Our ability to keep pressure on the ball was what got us home.”
The thought of testing his side against the top-rated teams in the competition does not daunt Grass, who now turns his attention to Sunday’s clash with Broadmeadow Magic. The following week Middies play top of the table Newcastle Olympic.
“They’re some of the top teams [Magic and Olympic] and we’ll gauge ourselves off them. We play Broadmeadow next week, so we will really see where we’re at then,” Grass said.
For Adamstown it was once again a case of lacking polish in the final third. Rosebud now shift their focus to Wednesday’s catch up game against Broadmeadow Magic.
“We’re doing quite well from a competitive point of view and a playing point of view but we’re not necessarily taking our chances when we get them,” Campbell said.
“We just prepare as normal. We’ve just got to get a little bit of confidence from somewhere.”

Warners Bay 0-2 Merewether United
Sunday afternoon’s much anticipated clash between Warners Bay and Merewether may not have lived up to the high-scoring affair many had expected but proved just as exciting for the small crowd on hand at a warm John Street Oval.
Tamara Nash continued her strong run of form for the llamas. She opened the account for the visitors within minutes of the kick-off. Nash’s goal was one of few genuine chances in the opening half as both sides struggled to execute in the final third.
“The first half we had a lot of opportunities that we didn’t take. We were camped on the edge of Warners Bay’s box for quite a while but we just couldn’t find the finish,” Merewether coach Scott Ellis said.
“To be honest it was a bit of an ugly win.”
Warners Bay looked the more likely to score after the break but, without striker Jen Hoy who was ruled out late due to illness, the Panthers couldn’t make it count where they needed.
“I thought the girls dominated large parts of that match but as you know you’ve got to score goals to win matches,” Warners Bay coach Craig Atkins said.
“Lots of positives… I can’t really fault the girl’s performance bar the final third. We’ve still got a lot of work to do there.”
Merewether closed out the result late as Nicki Jones combined with Rhali Dobson to extend the margin to two goals.
“Rhali hasn’t scored yet but she’s had a massive impact on just about everything,” Ellis said.
The final third is set to remain the focus for both sides as the competition nears the halfway mark.
“We’re lacking that anticipation… instead of watching the ball, we need to be looking forward and anticipating its going to there and make those runs,” Atkins said.
“We’ve just got to back ourselves that little bit more.”
For Ellis, the Merewether coach was adamant there was more improvement to come from his squad.
“Even though we won it felt like a draw. That’s because the girls thought the result could have been better,” Ellis said.
“We’ve still got a long way to go to get to where we want to be and I’m starting to see glimpses of it.”


Newcastle Olympic teams dominant over another weekend of football

On Saturday Newcastle Olympic took on Lambton Jaffas at Arthur Edden in Round 4 of the competition and came away with two victories and a draw.

1st Grade drew 2-2
Goals: Jared Muller, Dino Fajkovic
2nd Grade Olympic won 2-1
Under 18s Olympic won 2-1


WPL Herald Women’s Premier League:
On Sunday Newcastle Olympic WPL teams met Broadmeadow Magic at Darling St Oval and came away with three emphatic wins and a draw!

1st Grade drew 2-2
Goals: Brooke Summers, Jemma House

Reserve Grade Olympic won 4-1
Under 17s Olympic won 7-1
Under 14s Olympic won 12-0

Newcastle Olympic travelled to Weston in Round 6 of the season and had no problem returning with four comfortable wins.

Under 16s Olympic won 6-0
Under 15s Olympic won 5-2
Under 14s Olympic won 10-0
Under 13s Olympic won 6-0

Newcastle Olympic Zone League teams played New Lambton on Saturday at Islington Park but suffered two losses!
1st Grade lost 3-0
2nd Grade lost 3-2

OVER 35s:
Newcastle Olympic Over 35s played at Chapman Oval No2 against Swansea on Friday night and had no difficulty winning 3-1.

Newcastle Olympic SAP U9s, U10s, and U11s played West Wallsend, Cooks Hill, Charlestown, HVF Girls and Jets girls over the weekend and played some outstanding football as well as recording some very high scoring wins.
Newcastle Olympic U12s NET met Adamstown on Saturday and had no problem earning a 7-0 victory.

Community Juniors:
Newcastle Community juniors played Round 5 of the season on Saturday against South Wallsend, Adamstown, Medowie and Stockton. Our young Olympians produced some great displays, and entertained their coaches, parents and themselves.

source: Tom Tsamouras