Newcastle Olympic NPL fall 3-1 to Edgeworth while WPL triumph 4-0 over Broadmeadow Magic

On Sunday Newcastle Olympic contested Round 11 with Edgeworth at Darling St Oval. First Grade were in the match for most of the game with the score locked at 1-1 but a late flurry allowed the visitors to come away with a 3-1 win.

First Grade lost 3-1

Goal: Jared Muller
Reserve Grade won 3-0

On Saturday 19th September
U18s won 8-0 over Valentine

On Sunday Newcastle Olympic took on Broadmeadow Magic in Round 13 of the competition at Magic Park and were run away winners 4-0

First Grade won 4-0

Goals: Jemma House 3, Georgia Amess
Reserve Grade won 2-1
U17s won 4-1
U14s won 6-0

On Saturday Newcastle Olympic NPL Youth teams were away to Adamstown in Round 15 of the competition and came away with three wins and a loss.

U16s lost 3-2
U15s won 9-0
U14s won 3-0
U13s won 3-1

Newcastle Olympic zone teams take on New Lambton in Round 12 on Saturday 19th September at Islington Park .

First Grade lost 6-4
Reserve Grade drew 1-1

Over 35s:
Newcastle Olympic O35s took on Swansea in Round 12 of the competition at Islington Park on Friday night and defeated them by 5-2.


U9s, U10s, and U11s SAP teams were at Darling St Oval, and LMRFF over the weekend and played against Edgeworth, Macquarie Girls, Valentine, Lambton Jaffas and Jets Girls and put up some great performances and results. Congratulations to both players and coaches.

U12s NET played away at Adamstown and came away with a 3-1 victory. Congratulations to players and coaches.

Community Juniors:
Newcastle Community juniors played Round 12 of the season on Saturday at Walker Field, Adamstown Oval, Yulong Oval and Corroba Oval against South Wallsend, Adamstown, Medowie and Stockton. All our teams played well and are a tribute to their coaches, parents and the club.

source: Tom Tsamouras

NPL seniors welcome Edgeworth Eagles to Darling St Oval while WPL are away to Broadmeadow Magic this weekend

On Sunday 20th September Newcastle Olympic contest Round 11 with Edgeworth at Darling St Oval.

First Grade kick off at 2.30PM
Reserve Grade kick off at 12:15PM

On Saturday 19th September
U18s kick off at 12:30PM vs Valentine at LMRFF

On Sunday 20th September Newcastle Olympic take on Broadmeadow Magic in Round 13 of the competition at Magic Park.

First Grade kick off at 3:00PM
Reserve Grade kick off at 12:50PM
U17s kick off at 10:50AM
U14s kick off at 9:00AM

On Saturday 19th September Newcastle Olympic NPL Youth teams away to Adamstown in Round 15 of the competition.

U16s kick off at 3:00PM
U15s kick off at 1:00PM
U14s kick off at 11:00AM
U13s kick off at   9:00AM

Newcastle Olympic zone teams take on New Lambton in Round 12 on Saturday 19th September at Islington Park .

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

Over 35s:
Newcastle Olympic O35s take on Swansea in Round 12 of the competition at Islington Park on Friday 18th  September. Kick off is at 7:00PM

U9s Blue kick off at 9:00AM at Darling St Oval vs Edgeworth, on Sunday 20th September

U9s White kick off at 9:00AM at LMRFF vs Macquarie Girls, on Saturday 19th September.

U10s White kick off at 9:00AM at Darling St Oval vs Valentine Orange, on Sunday 20th September

U10s Blue kick off at 9:00AM at Darling St Oval vs Valentine Blue, on Sunday 20th September.

U11s White kick off at 10:30AM at Darling St Oval vs Lambton Jaffas on Sunday 20th September

U11s Blue kick off at 10:30AM at Darling St Oval vs Jets Girls on Sunday 20th September.     

U12s NET kick off at 11:45AM at Adamstown Park 2 vs Adamstown on Saturday 19th Sept..

Community Juniors:
Newcastle Community juniors play Round 12 of the season on Saturday 19th September.

U6s/01 kick off at 9:00AM at Walker Field against South Wallsend
U6s/02 kick off at 11:30AM at Adamstown Pk 2A against Adamstown
U6s/03 kick off at 9:30AM at Adamstown Pk 2A against Adamstown
U7s/01 kick off at 9:30AM at Adamstown Pk 2B against Adamstown
U7s/02 kick off at 10:30AM at Adamstown Pk 2B against Adamstown
U8s/01 kick off at 12:15AM at Adamstown (Mandalong) against Adamstown
U8s/02 kick off at 9:00AM at Yulong Oval against Medowie
U8s/03 kick off at 9.30AM at Corroba Oval 2 against Stockton

source: Tom Tsamouras


Herald WPL: Newcastle Olympic travel to Broadmeadow Magic in Round 13 of the competition



Locked at the top of the Herald Women’s Premier League table, the result of Sunday’s clash between competition heavyweights Broadmeadow Magic and Newcastle Olympic will likely decide who wins this year’s premiership.

It is not just the premiership on the line either with the losing side a chance of falling to third, where they would forfeit a second chance in the finals series. In week one of the finals, first will play second in a non-elimination semi-final while third will play fourth in an elimination clash.

“It’s probably the same preparation for us every week. We just do our own stuff and just see what happens on the weekend,” Magic coach Jake Curley said.

Curley identified maintaining possession, playing in behind and creating opportunity as critical to his side’s hopes of claiming the three points.

“We also need a good defensive performance against Olympic. We’ve been working on that for the past two nights,” Curley said.

“I’m just happy for the girls. Generally they do all the work. At the moment they’re sort of coaching themselves because they know what I want them to do.”

There is no love lost between the two sides, with the rivalry between Olympic and Magic well engrained in Newcastle football. A large, vocal crowd is expected for the match after the first battle between the pair in the Herald Women’s Premier League resulted in a 2-2 draw earlier in the season.

Georgia Amess, Georgia Little and Sophie O’Brien all return for Olympic, with coach Harmonie Attwill determined not to get caught up in the premiership hype.

“We’ve done the hard work throughout the season and it’s just a matter of putting it together on the day. I have every faith in each player that they can do the job,” Attwill said.

“I said to the girls this week at training this isn’t a game for the minor premiership, this is just a game. You’ve got to be conscious of not putting too much pressure on the players either. It’s just another round game.”

Olympic’s second half form has been an impressive feature of its campaign but Attwill knows her side will need to deliver for all 90 minutes if they are to secure three points.

“We need to play well in the first half. We know they can score goals against us. We can also score goals against them so it is a pretty even playing field.

“There can’t be any lapses of concentration.”



Merewether United find themselves in the unenviable position of needing other results to fall in their favour if they are to secure the premiership.

Heading into their double header with Mid Coast FC last weekend, the Llamas remained favorites to win the title but were left reeling after a loss and a draw to fifth-placed Middies.

Merewether will now need to not only win both of their remaining fixtures but need the winner of Sunday’s clash between Broadmeadow Magic and Newcastle Olympic to be defeated in the final round if they are to claim the silverware. Magic face Mid Coast while Olympic play New Lambton.

“We just need to get the job done against Warners Bay and hope that things go our way,” Merewether coach Scott Ellis said.

Ellis remained tight lipped on the final makeup of his side, with the weekend’s physical encounter taking its toll on his side.

Ellie Withers and Isabella Ramzan-Levy are expected to return for the clash with Warners Bay, while proven goal scorer Jamee Ellis is again unavailable for selection.

“They’re a very experienced group. The senior players have all been down this path before. It’s really just a case of making sure everyone is good for the finals,” Ellis said.

“We’ve just got to be aware of Warners Bay’s attack and the way their attack catches some teams out. I think we won’t have too many problems scoring, we just need to keep them quiet.”

At the other end, Warners Bay will look to secure its spot in the final four with two rounds remaining. A win for the Panthers would see them hold onto fourth spot heading into the final round, while a loss could see the side drop into fifth, one-point behind Mid Coast.

According to coach Craig Atkins, his side will need to execute the simple things if they are to score points against the Llamas.

“We’ve been playing some really good football. Some of those lapses we’ve had, we seemed to have worked away from them,” Atkins said.

“Against a team like Merewether you’ve got to do the simple things right. It has to be one massive effort from everyone.”

It’s a similar state of affairs to the last time these two sides met, with the Llamas and Panthers third and fourth on the table. In round seven it was Merewether who walked away 2-0 winners.

“I’ve been really impressed with the way the new girls have come in, gelled with the current group that is there. I’ve just felt that they’ve improved individually and as a team,” Atkins said.

“I think we’ve come a long way but we’ve still got a fair way to go which is exciting.”



Thornton will look to farewell Thornton Park in style when they host New Lambton on Sunday in what will be the last Herald Women’s Premier League game played at the ground.

Thornton will transition its WPL program to Maitland FC next year.

It is a historic moment for the club who, despite disappointing results in first grade, have pushed hard to develop the next generation of footballers in the Hunter Valley.

Sunday’s clash will also be the last home game for a number of key volunteers who have been instrumental at the Redbacks, including an individual coach Al Primmer described as “the best manager in the business.”

“Desiree Edwards has been the glue that has kept the club [and] girls together from before WPL,” Primmer said.

It is also a special day for Luci Maddison and Celeste Ortega Edwards, who have been with the club from the outset. As for the 90 minutes on Sunday, Primmer said it would need to be a complete performance at both ends if they were to walk away with a win.

“Madi Gallegos at the front with her work rate and Danielle Redding at the back, if both find what they produced last weekend [against Olympic], it will go a long way for us to get some points,” Primmer said.

New Lambton will look to spoil the party when they travel to Thornton on Sunday. The Eagles last win came against the Redbacks in round six.

“They’re going to go out all guns blazing knowing it is there last game at Thornton. We don’t expect to take them lightly in any grade,” New Lambton interim coach Cas Wright said.

“If we are going to go down, we’re going to go down scoring goals. I want to see a flamboyant attacking side not just one that parks the bus.”

Fielding a fresh team will again be a challenge for the Eagles who have been crippled by injury.

“The under-17s girls have been phenomenal in their support over these last five weeks,” Wright said.

“They’re playing a game and a half. The girls in reserve grade are backing up doing multiple games.

“For me the younger ones are carrying us at the moment.”



Despite their finals hopes coming to an end at the weekend, Adamstown Rosebud will head into Sunday’s game full of confidence with the hope of knocking over fifth-placed Mid Coast FC.

“Hopefully the girls will approach the game with the same attitude they have all year as we are keen to finish on a high in an improved season,” Adamstown coach Ryan Campbell said.

Leia Puxty will miss the game through suspension, with Rachel Duffin under an injury cloud. A decision on Duffin’s inclusion in the side will be made closer to kick-off.

Campbell was full of praise for returning keeper Olivia Sneddon, who will face another big challenge against Mid Coast.

“Olivia Sneddon is really starting to hit her form since returning from her injury,” Campbell said.

“Speers Point will be great for our team. It suits our style of play and will allow us to play a more up-tempo style of football.”

Mid Coast head into the match full of confidence after claiming valuable points against highly-rated Merewether last weekend.

“I’ve told all the girls, it was probably one of the best first grade performances across a weekend that I’ve ever seen from our club,” Mid Coast coach Mick Grass said.

A win could see Middies climb to fourth with next weekend’s match against Broadmeadow likely their final chance to cement a spot in the finals, with Mid Coast’s first grade said last playing finals football in 2017.

Off the back of last weekend’s results Grass will call on more of the same against Adamstown, noting his side’s sublime effort in Sunday’s clash.

“We’ve got to improve our football on Sunday. We can’t improve the effort, the effort [against Merewether] was fantastic and the commitment was fantastic,” he said.

“I think the key will be for us to take our chances when they do come. Last time we played [Adamstown] it was a pretty high scoring affair.”

With Adamstown Oval set down for the Rosebuds’ NPL clash with Maitland, the match will take place on the synthetic surface at the Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility.

“I think it will suit how we want to play. We try and keep the ball on the ground as much as we can and I think the girls will enjoy it,” Grass said.


NPL: Newcastle Olympic host Edgeworth in Round 11 of the competition



It will be a heavyweight battle between first and third on Sunday as the National Premier Leagues NNSW competition starts to heat up heading into the make or break part of the season.

Darling Street Oval will host Newcastle Olympic’s clash with Edgeworth with four intense rounds left to play.

Olympic have found scintillating form of late winning three of their last four games including a gutsy 1-0 victory over Maitland away from home last start to sit in third.

Teenage attacker Jared Muller scored the crucial goal and now has six for the campaign to be in the hunt for the coveted golden boot. Muller was accompanied in the NPL NNSW Team of the Week by teammates Nate Cavaliere, Kyle Hodges and Blake Green thnaks to the impressive performance against the Magpies.

Edgeworth have been rock solid this campaign and continued their charge towards a fifth premiership in six seasons and a record 13th title for the club.

Two late goals in the second half saw the Eagles defeat Valentine last start, their ninth win of the season.

Edgeworth have won the previous five games against Olympic with Newcastle’s last victory over the Eagles coming in 2017.

Edgeworth player-coach Josh Rose said his side were excited to face another potential finals rival.

“[Olympic] have got a lot of young boys who bring a lot of energy so that is something we will have to be careful of but overall our game plan won’t change too much and hopefully we get the job done again,” Rose said.

“Looking at a lot of our games, we haven’t really scored early and it’s more trying to break teams down as a lot of teams set up deep against us and with fitness and good possession, we eventually get the result.

“Week to week we approach every game differently but this is another three points and looking down the track, they’re in third place so there is a good chance we can meet them in the finals.”

Newcastle Olympic have found a winning formula of late and interim coach Alex Tagaroulias said he looked forward to testing his side against the competition leaders.

“I think the players keep turning up. They’ve all embraced how we want to play and it seems whoever we put onto the park they seem to come up with the goods,” Tagaroulias said.

“[Edgeworth] dominated large parts of the game [in the last fixture] but I do recall we were 0-0 at half-time. A couple of individual errors cost us, so I thought there was something there to work on and I feel good going into this game.

“It will be nice to benchmark ourselves against the top club in the competition and see more of the improvements. I don’t want us to be complacent and if we perform in the right way, at least I’ll know what where capable of.”



Lake Macquarie will look to keep their season alive when they take on in-form Broadmeadow Magic at Macquarie Field on Sunday.

The Roosters remain mathematically in the equation to finish in the finals places but will have to beat the second-placed team and hope teams above them slip up.

Lakes had the bye last round and remain last, although level with Adamstown Rosebud on four points. Their latest result was a 6-2 drubbing at the hands of Newcastle Olympic and they will be looking to snap a run of five losses in a row.

Broadmeadow put in a clinical first half performance to down Weston 4-2 last start to maintain their strong hold on second place.

James Virgili and Sam Walker are both in the hunt for the golden boot with seven and six goals respectively having formed a dynamic partnership in the league’s best attacking side.

It was two young gun Magicians who impressed last start with Jacob Dowse and Jarred Baker earning a spot in the NPL NNSW Team of the Week after the side’s impressive outing against the Bears.

Magic defeated Lake Macquarie in the previous encounter between the two sides in round six and will be eyeing a third win on the trot to keep the pressure on Edgeworth in the fight for the premiership.



A match that will have huge bearings on the top five will light up Rockwell Automation when Weston host Lambton on Saturday night.

The two sides sit equal on 14 points after 10 games and are only split by goal difference to set up a massive game with a vital three points at stake.

Weston slipped to sixth with a draw and a loss in their last two games, including a 4-2 loss to Magic away from home. Two late goals could not get them over the line but they return home where they have won their last two fixtures.

Aaron Niyonkuru has been in fine form with six goals so far this season and again will be a danger for Lambton while Chris Hurley featured in the NPL NNSW Team of the Week after a stellar goal against Magic.

The Jaffas moved back into the top four with a win and a draw in their last two games and could not be split against Charlestown Azzurri last start finishing 0-0.

The side boasts a superior goal difference to the teams around them while a win would go a long way for the Jaffas in featuring in the finals series.

Kale Bradbery will look to be the key player in unlocking the Weston defence and already has seven goals to his name this season to put himself in the frame for the golden boot.

The Bears defeated the Jaffas in the previous fixture this season with a late 3-2 comeback in round two.



Adamstown Rosebud will host Maitland at Adamstown Oval on Sunday with both teams eyeing a hugely valuable three points in the grand scheme of the season.

Similar to Lake Macquarie, Adamstown is still in the hunt mathematically to qualify for the finals but will need to win all their games starting with the defending premiers on Sunday.

The Rosebuds’ only victory so far came in round one and they will be looking to send departing coach Shane Cansdell-Sherriff out on a high with a strong end to the season.

Maitland have lost its past two games to slide to seventh and the pressure is mounting on the team to get back to their previous, title-winning form.

Two losses on their home ground have also been a tough pill to swallow for the Magpies but the squad will view this game as an ideal chance to get back into the winners’ circle and climb the table.

Sitting on 13 points, Maitland are one point outside the top five and can climb as high as fourth with a victory.

The Magpies will take confidence out of their last encounter with Adamstown, defeating the Rosebuds 2-1 at Adamstown Oval in round eight.

Valentine FC and Charlestown Azzurri have the bye


2021 Player Expressions of Interest for Newcastle Olympic

Newcastle Olympic FC will be taking Expressions of Interest (EOI) for the upcoming 2021 season. Age groups where expressions of interest will be taken by Newcastle Olympic are:

  • Youth NPL – U13, U14, U15 & U16’s
  • Boys SAP – U9, U10, U11, U12’s
  • Girls SAP – U11, U12’s
  • WPL – U13, U15, U17’s and 2nd Grade

To register interest in being part of the NOFC program or continue to be part of the NOFC family, please go to and complete the appropriate form from the drop down tab.


Please note that Northern NSW Football has mandated the trial period for each age group, with venues and times of each trial being announced post receival of EOI’s.

Program Age Group Trial Dates
Boys SAP U9’s Friday 13th November
U10’s Thursday 12th November
U11’s Wednesday 11th November
U12’s Tuesday 10th November
Girls SAP U11’s Friday 6th November
U12’s Friday 6th November
Boys NPL U13’s Monday 9th November
U14’s Monday 30th November
U15’s Tuesday 1st December
U16’s Wednesday 2nd December
Women WPL U13’s Monday 2nd November
U15’s Tuesday 3rd November
U17’s Wednesday 4th November
2nd Grade Thursday 5th November

Trials for the SAP 9s teams will be open, but you will need to register by submitting an EOI and confirming your attendance.

Trials for the remaining SAP, WPL and NPL teams will be by invitation after EOIs are registered. Please submit an EOI if you wish to be invited to trial for these teams.

NOFC have an exemplary record of player development by providing a challenging but safe, nurturing, family-type environment to enhance football skills and maximize their potential.

Kind Regards,

Newcastle Olympic Committee   

NPL Youth: u15s and u16s NPL Youth games tonight against Lambton Jaffas postponed

NPL youth games for u15s and u16s tonight against Lambton Jaffas have been called off. The lights at Arthur Edden Oval went down recently and it is deemed unsafe to play.

At this point we do not have any reschedule information. When this information becomes available, it will be passed on.

Tuesday 15th September 2020

Lambton Jaffas vs Newcastle Olympic at Arthur Edden Oval

U14s Olympic won 5-1

U13s Olympic won 4-3

source: Tom Tsamouras

NPL Youth: Newcastle Olympic take the 3 points from Lambton Jaffas

Newcastle Olympic u13s and U14s played Lambton Jaffas at Arthur Edden Oval tonight in Round 14 of the competition. Both games were competitive and kept parents on the edge of their seats.

Newcastle Olympic u13s won 4-3 and U14s won 5-1. A great job in cold conditions. U15s and U16s play on Wednesday night.

Tuesday 15th September 2020

Lambton Jaffas vs Newcastle Olympic at Arthur Edden Oval

U14s Olympic won 5-1

U13s Olympic won 4-3

Wednesday 16th September 2020

Lambton Jaffas vs Newcastle Olympic at Arthur Edden Oval

U16s kick off at 7:45PM

U15s kick off at 5:45PM

source: Tom Tsamouras

NPL Youth: Newcastle Olympic take on Lambton Jaffas at Arthur Edden Oval

2020 NPL U14s Newcastle Olympic. League leaders who have won every game played this season!

Round 14 of the 2020 NNSW NPL competition will be played out on Tuesday and Wednesday night of this week.

Newcastle Olympic U13s and U14s who are currently in 2nd and 1st place of their respective points tables take on Lambton Jaffas on Tuesday night while U15s and U16s who also hold 2nd and 1st place in their respective points tables, on Wednesday night.

Tuesday 15th September 2020

Lambton Jaffas vs Newcastle Olympic at Arthur Edden Oval

U14s kick off at 7:45PM
U13s kick off at 5:45PM

Wednesday 16th September 2020

Lambton Jaffas vs Newcastle Olympic at Arthur Edden Oval

U16s kick off at 7:45PM
U15s kick off at 5:45PM

source: Tom Tsamouras

NPL: Newcastle Olympic return with a grinding 1-0 win from Maitland


Newcastle Olympic scored an important victory downing Maitland 1-0 at Cooks Square Park on Sunday.

Jared Muller scored the only goal with a header from a corner in the 29th minute to make it three goals in two games for the teenager.

The win sees Olympic move into outright third on the table while notching the double over Maitland with their second victory over the premiers this season.
Olympic have climbed to three points above Weston, Charlestown and Lambton in the fierce battle for the top five. Olympic will look to produce a similar result when they play Edgeworth next round.

The loss is the second on the bounce at Cooks Square Park for Maitland, their fifth of the season.

The Magpies have dropped to seventh, one point outside the coveted finals places. Maitland will look to reaffirm themselves when they take on Adamstown next weekend.


Lambton Jaffas and Charlestown Azzurri ground out a goalless draw at Arthur Edden Oval on Saturday in the Match of the Round.
The match had significant implications on the top five after both left the home of the Jaffas with a point.

Lambton had seven shots on target to Charlestown’s three but neither side could force their way through to score the elusive goal.
The result is the Jaffas’ third clean sheet of the season while Charlestown’s defensive record is now the second best in the league, conceding only 10 goals this campaign bettered only by leaders Edgeworth.
The draw also saw both sides move into the top five with the teams above dropping points as the Jaffas sit fourth and Charlestown fifth, only split by goal difference.

The Jaffas play Weston next weekend in another massive game as the regular season approaches its climax while Charlestown have the bye.


Broadmeadow all but wrapped up second place with a decisive 4-2 victory over Weston at Magic Park on Saturday.

Sam Walker opened the scoring with a brilliant drive in the first minute of the game to set Magic on their way while Jarred Baker and John Majurovski added goals before the break to complete a first half rout.

James Virgil found the net in the second half to continue his excellent season in front of goal while Weston scored two late consolation goals through Aaron Niyonkuru and Chris Hurley.

The win takes Magic to 22 points, five above Olympic with four games to play in the regular season.

Weston slipped outside the top five following the defeat but remain level with fifth place on 14 points. The Bears face Lambton next weekend in another huge game.
Broadmeadow’s attack remains number one in the competition and coach Anthony Richards said he was happy with the win.

“We were missing a few boys and the young boys filled into different positions and did well,” Richards said.

“The goal is to finish as high as we can. We just look forward to playing every weekend and if we have enough points at the end of the season, then that is great for us and we’re fully focused on Lake Macquarie this weekend.

“Jacob Dowse, who is normally an attacking player, played left back and did great and Jarred Baker, who made his debut a week ago, did terrific.

Jayden Stewardson and Ty Cousins did well when they came on and caused Weston problems.”

Edgeworth have one hand on a record premiership with a clinical 2-0 victory over Valentine at Jack McLaughlan Oval on Saturday.

The Eagles had to wait until the 71st minute to crack the Phoenix defence, with player-coach Josh Rose scoring the crucial goal to make it 1-0.
Kristian Brymora sealed the result in the final minute pouncing on a loose ball in the box to wrap up a vital three points for Edgeworth as they march closer to a 13th title for the club.

The match had echoes of the previous encounter between the pair, while Edgeworth made it their ninth win of the season to bounce back from last round’s loss.

Valentine remain in the hunt for finals football on 11 points, a win outside the places although they will have to wait another week due to the bye next weekend.
“It wasn’t our best performance to be honest but I was happy in the end to get the result and three points. It was great though to get back to winning ways and keep a clean sheet,” Rose said.

“The squad have pulled up very well. With a Saturday game it gives us an extra day of recovery this week which will be very good for our boys.

“There really has not been much talk of the premiership at all since I’ve taken over as coach. It has been a week to week progress. Our focus at the moment is only Olympic next week, which we are very much looking forward to.”________________________________________

Adamstown Rosebud and Lake Macquarie City had the bye.


HERALD WPL: Newcastle Olympic cruise past Thornton 6-0


Jemma House led the way for Newcastle Olympic against cellar dwellers Thornton on Sunday.

The competition’s leading goal scorer found the back of the net on three occasions as the women from Darling Street cruised to another important win.
House’s three goals take her season tally to 24, while Jacinta Johnston, Tulia Palozzi, and Laura Hall also found the back of the net.

“Scoring wasn’t really our focus on Sunday. We wanted to keep a clean sheet and we did that. We really wanted to focus on our defence,” Olympic coach Harmonie Attwill said.

“We had a couple of injuries so we really had to be creative in our formation.”
Without Georgia Little, Georgia Amess and Sophie O’Brien, Olympic struggled to take full advantage in the first half with the score at the break 1-0.

“We just knew we had to be more patient and just work the ball a little bit more rather than forcing that forward ball,” Attwill said.

“For us, consistently we play better in the second half so it is really important for the girls to build their confidence, to know that regardless of what happens in the first half, once we regroup and have a bit of a chat and everyone checks back in with their role, we always seem to turn it around.”

With Merewether now third on the table the race for the minor premiership returns to a tight battle between Olympic and Broadmeadow Magic. The two sides, who sit equal on points on the table, play at Magic Park next week.

“For us, [the minor premiership] is never the focus. We’ll take this game [against Thornton] onboard and sit down and make sure that everything we have been working towards this year and each week we can try and put together a bit more consistently against Magic,” Attwill said.

It was another tough day for Thornton who managed to hold their own in the opening half before Olympic turned the game in their favour after the break.
“We were great for 78 minutes. [We] just could not handle Olympic’s opening 12 minutes in the second half and conceded four goals,” Thornton coach Al Primmer said.

Anais Moore and Jaz Hughes both copped heavy knocks and will be in doubt for next weekend, while goalkeeper Danielle Redding drew strong praise from Primmer.

“She was superb in goals. [It was] close to her best performance for the Redbacks,” he said.

Thornton face New Lambton next Sunday in what will be the last Herald Women’s Premier League game played at the home of the Redbacks, Thornton Park.


There were goals aplenty at John Street Oval as Warners Bay and New Lambton played out a 10-goal, end-to-end spectacle on Sunday.
Jen Hoy led the way for the home side with three goals, while Adriana Jones bagged a double for the Eagles in a game which six different women found the scoresheet.
“Three points at this time of the year is pretty crucial for us. It may not have been the prettiest win, but we’ll take it,” Warners Bay coach Craig Atkins said.
Annika D’Amico, Sian Keating and Georgia Cook also found the back of the net.
“I’m always encouraging Sian and Georgia to get forward. Georgia’s goal was an absolute bomb and Sian was dangerous and put some really dangerous balls across throughout the game,” Atkins said.
“We created a number of chances. It’s about putting them away. We’re still creating the chances but this time of year we need to be really clinical.
“With the finals coming up and Merewether next week we really need to be taking those chances.”
Warners Bay are fourth on the table with a margin of just two points over Mid Coast FC, with the Panthers next assignment the now third-placed Merewether.
“When you play Merewether, you know it is going to be massive. We need to be in their face, we can’t give them an inch. It is always a decent battle when it is a Warners Bay-Merewether battle,” Atkins said.
Despite not walking away with points, interim New Lambton coach Cas Wright said there were plenty of positives in her side’s performance, including the showing of mid-season signing Adriana Jones.
Jones scored the side’s opening goal, before Tahlia Gossner netted a contender for goal of the year. Jones was again back in the action late in the match as she claimed her second, before Taylah Bryde found the side’s fourth goal.
It was only the second time this season New Lambton have scored four goals in a match. The last time came against Thornton in round six.
“For us, that’s such a big positive. We didn’t have a starting 11 but what we did do with what we had I think it was pretty solid,” Wright said.
New Lambton round out the regular season with matches against Thornton and Newcastle Olympic.

Broadmeadow Magic climbed level at the top of the Herald Women’s Premier League table after a dramatic weekend following their 2-0 win over Adamstown Rosebud at Magic Park.
Maggie Quinn and Alice Munro found the back of the net for the home side, who now turn their attention to next weekend’s top of the table clash with Newcastle Olympic.
“We were pretty good. We just couldn’t finish in the final third. Similar to the game against Merewether, we got in behind a lot,” Magic coach Jake Curley said.
It was another strong team performance for Magic who find themselves second on the table, equal on points with Olympic but well behind on goal difference.
“Kobie Ferguson was really good. Gemma Harrison, Alice Munroe and Erin Wilson were all good. We just defend well when we’re going backwards. Kalista [Hunter] is a really good player and so is Laura Rapley,” Curley said.
Next weekend’s top-of-the-table clash will likely decide the minor premiership, with the Magic mentor grateful his side will get another shot at claiming top spot.
“I thought against Merewether we were by far the better team and it is good that the girls get another go at [the minor premiership],” Curley said.
“We sort of just play our way essentially. We’ll just train the same way, we’re going to work on a bit of defensive stuff and combination play but nothing we will really change.”
The loss ended Adamstown’s hopes of playing finals football in 2020 with the Buds now eight points behind fourth-placed Warners Bay.
Leia Puxty was sent off in what was a tough day for the Buds, who meet Mid Coast FC at the Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility next week. Rosebud round out the season proper against Warners Bay at Adamstown Oval.

Mid Coast FC scored arguably the biggest upset of the season on Saturday when they edged out Merewether in the first of two games between the sides.
Middies then backed up Saturday’s win with a nail-biting 1-1 draw against the Llamas on Sunday.
At home in the first of the weekend’s two matches, Mid Coast went to the break 2-0 up thanks to a masterclass from former Merewether player Courtney Anderson.
Missing Jamee Ellis and with Shani Vazey ruled out late due to illness, the Llamas battled to find their way back into the contest. Goals to Lori Depczynski and Rhali Dobson had the visitors back level late in the second half.
The match-winner came late for the home side, as Evie Bobilak put the final touch on a rebound from a penalty.
Sunday saw another tight tussle between the two sides, with Merewether holding the majority of the early chances. Rebekah Stuart went close, while a pinpoint strike from Rhali Dobson thundered into the posts.
The deadlock was eventually broken when Layni Fens found the back of the net for Middies before Lori Depczynski found the equaliser.
Despite taking a knock mid-way through the match, Mid Coast keeper Xanthe Parsons was impressive in goal as she held out countless attacking raids from the home side.
Her sublime performance was likely to be a defining moment in the race for fourth spot on the table. Middies now sit fifth, two points behind Warners Bay.
“[Xanthe Parsons] was fantastic. We didn’t even have to vote for players’ player today. It was just unanimous, everyone called it out straight away. Playing under that level of duress and getting the job done was pretty impressive stuff,” Mid Coast coach Mick Grass said.
“We were under the pump for a long time in that first half and to come out the way we did in the second and play some pretty decent football I was really happy with the performance.
“I think the results give us a lot of confidence. A lot of belief in what we can achieve. On our best days, we now know we can compete with the best teams in the competition.
“We’ve given ourselves as good a shot as we have ever had to go into finals [in first grade] for a few years.”
The weekend’s results dramatically shift the landscape when it comes to the race for the minor premiership. Prior to the weekend, Merewether looked all but certain to lift the silverware but now find themselves in third place on the table.
“It was a pretty intense effort from the team on Sunday. To come back from a disappointing day on Saturday and absolutely [leave] everything out on the field,” Merewether coach Scott Ellis said post game on Sunday.
“They did everything they possibly could and still couldn’t quite get over the line but it wasn’t through lack of effort.”