Australian football mourns the death of first Socceroos World Cup Coach, Rale Rasic

Rale Rasic & U18s Newcastle Jet George Tsamouras (2)

Rale Rasic with Newcastle Jets player George Tsamouras in Newcastle.

Australian football pioneer Rale Rasic, the first coach to take the Socceroos to a World Cup, has died, aged 87.

Rasic, a Sport Australia Hall of Fame member, is renowned as among the nation’s most influential football identities.

The Bosnian-born Rasic, who played in Yugoslavia’s first division, came to Australia in 1962. Just eight years later, he was appointed as Australia’s coach when aged 34.

In 1974, Rasic led Australia to the World Cup where the Socceroos were beaten by East Germany 2-0, lost to eventual champions West Germany 3-0 and then drew 0-0 with Chile.

Rasic was dumped as coach after the cup, saying the nation’s football hierarchy believed he wasn’t a “real Aussie.”

“They took from me something that I was doing better than anyone else,” he said. “I was a true-blue Aussie and nobody can deny that. I taught the players how to sing the national anthem.”

He remained in contact with the 1974 squad for the rest of his life.

“They are part of my family … I certainly helped them realise their dreams but they also made me who I am with their devotion, commitment and loyalty,” he said.

Asked what the Socceroos, past and present, meant to him, he told SBS two years ago: “Very easy question and I have a simple answer: the Socceroos and the green and gold jersey are my life.”

Rasic’s coaching career included stints at Melbourne Hungaria, St George, Marconi Stallions, Pan Hellenic, Adelaide City, Blacktown City, South Melbourne, APIA Leichhardt, Canterbury-Marrickville, Rockdale Ilinden, Fairfield Bulls and Canberra Cosmos.

In 2004, Rasic was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his service to soccer as a player, coach and administrator.

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

U20s Newcastle Jets extend their lead to 12 points despite their 0-0 draw at Bankstown

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U20s Newcastle Jets conceded their first draw of the season to Bankstown United in Round 18 of the Competition but because of a defeat by second placed Prospect United FC, were able to extend their lead to 12 points on the FNSW League Two Men’s competition! The match was one in which Newcastle dominated the first half and Bankstown the second.

In the first half Newcastle dominated play and it looked like another comfortable routine win was on the cards. Strong at the back, creative in midfield but poor in attack resulted in both teams going scoreless into the half time break.

In the second half Bankstown took control of the midfield and dictated play. Having used three substitutions at half time and another forced substitution through injury early in the second half, the options for a reaction by the Newcastle bench were limited!

The game finished with Bankstown peppering the Newcastle goal and the Jets keeper pulling off some great saves to keep the score at 0-0.  Given that the first game in Newcastle ended 7-1 to the Jets, the old proverb of never underestimating your opponent couldn’t apply to this match any further.

Round 18: Bankstown United FC vs Newcastle Jets on Friday 2nd June 2023, at Padstow Park Sydney.

U20s drew 0-0

Youth Jets lost 2-1

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Round 16 FNSW Youth League One:

Hills United FC vs Newcastle Jets on Saturday 3rd June at Landen Stadium, Sydney.

U18s Jets lost 3-1

U16s Jets won 5-1

U15s Jets won 2-0

U14s Jets lost 3-0

U13s Jets lost 3-1

source: Tom Tsamouras

U20s Newcastle Jets pull away 11 points without having to play

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U20s Newcastle Jets pulled away 11 points in the lead in Round 17 of the 2023 FNSW League Two Men’s competition despite not playing a game. The scheduled game at Speers Point at 7:00pm on Sunday night was forfeited by U20s Parramatta FC.

The match was awarded 3-0 to Newcastle Jets and the three points gained, in conjunction with the draw by second placed Prospect United FC, has placed them 11 points clear in 1st place on the points table.

U20s Newcastle Jets next match is away to Bankstown on Friday night.

Round 18: Bankstown United FC vs Newcastle Jets on Friday 2nd June 2023, at Padstow Park Sydney.

U20s kick off at 6:00pm

Youth kick off at 8:00pm

Source: Tom Tsamouras

U20s Newcastle Jets 9 points ahead after defeated Hurstville FC 4-2 in Sydney

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The U20s Newcastle Jets reclaimed a 9 point lead at the top of the FNSW League Two Men’s table after defeating Hurstville FC 4-2 on Sunday night! The goal feast began as early as the 3rd minute through a well taken volley after a sustained Newcastle attack. Hurstville replied three minutes later through a penalty caused by an accidental hand ball by a Newcastle defender.

The Sydney team presented as a tall and solid side playing very compact and with only one lone striker up front. The Jets were given little space to play and they attempted to break through using their flanks and long balls at the feet of running forward players.

During a Hurstville attack, an attempt to clear the ball by a Newcastle defender resulted in the ball being deflected off the face of a Sydney player and ending up at the back of the Jets goal! This was achieved 3 minutes before half time but in exactly the 45th minute a pin-point cross from the right to a Newcastle forward and an equally great first touch and shot resulted in both teams going into the half time break at 2-2.

In the 2nd half the Jets were able to get the upper hand in the 53rd minute when the ref felt a Newcastle player was impeded and awarded a penalty. This was converted and with the score at 3-2, the local team had to come out of their shell to salvage any points from a game which the Jets enjoyed most of the possession.

During a Newcastle counter-attack, a great cross from the right was couple by a great shot by an incoming forward who had no trouble making the score 4-2 in the 71st minute. The Jets continued to dominate possession and threatened with more goal scoring opportunities until the final whistle.

This win gives the Newcastle team a 9 point lead at the top of the U20s table and coupled with Youth’s 6-1 victory over the same opponent, a comfortable lead in the Club Championship of the FNSW League Two Men’s table.

Round 16 FNSW League Two Men’s:

Hurstville FC vs Newcastle Jets on Sunday 21st May at Penhurst Park, Sydney.

U20s Jets won 4-2

Youth Jets won 6-1

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Round 16 FNSW League Two Men’s Results:

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FNSW League Two Men’s Table:

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Newcastle Jets: Blake Robinson 35, Amos Okumu 36, Cooper Vimpani 42, Riley Van Haren 43, George Tsamouras 44, Caleb Reed 46, Reinhard Lloyd 49, Jordan Gu 52, Oscar Archbold 55, Seth Anderson 56, Luca West 58 Subs: Nicholas Fowler, Zaviah Di Carlo 15, Lucas Walshe 41, Kynan Watkins 50

Round 14 FNSW Youth League One:

Central Coast Mariners vs Newcastle Jets on Saturday 20th May at Pluim Park, Gosford.

U18s Jets lost 4-3

U16s Jets won 6-3

U15s Jets drew 1-1

U14s Jets drew 1-1

U13s Jets drew 1-1

source: Tom Tsamouras

U20s Newcastle Jets continue their fairytale run against Hawkesbury City

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The U20s Newcastle Jets pulled off one of the greatest come backs of the season after being 3-0 down and with a player short from the first half against Hawkesbury City in Round 15 of the FNSW League Two Men’s competition!

Played in cold and wet conditions at the LMRFF on Sunday night the match began at an incredible pace. The Hawkesbury team rose to the occasion against the league leaders and threw everything at the Newcastle Jets from the opening whistle.

Within the first 20 minutes they found themselves leading 2-0 and just before half time fortune was on their side when a Newcastle defender was given his marching orders by the referee. Just after the break, a third goal by the visitors had them favorites to collect the 3 points for the fourth time of the season.

Playing with only three defenders since the send-off, the Newcastle team then set to work and with a few minutes before the final whistle, were able to score an incredible four goals for a final score line of 4-3 in favor of the Jets!

The spectators who braved the conditions were treated to an incredible game of football in which one team did everything to be withing reach of a great win, and another which refused to surrender and were rewarded for their belief in the end.

Round 15 FNSW League Two Men’s:

Newcastle Jets vs Hawkesbury City on Sunday 14th May at the LMRFF, Speers Point.

Youth Jets won 4-1

U20s Jets won 4-3

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FNSW League Two Men’s Table:

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Round 13 FNSW Youth League One:

Newcastle Jets vs Wollongong Wolves on Sunday 14th May at the LMRFF, Speers Point.

U18s Jets drew 3-3

U16s Jets won 2-0

U15s Jets lost 1-0

U14s Jets won 3-1

U13s Jets lost 5-3

source: Tom Tsamouras

U20s Newcastle Jets suffer their second defeat at the half way mark of the 2023 season

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U20s Newcastle Jets suffered their second defeat in 13 games of the 2023 League 2 Men’s competition at the hands of Fraser Park FC, 2-1. Two misjudged bounces of the ball resulted in two goals scored by Fraser Park in the 15th and 37th minute that proved to be enough to secure the 3 points.

The Newcastle Jets lacked speed and intensity in the first half and their play was too predictable, playing out from the back. The first goal was scored when an innocent ball was heading towards the Newcastle keeper when a Newcastle defender didn’t put his body between the ball and an opposition player! The Fraser Park player managed to get a foot to the ball which resulted in it rolling into an empty net after deflecting off the post!

The second goal was almost identical to the first with a different Newcastle defender making the same error! Throughout the first half the Newcastle team was laborious and unproductive. There didn’t appear any clear strategy on how to open-up the opposition in order to score.

In the second half the Jets increased the speed and intensity and were quickly rewarded with a goal that came from a well crossed ball for a simple tap in. In the remainder of the game the Jets continued to probe the Fraser Park goal but to no avail.

The U20s continue to sit in first place at the half-way mark of the competition, 6 points clear from their nearest rival, despite this result.

Round 14 FNSW League Two Men’s:

Fraser Park FC vs Newcastle Jets on Sunday 7th May at Fraser Park, Sydney.

U20s Jets lost 2-1

Youth Jets drew 1-1

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Round 14 FNSW League Two Men’s Results:

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FNSW League Two Men’s Table:

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Newcastle Jets: Nicholas Kacev 24, Samuel Esquilant 30, Dominic Archbold 33, Max Bailey 34, Amos Okumu 36, Lucas Walshe 41, George Tsamouras 44, Reinhard Lloyd 49, Kynan Watkins 50, Shiwa Dul 53, Seth Anderson 56 Subs: Zaviah Di Carlo 15, Ethan Lewis 20, Angus Martin 25, Jordan Gu 52, Lucas West 58

Round 12 FNSW Youth League One:

Marconi Stallions FC vs Newcastle Jets on Saturday 6th May at Wanderers Football Park.

U18s Jets lost 6-0

U16s Jets won 5-1

U15s Jets lost 3-1

U14s Jets – didn’t play

U13s Jets won 2-1

source: Tom Tsamouras

U20s Newcastle Jets defeat Prospect FC 2-1 and are 9 points clear at the top

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U20s Newcastle Jets defeated Prospect FC on Sunday night at the LMRFF to go 9 point clear on top of the FNSW League Two Men’s table! After both teams suffered their first defeat of the season the previous week at the hands of Sydney University and Camden Tigers respectively, this was the clash between 1st versus 2nd on the ladder. The match certainly lived up to the billing as a clash between two equally balanced teams that fought tooth and nail throughout the 90 minutes to gain the advantage.

The Newcastle team moved the ball quicker and was technically superior but the Sydney team was physically strong and kept the Jets at bay. The Jets concentrated their play through the flanks and through constant movement of the ball. The first goal game midway through the  1st half with a well worked attack from the right and a whipped cross which found the Sydney defense stretched for an easy tap in.

Newcastle controlled play well and although neither team was able to create many clear cut goal scoring opportunities, they looked more confident on the ball and controlled possession. In the final minute of the 1st half a poorly headed ball and a lucky bounce resulted in a Prospect forward finding time and space to fire a shot which the Newcastle keeper was unable to save. Both teams went into the half time break locked at 1-1.

The 2nd half was as tight as the 1st half with Newcastle controlling possession and Prospect resisting and trying to catch their opponents on the break. In the final 15 minutes of the game the stalemate was broken when a Newcastle winger was able to beat the Prospect left back and whipped up a well weighted cross which found a Jets forward unmarked on the far post who didn’t have any problem striking the ball for a 2-1 score-line!

The remainder of the match was spent with intelligent possession football by Newcastle and backs -to-the-wall attacking by the Sydney siders. Despite their efforts the Jets team was able to hold on to a hard-fought win and remain 9 points clear at the top of the U20s table.

Round 13 FNSW League Two Men’s:

Newcastle Jets vs Prospect United FC on Sunday 30th April 2023 at the LMRFF, Speers Point.

Youth Jets lost 1-0

U20s Jets won 2-1

Newcastle Jets: Patrick Innes 1, Jayden Ashbourne 32, James Khoury 33, Max Bailey 34, Amos Okumu 36, Lucas Walshe 41, George Tsamouras 44, Angus Martin 47, Reinhard Lloyd 49, Jordan Gu 52, Shiwa Dul 53, subs: Nicholas Fowler 14, Zaviah Di Carlo 15, Ethan Lewis 20, Nicholas Kacev 24, Kynan Watkins 50, Christian Bracco 57

Round 11 FNSW Youth League One:

Newcastle Jets vs Sydney United 58 FC on Sunday 30th April at the LMRFF, Speers Point.

U18s Jets won 3-2

U16s Jets won 5-0

U15s Jets won 5-0

U13s Jets drew 0-0

Source: Tom Tsamouras

U20s Newcastle Jets vs Prospect United, clash between the league leaders

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Round 13 of the FNSW League Two Men’s competition brings the clash between first vs second at the LMRFF on Sunday night! Both Newcastle and Prospect suffered their first loss of the season last week and will be out to avenge this!

Newcastle Jets lost 3-1 at the hands of Sydney University after starting a very young team while Prospect lost 1-0 to the Camden Tigers. The Newcastle team continue in 1st spot, 6 points clear and will continue to be in 1st place regardless of the result on Sunday. It will be a challenging game for both teams.

Jets Youth who are in 2nd spot on the ladder, only 1 point behind the league leaders should collect the three points against a Prospect team who are in 7th spot having lost 5 games in 11 matches.

In the Club Championship the Newcastle Jets have opened up a 26 point lead from their nearest rival and should gain promotion if they finish in first position.

Round 13 FNSW League Two Men’s:

Newcastle Jets vs Prospect United FC on Sunday 30th April 2023 at the LMRFF, Speers Point.

Youth kick off at 5:00pm

U20s kick off at 7:00pm

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Round 13 FNSW League Two Men’s Fixtures:

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FNSW League Two Men’s Table:

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Round 11 FNSW Youth League One:

Newcastle Jets vs Sydney United 58 FC on Sunday 30th April at the LMRFF, Speers Point.

U18s kick off at 3:00pm

U16s kick off at 1:15pm

U15s kick off at 11:40am

U13s kick off at 8:30am

source: Tom Tsamouras

U20s Newcastle Jets are on fire, 3-1 win over Inner West Hawks

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U20s Newcastle Jets reach 1/3 of the season on maximum points after defeating Inner West Hawks 3-1 on Sunday night at the LMRFF. Having only four 18 year old players in their starting line up and the rest 15 and 16 year old, the Newcastle team controlled the game from the outset but were unable to break down the Hawks defense. Half time found both teams locked at 0-0.

A bad bounce of the ball 4 minutes into the 2nd half and an inability to clear it by the Jets defenders, enabled the visitors to open the score. This came against the run of play but gave the visiting team encouragement to dig in even harder for a result. The Newcastle team seamed to run out of ideas in the final third of the field until a couple of substitutions around the 60 minute mark.

The Jets then increased their intensity but most importantly had more movement off the ball in the final third of the pitch. This enabled the midfield to feed balls into the mobile front players who in turn were able to find space and time to create goal scoring opportunities. Within 10 minutes the score was 2-1 to the Jets and from that moment they never looked back. A final goal was scored 9 minutes from the end that secured the 3 points for the tenth consecutive game.

Given that the Youth team were able to defeat the Inner West Hawks 5-0 in the earlier game, the Club Championship table in FNSW League Two Men’s places the Newcastle Jets 24 points in front of their nearest rival.

Round 11 FNSW League Two Men’s:

Newcastle Jets vs Inner West Hawks FC on Sunday 16th April at the LMRFF, Speers Point.

Youth Jets won 5-0

U20s Jets won 3-1

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Round 11 FNSW League Two Men’s Results:

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FNSW League Two Men’s Table:

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FNSW League Two Men’s Club Championship Table:

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Round 9 FNSW Youth League One:

Newcastle Jets vs Inner West Hawks FC on Sunday 16th April at the LMRFF, Speers Point.

U15s postponed

U18s Jets lost 3-2

U16s Jets won 2-1

U14s Jets won 3-0

U13s

Newcastle Jets: Patrick Innes 1, Tommy Butcher 5, Nicholas Fowler 14, Jayden Ashbourne 32, Amos Okumu 36, Lucas Walshe 41, Riley Van Haren 43, George Tsamouras 44, Reinhard Lloyd 49, Kynan Watkins 50, Shiwa Dul 53, Subs: Zaviah Di Carlo 15, Ethan Lewis 20, Will Dobson 31, Blake Robinson 35.

source: Tom Tsamouras

U20s Newcastle take on Inner West Hawks & complete 1/3 of the season on maximum points!

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U20s Newcastle Jets take on Inner West Hawks on Sunday night at the LMRFF in Round 11 of the FNSW League Two Men’s competition and have good odds of finishing 1/3 of the season on maximum points! The Newcastle team have 9 wins from 9 matches and are obviously in 1st place on the points table. They have scored 37 and conceded only 11 goals compared to Inner West Hawks who have only won one match and who are last on the points table.

Jets Youth should have little problem securing the 3 points on Sunday afternoon as they trail UNSW FC 4 points behind in 3rd spot on the ladder. The Youth have 6 wins from 9 matches compared to 1 win by the Hawks who are in second last place of the ladder.

On the all important Club Championship table, the U20s and Youth have opened up a 16 point gap with second placed UNSW FC and with two games in hand. Two wins on the weekend could extend this lead even further with the ultimate prize, promotion to League One Men’s in 2024.

Round 11 FNSW League Two Men’s:

Newcastle Jets vs Inner West Hawks FC on Sunday 16th April at the LMRFF, Speers Point.

Youth kick off at 5:00pm

U20s kick off at 7:00pm

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Round 11 FNSW League Two Men’s Fixtures:

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FNSW League Two Men’s Table:

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Round 9 FNSW Youth League One:

Newcastle Jets vs Inner West Hawks FC on Sunday 16th April at the LMRFF, Speers Point.

U15s kick off at 2:05pm

U18s kick off at 1:15pm

U16s kick off at 11:40am

U14s kick off at 10:05am

U13s kick off at 8:30am

Newcastle Jets: 14 Nicholas Fowler, 15 Zaviah Di Carlo, 20 Ethan Lewis, 32 Jayden Ashbourne, 34 Max Bailey, 36 Amos Okumu, 41 Lucas Walshe, 44 George Tsamouras, 47 Angus Martin, 50 Kynan Watkins, 51 Giles Harrison, subs: 5 Tommy Butcher, 31 Wil Dobson, 40 Oscar Archbold.

Source: Tom Tsamouras