A great day for Newcastle Olympic’s first ever Women’s Premier League home games, if not being reflected on the scoreboard.
U14s and U17s struggled against strong Merewether teams, only for our Reserve Grade to storm home with a thumping win.
First grade dominated their match and if possession and field positioning determined the winner, we deserved six points. Two goals on the break sunk our brave girls, who threw everything at them in the second half, coming up one goal short. We’re already looking forward to the reverse fixture.
First grade WPL: Merewether won 2-1
Reserve Grade: Olympic won 10-0
U/17: Merewether won 5-1
U14: Merewether won 8-2
In four games played on Saturday in wet conditions at Cooks Square Park in Maitland, Newcastle Olympic Youth NPL teams dominated in their first game of the 2020 season.
U13s lead 3-0 but a spirited Maitland team fought back to level the score in the second half and to run out 4-3 eventual winners. U14s, U15s, and U16s completed formalities with little resistance.
U/13: Maitland won 4-3.
U/14: Olympic won 11-1.
U/15: Olympic won 7-0.
U/16: Olympic won 5-0.
Newcastle Olympic vs Kahibah on Monday 16th March at Harold Knight Oval, Gateshead
Kick off at 6.30pm
U9s, U10s, U11s SAP:
U9s Blue Team:
We started off very slowly and went down 1-0 early. Valentine were worthy leaders and gave a very good account of themselves. We improved and became more aggressive as the half went on and lead at halftime. A good half time talk and a big improvement in our passing and running off the ball saw us take control of the game and we ran out winners. Best on the day were Jude Lewis Mat Cahill and Kai Hodgson.
U10s Blue Team:
The blue team played some lovely football in their game against Valentine yesterday. After an even first half, the boys passed their way through Valentine in the second half, scoring some fabulous team goals in the process. The final goal of the match started with the goal keeper and ended 10 passes later with a cross and header to round out a great day.
U10s White Team:
Another positive performance by 10’s White. First half was a tight affair with both teams battling to gain control of the game. The boys created many chances, forcing some scrambling defence and quality saves from the opposing keeper. The second half saw an improvement in all thirds of the pitch, despite the deteriorating weather conditions. The boys were able to build on their 1-0 lead by crafting out a 9-0 final result. Coaches Mark and Peter were really happy the way the boys listened and adapted their play after the half time break, while still playing quality football.
U11s Blue Team:
With what we know was going to be one of our hardest games of the season it was very impressive to see the boys come away with a well-deserved win over the Jaffas.
With some outstanding individual runs, ball movement creating great team play they could not get into the sheds quick enough to sing the Olympic Team song once that full time whistle was blown.
Well done to two of our new boys Nate & Henry (Goalkeeper) who put their nerves aside to come up against their old Team Mates.
Well done to all the Boys, Dean & Jono
U11’s White Team:
It was our first game of the season today, we welcomed 3 new players and are very proud of the effort from all of the boys. Throughout the game we dominated both possession and field position. With players moving to their second or third preferred position in the second half, it was exciting to see that the boys are willing to learn and adapt to multiple roles. We will continue to teach the boys to play in multiple roles and improve their understanding of the game. On the rare occurrence when needed today it was great to see our goalkeeper using the skills he has been working on at training.
source: Tom Tsamouras