Monthly Archives: September 2020

Herald WPL: Newcastle Olympic Minor Premiers and all four teams in the finals

Newcastle Olympic took on New Lambton at Darling St Oval on the final round of the season and won in all four age groups. First and Reserve Grade took out the minor Premierships with u17s finishing equal first on points but missing out on goal difference!. U14s claimed 3rd spot on their points table enabling all four teams to march into the finals. Newcastle Olympic is the only club with four representations in the finals and needless to say, have also collected the Herald WPL Club Champions title. Congratulations to everyone and good luck in the finals.

Newcastle Olympic vs New Lambton
1st Grade Olympic won 8-0
Goals: Jemma House 4, Georgia Amess 2, Keely Gawlthrope, Brooke Summers.

Reserve Grade Olympic won 2-0
Under 17s Olympic won 3-0
Under 14s Olympic won 3-1

NPL First and Reserve Grades were on a bye and did not play this weekend. U18s played away to Broadmeadow Magic and came away with a 1-1 draw.

Round 16 of the 2020 NNSW NPL season was played at Darling St Oval between Newcastle Olympic and Lake Macquarie. All four Olympic teams won their matches in high scoring games. The u14s team which is currently 1st place on their respective points table, 14 wins in 14 matches (2 further scheduled games were not played due to COVID-19), reached 99 goals scored for the season! This is the highest number of goals scored by any NPL team in NNSW of any age group! They also hold the record of the lowest conceded, only 3 goals so far! Congratulations to all the players and coaching staff and good luck in the remaining 6 games of the season.

Newcastle Olympic vs Lake Macquarie
Under 16s Olympic won 9-0
Under 15s Olympic won 8-1
Under 14s Olympic won 11-0
Under 13s Olympic won 14-1

Newcastle Olympic zone teams took on Wallsend FC in Round 13 of the competition at Islington Park and had two draws.  All at the club wish Aaron Zissis a speedy recovery after suffering a serious leg injury during the First Grade fixture.

Olympic vs Wallsend
1st Grade match abandoned in 2nd half 1-1
Reserve Grade drew 3-3

Over 35s:
Newcastle Olympic O35s were away to Kahibah on Friday night and came away with a 0-0 draw.

SAP/NET:                                                                                                                 U9s, U10s, and U11s SAP teams played at LMRFF against Broadmeadow Magic and Mid Coast this weekend and once again put in great performances.

U12s NET took on Charlestown Azzuri at Islington Oval and came away with a convincing 7-0 win!

Community Juniors:
Newcastle Community juniors played Round 13 of the season on Saturday at Darling St and Kurraka Ovals against Merewether, Kotara South, Maryland Fletcher and Merewether. All our young Olympians played well and advanced another step in the football journey.

source: Tom Tsamouras

First Herald Womens Premier League Premiership and WPL Club Championship for Newcastle Olympic

Newcastle Olympic has today reinforced its position as the premier football club in Northern NSW. Adding to the club’s long history of success in men’s football, the club is continuing that success in the women’s game through being crowned:

Herald WPL Premiers – First Grade

Herald WPL Premiers – Reserve Grade

Herald WPL Club Champions

Together with strong performances by the club’s U17s and U14s girls teams, Newcastle Olympic is the only WPL club which will be involved in the finals series in all four grades.

“It feels quite rewarding to bring success to the club after all the support we have received. To be able to give back to Olympic is very important for us as well.” said WPL Head Coach Harmonie Atwill.

“The club’s been amazing and we’re so glad we could secure The Herald WPL Premiership for Olympic. It’s a fantastic feeling to be wearing the blue & white.” added 1st Grade Captain Sophie O’Brien

“From the day we committed to entering the WPL, our focus has been on building ‘One Club’ – women, men, girls and boys. From first grade through to the U6s. While we are obviously thrilled at winning these premierships, what is even more important is that we have integrated everyone into the one premier club.” said Club President George Sofianos.

This first WPL Club Championship for Newcastle Olympic is a continuation of the history of the club in winning more NPL Club Championships than any other club. With the NPL season heading into its final rounds, Olympic are currently ahead in the NPL Club Championship and hope to secure that title as well.

“The really exciting thing is that we have achieved so much in our first year in womens football. There is much more improvement to come in 2021 and beyond.” said Mr Sofianos.

Source: Tom Tsamouras

NPL Youth: 99 goal haul reached by u14s Newcastle Olympic in 14 games

Round 16 of the 2020 NNSW NPL Youth season was played today at Darling St Oval between Newcastle Olympic and Lake Macquarie. All four Olympic teams won their matches in high scoring games.

The u14s team which is currently  in 1st place on their respective points table, 14 wins in 14 matches (2 further scheduled games were not played due to COVID-19), reached 99 goals scored for the season!

This is the highest number of goals scored by any NPL team in NNSW of any age group! They also hold the record of the lowest conceded, only 3 goals so far!

Congratulations to all the players and coaching staff and good luck in the remaining 6 games of the season.

Newcastle Olympic vs Lake Macquarie

U16s won 9-0

U15s won 8-1

U14s won 11-0

U13s won 14-1

source: Tom Tsamouras


Herald WPL: Newcastle Olympic host New Lambton ahead of being crowned WPL Premiers for 2020

On Sunday Newcastle Olympic take on New Lambton at Darling St Oval. Reserve Grade have already been crowned Premiers and with either a win or draw First Grade will do the same. U17s are on equal 1st spot on the points table and u14s will finish the season in 3rd spot regardless of the result on Sunday. Congratulations and a great achievement by the players and coaching staff.

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

NPL First and Reserve Grades are on a bye and do not play this weekend. U18s play away to Broadmeadow Magic on Sunday 27th September.

U18s Broadmeadow Magic vs Newcastle Olympic kick off at 5:00PM at Magic Park

On Saturday Newcastle Olympic NPL Youth teams host Lake Macquarie at Darling St Oval in Round 16 of the competition. U15s are running 2nd on their points table and all other three age groups are 1st!

U16s kick off at 4:00PM
U15s kick off at 2:00PM
U14s kick off at 12:00AM
U13s kick off at 10:00AM

Newcastle Olympic zone teams take on Wallsend FC in Round 13 on Saturday 26th September at Islington Park .

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

Over 35s:
Newcastle Olympic O35s are away to Kahibah this Friday night. They kick off at 8:00PM on Kahibah No2.


U9s Blue kick off at 10:30AM at LMRFF vs Broadmeadow Magic, on Saturday 26th September

U9s White kick off at 10:30AM at LMRFF vs Broadmeadow Magic, on Saturday 26th September.

U10s White kick off at 1:30PM at LMRFF vs Broadmeadow Magic, on Saturday 26th September

U10s Blue kick off at 1:30PM at LMRFF vs Broadmeadow Magic, on Saturday 26th September

U11s White kick off at 3:15PM at LMRFF vs Broadmeadow Magic, on Saturday 26th September

U11s Blue kick off at 1:45PM at LMRFF vs Mid Coast, on Saturday 26th September

U12s NET kick off at 9:00AM at Islington Park vs Charlestown Azzuri on Saturday 26th Sept..

Community Juniors:
Newcastle Community juniors play Round 13 of the season on Saturday 26th September.

U6s/01 kick off at 8:30AM at Darling St Oval against Merewether                  U6s/02 kick off at 8:30AM at Darling St Oval against Kotara South
U6s/03 kick off at 8:30AM at Darling St Oval against Kotara South
U7s/01 kick off at 8:30AM at Darling St Oval against Kotara South
U7s/02 kick off at 9:30AM at Kurraka Oval against Maryland Fletcher
U8s/01 kick off at 9:30AM at Darling St Oval against Kotara South
U8s/02 kick off at 10:30AM at Darling St Oval against Kotara South
U8s/03 kick off at 8.30AM at Darling St Oval against Merewether

source: Tom Tsamouras


Coach Harmonie Attwill heaps praise on Olympic defence as Herald Women’s Premier League finals approach

Strikers’ feats always attract plenty of praise but coach Harmonie Attwill reserved special mention for her back line after Newcastle Olympic put one hand on the Herald Women’s Premier League minor premiership on Sunday.

While Jemma House bagged her eighth hat-trick of the season to set up Olympic’s important 4-0 win over Broadmeadow, Attwill was equally pleased with a strong defensive effort.

“We wanted to play a really attacking style against Magic and played three in the back, which was a bit different for us,” Attwill said.

“I was really impressed with Danielle Nicol at right-back. Her job was to keep [Magic’s] Lucy [Jerram] out of the game and she did a great job. And you can’t go past [centre-back] Sophie O’Brien. She’s not the fastest player on the field but she’s smart enough to put herself in the right position and no one really got past her. Soph’s positioning is perfect and they didn’t score.”

With one round remaining before finals, Olympic lead on 31 points with the league’s best attacking and defensive record. They are three points clear of second-placed Magic with a far superior goal difference and are unlikely to be headed for the minor premiership.

They have already secured the reserve-grade minor title. Olympic’s 17s are second on goal difference but on the same points as leaders Merewether and their 14s will finish third.

Olympic host New Lambton at Darling Street Oval on Sunday.


NPL: U18s Newcastle Olympic collect the 3 points from Adamstown Rosebud

Newcastle Olympic collected the 3 points from the deferred Round 6 fixture against Adamstown Rosebud last night.

Running out 2-1 winners, the boys in blue are 3 points clear in first place and look set to add another title. 

Reserve Grade are also in first place, 4 points clear of their nearest rival while First Grade are in 3rd spot.

source: Tom Tsamouras

NPL: U18s Newcastle Olympic take on Adamstown Rosebud tonight at Adamstown Oval

In a Round 6 catch-up game at Adamstown Oval tonight at 7:30 u18s Newcastle Olympic take on Adamstown.

Olympic are locked in first place with Lambton Jaffas but with a game in hand. A win tonight will enable them to retain first spot with a 3 point lead.

Good luck to our boys.

Source: Tom Tsamouras

Herald WPL: Newcastle Olympic WPL Reserve Grade Minor Premiers in NNSW


After defeating Broadmeadow Magic 2-1 on the second last game of the season at Magic Park on Sunday, Newcastle Olympic Reserve Grade were crowned minor premiers for 2020!

Congratulations to all the players, coaching staff and administrators. A great achievement.

Source: Tom Tsamouras





HERALD WPL: Newcastle Olympic crush Broadmeadow Magic 4-0 and close in on title


Newcastle Olympic have one hand on the premiership trophy after a Jemma House inspired win over Broadmeadow Magic.

The competition’s leading scorer led the way for the visitors with her eighth hat-trick of the year as Olympic cemented top spot on the table. Georgia Amess also found the scoresheet.

“The first half was a really good half of football. It was competitive for everyone, we both had our chances, we both let them go,” Olympic coach Harmonie Attwill said.

“We just knew at half-time that we would slowly wear them down. We know that we’re probably the fittest team in the competition and we just had to stick to our game plan and be patient.”

Scoreless at half-time, Olympic were clinical in the second as the visitors put away four unanswered goals.

“It was just about being more aware of our ball movement and trying to be a little bit quicker and not taking as many touches,” Attwill said.

“We just wanted to speed things up. We play well quickly, we want that intensity to be high.”

The premiership is now almost administrative for Olympic who would need to lose against New Lambton next week and have Broadmeadow Magic defeat Mid Coast FC to be once again level on points. Olympic have a far superior goal difference of +45 compared to Magic’s +20.

Magic coach Jake Curley was left lamenting what might have been after his side failed to convert opportunities into goals in the first half.

“We struggled with the final third and a lack of discipline,” Curley said.

“We talked about where they were dangerous and we conceded in those areas.”

Magic round out the regular season with a trip to Taree to take on Mid Coast FC next weekend. Curley does not believe the loss to Olympic will halt his side’s momentum.

“Having one bad half in the last six weeks is not something to lose confidence about. That happens in football,” Curley said.

Erin Wilson drew compliments from the coach, who has been impressed by the side’s performances given 2020 was the first year Magic had featured in the competition since 2011.

“For a new team with a number of new players I think the year has been really good,” Curley said.


Warners Bay locked in a finals place with a win over rivals Merewether United on Sunday.

Jen Hoy led the way for the Panthers with three goals, while Elodie Dagg also found the back of the net in the 4-3 win.

“I thought the girls played really well. Right from the whistle they started well and scored an early goal,” Warners Bay coach Craig Atkins said.

“Overall, the girls did their role as individuals and as a unit.”

According to Atkins, the performance was still far from his side’s best, with composure in front of goal a focus moving forward.

“We’ve still got a lot to do on our finishing. We had a number of chances and we could have buried the game,” Atkins said.

“We just need more composure in front of goal, just relax a little bit, have a look where you need to put the ball and compose yourself.”

The Panthers finish the regular season with a trip to Adamstown Oval to take on Adamstown Rosebud and, while the result will not change their position on the ladder, Atkins sees the game as just as critical.

“I said to the girls on Sunday it’s semi-finals football now. That’s how I want you to play, play with that intensity, be first to the ball,” he said.

“We have to do the simple things right.”

Down 4-1 in the second half, Merewether clawed its way back into the match through Rhali Dobson and Lori Depczynski.

“It took the girls a little while to get a handle on Jen Hoy but once they did, we did pretty well,” Merewether coach Scott Ellis said.

“We reverted a little bit, we just wanted to play the ball first time all day rather than keeping the ball.”

Alison Logue missed the clash through injury, while Jamee Ellis returned for the home side having missed last weekend’s double header against Mid Coast.

“For us, we’ve just got to be patient in the build-up and not rush. When we didn’t rush and when we just found the holding midfielder and moved the ball from side to side, we pushed them back and created good opportunities,” Ellis said.

Merewether will likely meet Warners Bay in week one of the finals series.


New Lambton returned to the winner’s circle with a two-goal win over Thornton.

In the last Herald Women’s Premier League game to be played at Thornton Park it was the visiting Eagles who found the scoresheet in the 25th minute thanks to Adriana Jones.

The home side returned fire seven minutes later through Jaz Hughes. Her shot initially found the gloves of New Lambton keeper Tru Parker before Hughes slotted away a deflection to level the score.

And as the heavens opened, so did the goal count as Jones and Tahlia Gossner extended the margin to 3-1 to the Eagles. Taleah Mountford clawed one back for the Redbacks to leave the game in the balance mid-way through the second half.

Kate Heap sealed the deal for the Eagles with a spectacular effort from long range.

“Mentally the win is a big one. For the girls these last eight weeks has been hard so now just to have a win and while we did concede two, the positives override the two goals conceded,” New Lambton technical director and interim head coach Cas Wright said.

The win came as New Lambton announced Greg Lowe as head coach for next season. Lowe has previously worked as a coach with the Newcastle Jets Academy and also at Valentine FC during its stint in the Herald Women’s Premier League.

“We’ve just got to stick to our plan and move forward. 2021 for New Lambton is very exciting,” Wright said.

Emily Wicks joined a growing casualty list for the Eagles, who face Newcastle Olympic next week.

And while Thornton will be disappointed to have not walked away with points from their home ground’s swansong, it wasn’t through lack of effort. Coach Al Primmer had nothing but admiration for his side’s performance.

“The effort was wonderful. I’ve never doubted the effort and that’s us. It shows a lot about Thornton through all the years, the girls play for each other,” Primmer said.

Asked about the nearing end of Thornton’s time in the Herald Women’s Premier League, Primmer reflected on the development pathway the club has played for many young up-and-coming Hunter Valley footballers.

“It’s exactly how we started. We started with a bunch of 15, 16 and 17-year-olds and that’s how we finished. When I looked out there near the end of first grade, I think we had six 18-year-olds or under,” he said.

“We started as a youth development club and that’s how we finished. I’ve said it to a lot of people, our worst player in under 14s is just as important as our best player in first grade.”

Thornton round out their time in the competition with a trip to Arthur Edden Oval to take on Merewether United.


Adamstown Rosebud were too good for Mid Coast FC as Rosebud ran out 4-1 winners over the visiting Middies on Sunday morning.

Emma Bates bagged a brace as Kimmy Trappett and Belle Hewitt also added their names to the scoresheet.

“The girls were pretty keen to go out and play well and to show they don’t deserve to be where they are on the table,” Adamstown coach Ryan Campbell said.

“They did that, there were lots of good performances.”

Having struck the lead early Adamstown managed to hold out the Middies attack, with the side quick to close out the match with the result on the line.

“We took our chances for once. I think the fact the girls actually got a result when they deserved it,” Campbell said.

“When it went to 2-1, in other games we probably would have let them back in the game but we scored to make it 3-1 pretty quickly after that.”

Rosebud finish the season with a return to Adamstown Oval to host Warners Bay, after Sunday’s game was played on the synthetic surface at Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility.

“We train on it and it probably suits our style a lot more than playing at our home ground does,” Campbell said.

“I just hope that we finish the season positively and we show what we’re about and how we want people to know us as a team.”

The loss ended Mid Coast’s slim hopes of finals football but coach Mick Grass was adamant season 2020 had delivered plenty of positives.

“If anything comes out of this season it’s that more consistently what we are doing is actually working and we’re heading in the right direction,” he said.

Courtney Anderson added another goal to her season tally, with the customary attack a stand-out in a losing side.

“We weren’t up to the standard we were up to last week [against Merewether],” Grass said.

“It was disappointing that we just weren’t committed enough of some of the set pieces. You’ve got to want it more if you really want to get the result.

“If we committed ourselves better in those moments, we don’t go into half-time as far down as we were.”


NPL: Newcastle Olympic edged out 3-1 by Edgeworth Eagles


Edgeworth are one win away from an historic premiership after defeating Newcastle Olympic 3-1 in a high-quality Match of the Round at Darling Street Oval on Sunday.

The Eagles notched their 10th victory of the season with the triumph as they edged closer to a record-breaking 13th title for the club.

Dylan Holz fired the away side into the lead in the 22nd minute with a header from a Josh Rose cross as the Eagles took a 1-0 lead to the break.

Olympic got back into the game after half-time with Jared Muller continuing his stellar form in front of goal to level the scores and tally his seventh goal of the season.

With the match drawing to a close, Kristian Brymora scored the crucial goal for the Eagles in the 82nd minute with a curling shot to find the top corner.

Damon Green sealed the victory slotting home from close range to make it 3-1 and continue the Eagles hot streak at the top of the table.

“We knew it was going to be a tough game. Olympic needed points but I’m just happy with the boys. They just keep getting the job done,” Edgeworth player-coach Josh Rose said.

“We were down on troops and the young boys [who] came on at the end gave us enough and we got the result.

“It was a well-rounded performance. Everyone had a bit to play. Kristian was more involved in the play and [it] was fantastic to see him get that goal and set up Greeny. Greeny off the bench was fantastic and almost changed the game.

“We haven’t spoken about the premiership but now the reality is next week we can win and it will be that little bit of extra motivation but we need to go to Maitland and try and win.”


Broadmeadow Magic scored two late goals, including a stoppage time winner, to sink Lake Macquarie with a 3-2 victory at Macquarie Field on Saturday.

Ryan Ensor scored the important third goal to earn the victory for Magic and maintain their position of second on the table.

Mitch Rooke opened the scoring for the away side in the 28th minute but Lakes would hit back with the determination to keep their season alive.

Two goals from Campbell Ross and Chris Berlin after half-time gave the Roosters the lead.

But Broadmeadow would show why they are in second place to rally home with two late goals, the first coming through James Virgili and then Ensor in stoppage time.

Magic remain in the premiership hunt but will need Edgeworth to drop points and win all their games to achieve first place while Lake Macquarie remain at the bottom of the table with their sixth loss in a row.

Broadmeadow have the bye next round while Lake Macquarie will travel to play Lambton.


Two sides battling for a finals position, Weston and Lambton, played out a tense 1-1 draw at Rockwell Automation Park on Saturday.

The pair couldn’t be split after 90 minutes, with both teams frustrated they could not reaffirm themselves and beat a close rival on the table.

Both defences stood firm in the first half to keep out any goals before Kale Bradbery broke the deadlock in the 65th minute.

Weston responded quickly through Aaron Niyonkuru with the attacker on hand in the 73rd minute to equalise for the Bears.

Both teams fought hard but could not find the elusive second goal to leave all square.

The two clubs remain equal on 15 points with Lambton ahead in fifth on goal difference.


Maitland has emphatically re-emerged into the winner’s circle after smashing Adamstown Rosebud 6-0 at Adamstown Oval on Sunday.

Braedyn Crowley scored a clinical hat-trick to take his tally to 10 for the season and emerge as the new leader in the race for the golden boot, with the attacker looking to make it two years in a row picking up the individual award.

Ryan Clarke, Joel Wood and James Thompson scored the other goals as Adamstown played the majority of the fixture with 10 men after losing skipper Luke Rutledge in the 18th minute.

After a tough couple of results, the defending premiers needed a win and will be pleased to score plenty of goals.

The win moves the side back into the top four ahead of their clash with 2019 grand final opponents Edgeworth next weekend.

Adamstown are now out of the running for finals and will be playing for pride when they take on Valentine next round.

Valentine FC and Charlestown Azzurri had the bye.