NPL: Newcastle Olympic take on Maitland in the Minor semi-final



Newcastle Olympic will host Maitland in a do-or-die minor semi-final at Darling Street Oval on Sunday.

The two sides had differing results in their previous finals games but both will be determined to stay in the hunt to chase the championship.

Newcastle Olympic endured a 3-1 loss to Broadmeadow Magic last weekend but earned another shot after finishing third on the table.

On the other side, Maitland overcame Charlestown Azzurri, winning on penalties to advance to week two of the finals.

Newcastle will now feel the intensity of a sudden death playoff but will go in confident after doing the double over the Magpies this season.

Olympic defeated Maitland on separate occasions in 2020 including a 4-0 win earlier in the season at Darling Street Oval.

But Maitland have won their last four games in a row and are well accustomed to the pressure cooker of finals football.

Newcastle Olympic interim coach Alex Tagaroulias said he was wary of Maitland’s strengths.

“We have to take our opportunities and it shows the importance of taking chances from the Magic game,” Tagaroulias said.

“As far as Maitland are concerned, beware of the wounded tiger. Some people have got injuries but they have got enough ammunition to make life difficult.

“Now we’ve got to try and beat them a third time and we have to do it again.”



1ST GRADE: Minor Semi-Final

Newcastle Olympic vs Maitland kick off 2:30PM on Sunday 25th October at Darling St Oval4

Reserve Grade: Major Semi-Final

Newcastle Olympic vs Lambton Jaffas kick off 3:00PM on Saturday 24th October at Jack McLaughlan Oval, Edgeworth.

U18s: Round 16

Charlestown Azzuri vs Newcastle Olympic kick off 5:00PM on Sunday 25th October at LMRFF, Speers Point.

NPL YOUTH: Round 20

Newcastle Olympic vs Broadmeadow Magic on Saturday 24th October at Darling St Oval

U16s kick off at 3:00PM

U15s kick off at 1:00PM

U14s kick off at 11:00AM

U13s kick off at 9:00AM

SAP: Round 17

U9s Blue kick off at 9:00AM at Johnston Park vs Charlestown, on Saturday 24th October.

U9s White kick off at 9:00AM at Johnston Park vs Charlestown, on Saturday 24th October.

U10s White kick off at 12:15PM at LMRFF vs Mid Coast on Sunday 25th October.

U10s Blue kick off at 1:00PM at LMRFF vs Charlestown, on Saturday 24th October.

U11s White kick off at 5:00PM at LMRFF vs Newcastle SAP Girls on Thursday 22nd  October.

U11s Blue kick off at 10:00PM at The Gardens vs Wallsend on Sunday 25th October.

Source: Tom Tsamouras



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