Newcastle Olympic U14s and U16s, both 2020 Premiers in their respective age groups represented the club in the NPL Youth Grand Finals held at Edgeworth and Maitland over the weekend.
U14s played Broadmeadow Magic and took the lead early in the half only to be equalised just before half time with a penalty. The took the lead again in the second half with a well taken free kick but a send off for a second yellow card reduced the team to 10 men and shortly after an equaliser ensured the match ended 2-2. In the 20 minutes of extra time, the numerical disadvantage plus a number of injuries in the team recording its first and loss in 2020.
U16s took on Lambton Jaffas and succeeded in pulling away to a 2-0 lead before a send-off and a penalty brought the score to 2-1 for a tense finish. Despite this the 2020 Premiers held on and collected their second title of the season as Grand Final winners.
Congratulations to the players, coaching staff of both teams for such a fantastic season.
Source: Tom Tsamouras