U16s Newcastle Jets are due to face Northbridge Bulls FC in Round 24 of the competition at Speers Point this Sunday. The U16s Jets remain in 1st place on the table despite three washed out games in the past four weeks! Northbridge have played all 23 of their matches, compared to 19 from the Jets, and are in 6th place, 13 points behind the Novocastrians.
In the first round clash the Jets were able to extract a hard fought 2-1 victory in Sydney. Having played only one competitive match in the past four weeks, compared to the Sydneysiders who have played all their matches, makes the odds even between the two teams. Given that a number of u16 Jets players may have to play up in the u18s to make up for the u18s playing up in the u20s and Youth, makes the odds in favor of Northbridge!
The three washed out matches in the past month have resulted in the U18s Newcastle Jets drop to 6th position on the ladder while Northbridge are in 10th. The inactivity by the Newcastle team for so long, coupled with many of it’s players having to step up into u20s and Youth to cover for the players who have left, makes the odds in favor of the Sydneysiders.
U15s Newcastle Jets remain in 2nd position despite playing three games less than most teams. Northbridge on the other hand have played all their games and are in 12th position! Despite this, the lack of match games by the Jets over the past month coupled with players having to play up in higher age groups evens the odds between the two teams.
U14s Newcastle Jets have dropped to 8th position on the points table, 13 points behind Northbridge who occupy 4th place! Not only are the Sydney siders a strong team, given the lack of matches played by the Jets, makes them favorites in this match!
U13s Newcastle Jets have also dropped to 4th place on the points ladder after having played only one game in the past month. Northbridge occupy 9th position and will prove a difficult opponent given the amount of inactivity by the Jets.
After this game, only six matches remain until the end of the season! Given there are 4 washed out fixtures and there is still no sign of these games being re-scheduled, it will either be a very busy six remaining weeks, or these games will not be played at all!
The Club championship battle continues between three teams, Hills United, St George City and the Newcastle Jets. Considering only two teams can gain promotion and given that both Hills United and St George City have played three games more than the Jets, they are ahead on points and favorites to finish in first and second place!
Round 24: Newcastle Jets vs Northbridge Bulls FC on Sunday 31st July at LMRFF Speers Point.
U18s kick off at 3:00pm
U16s kick off at 1:15pm
U15s kick off at 11:40am
U14s kick off at 10:05am
U13s kick off at 8.30am
U16s Round 24 FNSW Boy’s Youth League2 Fixtures:
U16s FNSW Boy’s Youth League2 Table:
FNSW Boy’s Youth League2 Club Championship:
source: Tom Tsamouras