U16s Newcastle Jets, Premiers of the FNSW Youth League Two, will face Hills United in the Grand Final on Saturday at Valentine Sports Park in Sydney. These two teams finished 1st and 2nd after 30 rounds of football throughout the 2022 season.
In Round 15 of the season in Sydney the result between the two teams was 3-3! The Jets were leading 3-0 until the last 20 minutes when they had a player sent off and Hills were able to capitalize on this and salvage a draw. In Round 30 and after the Newcastle Jets had been crowned Premiers a week earlier, Hills United defeated them 4-0!
The Newcastle Jets team played Rydalmere Lions in the semi-finals and were locked at 0-0 after normal time as well as in extra time. They were able to qualify for the Grand Final by winning 5-3 in a penalty shoot-out! Hills on the other hand defeated Nepean FC 2-1 in normal time after being locked at 1-1 at half time.
Both teams have proven themselves as the best two sides in the division and will be playing in FNSW Youth League One next season. They have equal chances of winning the Grand Final and the team that can adapt to the conditions of the game on the day will probably be the victor.
U15s Newcastle Jets who finished the season in 2nd place will face the Premiers St George City FA for the Grand Final, also at Valentine Sports Park. In Round 7 St George was able to defeat the Jets 1-0 in Sydney with a goal scored on the last minute of play. In Round 22 at Speers Point the Jets defeated St George 3-2.
In the Semi-Final the Jets had little difficulty disposing NWS Spirit FC 4-1 while St. George easily overcame Hills United by 3-1. There is very little between these two teams and the winner in the Grand-Final will be determined by whichever team is able to adapt to the conditions of the game on the day!
Finally, u13s Newcastle Jets, Premiers of the FNSW Youth League Two, will face NWS Spirit FC in their Grand-Final in the same venue. In the two games played during the season NWS Spirit defeated the Jets on both occasions by 4-2 in Sydney and 1-0 in Newcastle. In the semi-final fixtures Newcastle Jets overcame South Coast Flame by 3-1 while NWS Spirit defeated Hakoah Sydney City East FC by the same score.
Both teams are of equal strength, and anything is possible in the Grand-Final. As in the case with the other two matches, the winner will be determined by the side which adapts better to the conditions of the game on the day.
FNSW Boy’s Youth League Two Grand-Final fixtures:
source: Tom Tsamouras