Monthly Archives: February 2023

U20s Newcastle Jets defeat Camden Tigers 5-2 while U18s Newcastle Jets salvage a 3-3 draw


U20s Newcastle Jets came back from 1-0 down against Camden Tigers on Sunday night at the LMRFF to lead 5-1 and playing with one player short for most of the second half!. The game had goals, intensity, controversy, yellow and red cards, and most importantly, spectators on the edge of their seats!

The visitors came out with all guns blazing from the opening minute of the match. They were fast, physically strong and dominated every ball in the air. By the 15th minute a well floated ball on the left wing and a fortunate bounce, enabled Oscar Coltman to open the score for the visitors.

The Jets withstood some pressure but once the intensity of the Camden Tigers dropped, they were able to exert their own pressure on the opposition goal mouth that resulted in two penalties being awarded and a score-line of 2-1 by half time!

With the start of the second half, Camden increased the intensity of their play but were unable to open the Jet’s defence. In 66th minute Xavier Reid received a straight red by the ref leaving the Jets with 10 men for the remaining 24 minutes!

The reaction by the Jets was to play a very intelligent possession game wearing their opponents out and looking to hit them on the counter-attack. By the 77th minute Xavier Bertoncello broke through to add the Jet’s 3rd goal and to put the game beyond reach. No sooner had the Sydney team recovered from the third goal, Amos Okumu added a fourth in the 84th minute and Christian Bracco the fifth in the 87th minute. Camden were able to add a consolation goal with a chip over the goalkeeper but it was too little, too late!

The U20s recorded their 4th win in four matches which secures them 1st place. Also, not only was it an enjoyable match to watch, despite 3 yellow cards and a red for the Jets and 3 yellow cards for Camden, it gave the opportunity to a number of young 15 and 16 year old Jets players to gain valuable experience.

Fifteen year old Pat Innes and 16 year old George Tsamouras played full games, while 16 year old Lucas Walshe, Kynan Watkins and Kruze Davidson were thrown into the match during the 2nd half.


FNSW League Two Men’s Round 4:

Newcastle Jets vs Camden Tigers FC on Sunday 26th  February at the LMRFF, Speers Point.

Youth Jets won 3-2

U20s Jets won 5-2

FNSW League Two Men’s Round 4 results:



FNSW League Two Men’s Table


Newcastle Jets: 01 Patrick Innes, 21 Cale Graham, 24 Kierry James, 29 Xavier Bertoncello, 33 James Khoury, 34 Max Bailey, 35 Blake Robinson, 36 Amos Okumu, 39 Xavier Reid, 44 George Tsamouras, 57 Christian Bracco, subs: 20 Ethan Lewis, 41 Lucas Walshe, 50 Kynan Watkins, 54 Kruze Davidson.


In FNSW Youth League One, U18s Newcastle Jets were able to salvage their first point of the season by scoring two goals in the final 5 minutes to draw their match 3-3!

FNSW Boy’s Youth One Round 2:

Newcastle Jets vs Blacktown City FC on Sunday 26th  February at the LMRFF, Speers Point.

U18s Jets drew 3-3

U16s Jets drew 1-1

U15s Jets drew 1-1

U14s Jets won 2-1

U13s Jets won 5-3

Source: Tom Tsamouras

Newcastle Jets take on Camden Tigers & Blacktown City at the LMRFF


After the 7-1 thumping of Bankstown, U20s Newcastle Jets take on Camden Tigers in Round 4 of the FNSW League Two Men’s competition. Sitting in 1st place with 3 wins from three games and with a goal average of 13-1, the Jets are favourites against an opponent who has won one and drew one from two matches played. Of interest will be the use of half a dozen 16 year old’s who had a very positive impact on the match the previous week.

FNSW League Two Men’s Round 4:

Newcastle Jets vs Camden Tigers FC on Sunday 26th  February at the LMRFF, Speers Point.

Youth kick off at 5:00pm

U20s kick off at 7:00pm


U18s Newcastle Jets will have their work cut out against a very strong Blacktown outfit. Despite players from the Youth and U20s training squads in Round 1 of the FNSW Boy’s Youth One competition last week, they failed to make an impact against fellow newly promoted Hills United! On paper, Blacktown appears to be a much stronger opponent.

FNSW Boy’s Youth One Round 2:

Newcastle Jets vs Blacktown City FC on Sunday 26th  February at the 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 8:30 am

source: Tom Tsamouras

U18s Newcastle Jets crash out to Hills United 3-1, but U20s Newcastle Jets crush Bankstown 7-1


An U18s Newcastle Jets team featuring half of the U18s training squad and players from the U20s and Youth training squads crashed out 3-1 to Hills United! The U20s Newcastle Jets, featuring five u18s in their squad, crushed Bankstown 7-1!

The u16s Grand Final losers from the 2022 season, Hills United, exacted revenge on an U18s Jets team not in short supply of talented players on Sunday afternoon and returned to Sydney with 3 points! Despite the array of talent on the field, the Newcastle team were not able to play the free flowing football that won them the Grand Final a few months ago and were beaten by 3-1.

The U20s Newcastle Jets took on Bankstown United in a quick and entertaining game on Sunday night at the LMRFF. Both teams played free flowing attacking football with action at both ends of the field. The Jets were able to take the lead in 6’ through Christian Bracco only to concede an equaliser in the 10” by the Sydney visitors. Another goal in the 18’ by Christian Bracco and another in the 34’ by Jayden Ashbourne found the Newcastle team leading 3-1 at the break.

The second half continued to be free flowing attacking football by both teams. Mid way through the second half both teams began to tire and many silly free kicks were being conceded by both teams. At the 70’ the Newcastle Jets bench introduced the first of the five u18s, George Tsamouras, in midfield. Good combination play by the Newcastle players enabled Christian Bracco to add a 4th goal and a personal hat trick for the night!

Seth Anderson and Jordan Gu were added in attack and in midfield and the momentum of the Newcastle team continued strong with a 5th goal scored by Cale Graham! Kynan Watkins and Kruze Davidson were added to the game and within minutes the score turned into a 7-1 triumph from goals scored by Seth Anderson and Kynan Watkins!

A great night of entertaining football, a good win for the U20s team and a great effort by the five U18s training squad members.


Newcastle Jets vs Hills United FC on Sunday 19th February at the LMRFF, Speers Point.

U18s Jets lost 3-1

U16s Jets won 7-0

U15s Jets lost 2-0

U14s Jets lost 2-1

U13s Jets won 2-0

Newcastle Jets vs Bankstown United FC on Sunday 19th February at the LMRFF, Speers Point.

Jets Youth drew 1-1

U20s Jets won 7-1


Source: Tom Tsamouras

U18s Newcastle Jets take on Hills United in Round 1 of the 2023 Youth League One competition of Football NSW.

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The end of last season culminated with Newcastle Jets winning the premiership at the expense of Hills United and collecting the Grand Final at the expense of the same team! The start of this season pitches the same teams against each other in a mouth-watering re-match at the LMRFF.

Hills United FC have invested in players during the off season and should be stronger than the fine side they were last season. Newcastle Jets have only had minor changes to their roster and should rise to the occasion for another great battle on the day.

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Newcastle Jets vs Hills United FC on Sunday 19th February at the 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 8:30 am


U18s Round1: FNSW Youth League One



source: Tom Tsamouras

U18s Newcastle Jets take on APIA Leichhardt in the last trial game before the start of the season


Newcastle Jets Academy teams take on APIA Leichhardt FC in the last trial match before the start of the 2023 season next weekend. The matches will be played at Lambert Park in Sydney with the bureau forecasting hot conditions.

There is little recent history between the two sides as APIA Leichhardt FC played in Youth League One last season while the Newcastle Jets in Youth League Two.

Despite this, the matches should prove useful for the teams of both clubs in their preparation for the start of the new season.

APIA Leichhardt FC vs Newcastle Jets at Lambert Park on Saturday 11th February 2023

U18s kick off at 3:30pm

U16s kick off at 1:45pm

U15s kick off at 12:10pm

U14s kick off at 10:35am

U13s kick off at 9:00am


source: Tom Tsamouras

Young Socceroos squad named for AFC U-20 Asian Cup Uzbekistan 2023


Young Socceroos’ Head Coach Trevor Morgan has selected a strong 23-player squad to represent Australia at the AFC U-20 Asian Cup Uzbekistan 2023™.

Comprising of nineteen locally based players, the Australians will assemble in Tashkent, Uzbekistan from February 20, where they have been drawn in Group B of four groups, alongside IR Iran, Qatar, and Vietnam during the tournament that runs 1 – 18 March, 2023. 

The Subway Young Socceroos will need to reach the semi finals in Uzbekistan to qualify for the FIFA U-20 World Cup Indonesia 2023™, which would be Australia’s first appearance at this global event since 2013.

Speaking about the squad for the AFC U-20 Asian Cup Uzbekistan 2023™, Trevor Morgan said: “We have selected players who are emerging talents in the A-League Men’s competition and overseas leagues that need to be exposed to international tournament conditions, and the AFC U-20 Asian Cup provides up to six games inside 18 days against varied opponents.

“This squad of players have been inspired by the performances of the Subway Socceroos in Qatar, and those heading to Uzbekistan can’t wait to pull on the green and gold and represent not only themselves, their families and club, but the extended playing group on the international stage. 

“Australia has not featured at the FIFA U-20 World Cup since 2013, and the valuable experience it provides players on their way to the Subway Olyroos and Subway Socceroos is immeasurable.

“We know the AFC U-20 Asian Cup presents a huge challenge, but these are environments the best players crave, and this tournament presents an opportunity to create history and qualify for the FIFA U-20 World Cup, taking inspiration from the 2019 edition where Korea Republic appeared in the final,” concluded Morgan.

Football superstars like Diego Maradona, David Trezeguet, Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Paul Pogba and 2019 top goal scorer, Erling Haaland, all had their first exposure to international tournament football at previous FIFA U-20 World Cups, demonstrating the career defining opportunity that awaits the Subway Young Socceroos in Uzbekistan.

The FIFA U-20 World Cup Indonesia 2023™ is scheduled to run 20 May – 11 June 2023, which will feature 24 teams from six Confederations, including the semi-finalists from AFC U-20 Asian Cup Uzbekistan 2023™. 

Due to this tournament being played outside a FIFA international window and following consultation with their respective clubs, a number of European-based players were unavailable for selection for the AFC U-20 Asian Cup Uzbekistan 2023™, however will be considered should Australia qualify for the FIFA U-20 World Cup Indonesia 2023™.

All Young Socceroos’ AFC U20 Asian Cup Uzbekistan 2023™ matches will be streamed live and free on 10 Play, with expert commentary by Teo Pellizzeri.

Young Socceroos Match Schedule – AFC Asian Cup Uzbekistan 2023™

Time/Date Match Venue
3.00pm local, 4 March / 9.00pm AEDT, 1 March Australia vs Vietnam Istiqlol Stadium, Fergana, Uzbekistan
3.00pm local, 4 March / 9.00pm AEDT, 4 March Australia vs Iran Istiqlol Stadium, Fergana, Uzbekistan
3.00pm local, 7 March / 9.00pm AEDT, 7 March Australia vs Qatar JAR Stadium, Tashkent, Uzbekistan


Full Name Position Current Club (as at 8 Feb ‘23) Junior Club / Member Federation / Country
Alexander BADOLATO Midfielder Western Sydney Wanderers FC Sylvania Heights FC / Football New South Wales
Raphael BORGES RODRIGUES Attacker Melbourne City FC Western Strikers SC / Football South Australia
Rhys BOZINOVSKI Midfielder Western United FC Spring Hills Stallions FC / Football Victoria
Matthew DENCH Defender Charlton Athletic FC ECU SC / Football West
Chris DONNELL Defender Perth Glory FC Rockingham City FC / Scotland
Jed DREW Attacker Macarthur FC Meltham Athletic FC / England
Joseph FORDE Defender Perth Glory FC Forrestfield United SC / Football West
Jake GIRDWOOD-REICH Midfielder Sydney FC Sydney Olympic FC / Football New South Wales
Archie GOODWIN Attacker Newcastle Jets FC Cooks Hill United FC / Football Nothern New South Wales
Alessandro LOPANE Midfielder Western Sydney Wanderers FC APIA Leichhardt FC / Football New South Wales
Panashe MADANHA Defender Adelaide United FC Adelaide Olympic FC / Football South Australia
Kaelan MAJEKODUNMI Defender Perth Glory FC Carramar Cougars Junior FC / Football West
James NIEUWENHUIZEN Goalkeeper Melbourne City FC Goulburn Valley Suns FC / Football Victoria
Bernardo OLIVEIRA Attacker Adelaide United FC Port Adelaide SC / Football South Australia
Gabriel POPOVIC Attacker NK Rudes Sydney United 58 FC / Football New South Wales
Joshua RAWLINS Defender FC Utrecht Dianella Junior SC / Football West
Jing REEC Attacker AGF Aarhus Blacktown Workers FC / Football New South Wales
Alexander ROBINSON Goalkeeper Macarthur FC Mt Druitt Town Rangers FC / Football New South Wales
Adrian SEGECIC Midfielder Sydney FC Lidcombe Waratah Junior SC / Football New South Wales
Aidan SIMMONS Attacker Western Sydney Wanderers FC St George FA / Football New South Wales
Nectarios TRIANTIS Defender Central Coast Mariners FC Canterbury Junior FC / Football New South Wales
Jack WARSHAWSKY Goalkeeper Western Sydney Wanderers FC Buderim Wanderers FC / Football Queensland
Jonny YULL Midfielder Adelaide United FC West Torrens Birkalla SC / Football South Australia


U18s Western Sydney Wanderers prove a great test for Newcastle Jets

U18s WSW vs Newcastle Jets

In their second last pre-season trial game, U18s Newcastle Jets had the opportunity to test their strengths against one of the best Academies in Australia on Saturday afternoon at Western Sydney Wanderers Football Park.

Despite losing the game 4-0, the Newcastle team was competitive for most of the game and got a taste of what it is like playing against opposition of the highest level. The difference between the two teams was that the Sydney team was a touch faster and more clinical in it’s finishing.

This match was a useful measuring tool to see how we compare to a probable top 3 side in U18s Youth League One this season. The standard is high but with a lot of hard work, within reach of the Newcastle team.

Next week Newcastle Jets test themselves against another top side in Apia Leichardt FC.

Western Sydney Wanderers vs Newcastle Jets at Wanderers Football Park on Saturday 4th February 2023.

U18s Jets lost 4-0

U16s Jets won 1-0

U15s Jets lost 3-2

U14s Jets lost 4-1

U13s Jets lost 1-0

source: Tom Tsamouras