U18s Newcastle Jets held to a 1-1 draw by Sydney Olympic

Jets vs Olympic

U18s Newcastle Jets were held to a 1-1 draw by Sydney Olympic at Ray Watt Oval, University of Newcastle, on Sunday afternoon!

In sunny and hot conditions Sydney Olympic began proceedings with a goal from a penalty which the Jets conceded after an Olympic player was brought down inside the box, in an off the ball incident! The Jets came close moments later with a shot that came off the woodwork after a well worked move from the left. By half-way through the first half the Jets were level with a well taken shot from a well worked counter-attack from the right.

At half time the teams were locked at 1-1 and the players of both teams looked forward to the break to re-hydrate from the very hot conditions. Territorially the Jets dominated possession but could not create enough goal scoring opportunities.

The second half belonged to the Jets even more than in the first half but again, they could not find the back of the net! Despite this, the team looked a lot fitter and sharper than during previous games and this is probably more important at this early stage of the pre-season than any result or score line.

Newcastle Jets vs Sydney Olympic at Ray Watt Oval on Sunday 11th December 2022.

Youth Jets drew 0-0

U18s Jets drew 1-1

U16s Jets lost 4-0

U15s Jets lost 3-1

U14s Jets won 5-3

U13s Jets lost 2-0

Source: Tom Tsamouras


U18s Newcastle Jets take on Sydney Olympic in another pre-season trial game

Newcastle Jets vs Northern Spirit

U18s Newcastle Jets take on Sydney Olympic in their third pre-season trial game for the 2023 season at Ray Watt Oval at the University of Newcastle on Sunday afternoon.

This will be another game for the players of both clubs to begin getting match fit for the 2023 season. There is no scheduled game against Sydney Olympic in the U20s age group.

Newcastle Jets vs Sydney Olympic at University of Newcastle No2 on Sunday 11th December 2022.

Youth kick off at 5:00pm

U18s kick off at 3:00pm

U16s kick off at 1:45pm

U15s kick off at 11:40pm

U14s kick off at 10:05 am

U13s kick off at 8:30am

Source: Tom Tsamouras


U18s Newcastle Jets defeat Weston Bears 3-0 in pre-season trial


U18s Newcastle Jets proved too strong for the Weston Bears at a pre-season trial match played at Rockwell Automation Park on Sunday afternoon.

In warm and humid conditions the Jets team dominated possession from start to finish. They lead 1-0 at half time and added a further two goals in the second half. A number of players from the u18s squad were “playing up” while a number of players from other age groups were included in the team.

This was a good hit out for the players of both teams to gain valuable minutes in their respective pre-season programs. Next week Newcastle Jets entertain Sydney Olympic.

Weston Bears vs Newcastle Jets at Rockwell Automation Park, Weston on Sunday 4th December 2022.

Youth Jets lost 2-1

U20s Jets won 3-0

U18s Jets won 3-0

Source: Tom Tsamouras

U18s Newcastle Jets take on Weston Bears in their second trial game of the 2023 pre-season

George Tsamouras Jets vs St George

After playing Central Coast Mariners approximately a fortnight ago in Gosford, the U18s Newcastle Jets take on Weston Bears at Rockwell Automation Park on Sunday, in their second trial game of the 2023 pre-season.

As was the case with CCM there are numerous players from the u18s squad “playing up” as well as younger players from U16s joining the team. The results and scores from these games are not as important as players getting game time and improving their fitness.

Weston Bears vs Newcastle Jets at Rockwell Automation Park, Weston on Sunday 4th December 2022.

Youth kick off at 3:00pm

U20s kick off at 1:00pm

U18s kick off at 11:00am


Sydney FC vs U16s Newcastle Jets Pre-season Trial Game twelve months ago. The match was played at Valentine Sports Park Sydney on Sunday 5/12/2021.

U16s Newcastle Jets: Alex Nunes 34, Janni Rafty 35, Kai Herd 38, Cooper Vimpani 39, Pharell Trainor 44, Zac Major 45, Caleb Reed 47, Sam Esquilant 48, George Tsamouras 49, Angus Muddle 50, Luca West 52 subs: Seth Anderson 37, Angus Martin 40, Kynan Watkins 41, Max Cooper 51

Source: Tom Tsamouras

Jets training off for players to witness Australia’s night of Glory

Australia vs Denmark

All Newcastle Jets training was cancelled on Thursday morning to give all Academy players the opportunity to watch Australia’s night of glory in the FIFA World Cup.

In the third and final match of Group D against Denmark, Australia recorded a 1-0 victory which secured second spot in the group and a place in the final 16!

This is the second time in Australia’s history we have reached the Final 16, 2006 being the first! Our opponent in this knockout phase of the World Cup is twice world Champion Argentina!

The difference in pedigree is enormous and the Argentinian captain Lionel Mesi, will be playing in his last world cup. The match will be played on Sunday 4th December at 6:00am.

Australia’s road to glory finds them against an opponent who is a favourite for the title.

Whatever happens on Sunday morning, these performances by the Socceroos are the bread and butter for the young Newcastle Jets players who wake up at 5.30 every morning to go to training. They serve as a role model for every young Australian footballer, that if you work hard enough, anything is possible in the World Game.

Good luck Australia.

Source: Tom Tsamouras

Central Coast Mariners prove to be a tough opponent for the Newcastle Jets


In hot and windy conditions at Central Coast Sports College, Kariong on Sunday afternoon, Central Coast Mariners proved too hard a nut to crack for the U18s Newcastle Jets, running out victors by 4-0!

Playing without half a dozen players from the team that won the 2022 Youth League Two Premiership and Grand Final, only seven weeks earlier, the Jets looked slow and disjointed.  CCM looked quicker to the ball, played a better passing game and pressed up when not in possession. They scored three goals in the first half and one in the second and didn’t appear to be threatened by the Jets.

Although this is certainly not a result most would have hoped for, it is early in the pre-season and a useful exercise from which the technical staff can draw conclusions.

Next week there will be another intra-club match followed by games against Edgeworth Eagles and Weston FC, the week after.

Central Coast Mariners vs Newcastle Jets at Central Coast Sports College, Kariong on Sunday 20th November 2022.

U20s Jets lost 9-0

Youth Jets lost 8-1

U18s Jets lost 4-0

U16s Jets lost 3-0

U14s Jets lost 8-1

U15s Jets lost 3-0

U13s Jets won 4-3

Source: Tom Tsamouras

U18s Newcastle Jets take on Central Coast Mariners in their first trial match

2022 U16s Newcastle Jets

2022 U16s Newcastle Jets – Premiers & Grand-Final winners

U18s Newcastle Jets take on Central Coast Mariners in the first trial match for the 2023 season! The Jets commenced training on the 31 October and after intra-club matches over the past two weekends will face their first opponent at the Central Coast Sports College at Kariong.

On paper the team features few changes to the squad which won the Premiership and Grand Final in the 2022 season in the u16s age group. Against Central Coast Mariners however, as many as 6 of those players will be unavailable as they will be either away or “playing up” in the U20s!

It’s a time in the year where coaching staff experiment with players in different positions and even different age groups. It’s an opportunity for players to take on new challenges and younger additions, to step up and be counted.

Following the Central Coast Mariners, matches against Edgeworth Eagles, Weston FC, Sydney Olympic and Rydalmere FC are also planned before a short break over Christmas.

Central Coast Mariners vs Newcastle Jets at Central Coast Sports College, Kariong on Sunday 20th November 2022.

U20s kick off at 4:00pm on Field 2

Youth kick off at 2:00pm of Field 1

U18s kick off at 12:10pm on Field 1

U16s kick off at 10:35am on Field 1

U14s kick off at 10:35am on Field 2

U15s kick off at 9:00am on Field 1

U13s kick off at 9:00am on Field 2

source: Tom Tsamouras

Australia’s First Socceroos World Cup Coach, Rale Rasic, visits Newcastle

Rale Rasic & U18s Newcastle Jet George Tsamouras (2)

Rale Rasic & U18s Newcastle Jets player George Tsamouras

The legendary Rale Rasic, Australia’s first Socceroos World Cup Coach was in Newcastle over the weekend, invited to a coaching clinic by Northern NSW NPL side Valentine Eleebana FC.

Rale Rasic led the Socceroos to the 1974 World Cup in West Germany at a time when the World Cup finals were contested by 16 finalists, compared to 32 of today, and when Australian soccer players all played locally and were part-timers!

Rasic immigrated to Australia in 1962, played football in the Victorian league and was appointed national coach in 1970 at just 26 years of age. He coached Australia in 58 international matches from 1970 to 1974 and masterminded Australia’s qualification and participation at the 1974 FIFA World Cup.

In 1974 Rasic was listed among the top 34 coaches in the world by German Soccer expert Fritz Hack and in 1977 and 1987 he was voted the national league coach of the year. In 1989 he was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame and in 2004 was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for his service to soccer as a player, a coach and administrator.

This was the background of the now 87-year-old Rale who took time out to speak to U18s Newcastle Jets player George Tsamouras and myself about his illustrious football journey. In the half hour spent, we covered the two Newcastle players, Ray Baartz and Col Curran who were part of the 1974 squad, his memory of meeting with the legendary captain of Brazil, Socrates, as well as memories of the highs and lows of 51 years of service to Australia!

We wish Rale a happy stay in Newcastle and hope he returns to us again in the future. It was an absolute honour to have met this icon of Australian football.

Source: Tom Tsamouras


Newcastle Jets Academy begin their pre-season programme for 2023 on Monday 31st October


2022 U16s

2022 U16s Jets Premiers & Grand Final winners

After a four week break the Newcastle Jets Academy begin their pre-season programme for the 2023 season on Monday! The champion U16s squad have all been retained and moved up to the U18s age division. Only two players from this group have not been included in this squad. One remains in the u16s age group and the other joins the u20s age group.

Training begins on Monday morning 31st October and finishes on Sunday 18th December before a short break over the Christmas period. Training during this period will be held at LMRFF, Ray Watt oval and University No2.

The first two weekends include intra club games while in the remaining weeks trial matches against Central Coast Mariners, Edgeworth Eagles, Weston, Sydney Olympic and Rydalmere FC.

New challenges lay ahead particularly in the Youth League One division that the Academy has gained promotion!

Let the 2023 journey begin and good luck to all the players, coaching staff and their families.

Source: Tom Tsamouras

Newcastle Jets Officially in Boy’s Youth League One for season 2023

U16s Newcastle Jets

At its meeting on 21 September 2022, the Board of Football NSW considered all applications submitted by Clubs seeking to participate in the 2023 season.

These include the Men’s, Women’s, Boys’ and Girls’ leagues that will be conducted by Football NSW in the 2023 season.

The Board of Football NSW has declared the successful applicants for its 2023 Outdoor Competitions.

Youth League One

source: https://footballnsw.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/Dec-of-leagues.pdf