Sunday, 12 April 2015


Northern NSW NPL Round 1

Soaring Eagles Leave Charlestown Feeling Black and Blue:

It was a perfect start to the 2015 NPL season for the Edgeworth Eagles as they soared to a 4-0 opening night victory over the hapless Charlestown City Blues. The Eagles swept aside the Blues on what was their club's 'Old Boy's Night' and sent a clear message to the rest of the competition.

All Results:
1st Grade: Edgeworth 4-0 Charlestown City
Under 22's: Edgeworth 1-0 Charlestown City
Under 19's: Edgeworth 3-6 Charlestown City

Defending Champion Jaffas Kick Off Season With Win:

I had to play on Saturday but made it over to Arthur Edden Oval just before half-time. It was a very good crowd turnout as the defending champions kicked off their season against the Newcastle Jets Youth. The first goal I saw was a pretty simple one for John Majurovski, putting the Jaffas up 3-1.

The young Jets fought back hard straight from the opening whistle in the second half and started to threaten Brad Swancott's goal. It was eventually a brilliant strike from Michael Kantarovski that made 3-2, less than 24 hours after the younger brother of Ben made his A-League debut in Melbourne. 

Moments later, Swancott was required to make a stunning diving save not with his hands but with his foot. The former Hamilton stopper was diving the wrong way but stuck a foot out to send the ball wide. 

Michael Bridges made his NPL debut and nearly scored with his first real chance. He'd take a couple of other shots, smashing the crossbar with one of them but could not find the back of the net. It didn't matter as the Jaffas hung on for a 3-2 victory. I expect the Jaffas to be up there again this year and the young Jets showed some positive signs and with some improvement they may upset a few teams this year. 

All Results:
1st Grade: Lambton 3-2 Newcastle Jets Youth
Under 22's: Lambton 2-3 Newcastle Jets Youth
Under 19's: Lambton 3-1 Newcastle Jets Youth

Local Rivals Play Out Scoreless Draw At Magic Park:

First of all, I spent most of the first half sitting behind the bench and could really only see one end of the ground but I saw enough to know what happened, both teams missed crucial chances. Magic came out firing early on but were unable to capitalise on the pressure.

Kale Bradbury was showing some promising signs throughout but just couldn't finish his chances. Both sides were lacking in the final third and struggled to string that last pass. Hamilton scored just before half-time but the referee ruled it as offside, despite his assistant keeping his flag down. From where I was it looked offside but I was up the other end so I can't be too sure. It was a controversial call nonetheless.

With the game on the line, both sides rotated their attacking options and went to the bench. Magic lost a lot of their pace when they took Kale Bradbury but Rhys Tippett provided some spark off the bench. The final ten minutes saw both sides push forward but fail to find the back of the net. All in all it was a fair draw. Congrats to Josh Piddington on 200 games for Magic. The big defender was pretty good today.

All Results:
1st Grade: Broadmeadow 0-0 Hamilton
Under 22's: Broadmeadow 2-2 Hamilton
Under 19's: Broadmeadow 0-2 Hamilton

Weston Bounce Back From Pre-Season Slump At Adamstown:

No the Bears didn't win today at Adamstown Oval but they did record a 0-0 draw and after a string of poor pre-season results, I'm sure the boys from Rockwell Automation Park will be happy with a point away from home in Round 1 of the NNSWNPL.

All Results:
1st Grade: Adamstown Rosebud 0-0 Weston Workers
Under 22's: Adamstown Rosebud 1-2 Weston Workers
Under 19's: Adamstown Rosebud 2-5 Weston Workers

Maitland Mark Their Return With 2-2 Draw At Ulinga:

On a day full of draws in the NNSWNPL, the Gunners and Magpies at least put a couple of goals into the net during their clash at Ulinga Oval. Today marked the long-awaited return of the Maitland Magpies to top-flight football for the first time in 12 years and the Pies didn't let their fans down, drawing 2-2 with the Gunners away from home. I might make the trip out to Maitland next week to watch Magic play the Magpies. I'm looking forward to it as well.

All Results:
1st Grade: South Cardiff 2-2 Maitland F.C
Under 22's: South Cardiff 2-5 Maitland F.C
Under 19's: South Cardiff 4-3 Maitland F.C

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