Friday, 5 June 2015

PREVIEW: NNSW NPL Round 9


1st Grade: Newcastle Jets Youth (6th) v Adamstown (7th)
Kickoff: Saturday 6/6 2:30pm

The mess that's surrounded Guy Bates' invalid transfer would have played on Adamstown's minds in recent times but they'll be keen to put that all behind them and record a win over the out-of-form Newcastle Jets Youth side at Adamstown Oval this Saturday.

The young Jets went down 3-1 to Edgeworth last week which followed a heavy loss to Broadmeadow. Adamstown meanwhile have been in decent form and are coming off the back of a 3-0 victory over South Cardiff last weekend. There was a story mid-week about Buds' coach Graham Law coaching against Jets defender Caio De Godoy. Law has allowed De Godoy to live with him since the youngster moved up from Sydney so it's nice to see a little tale within the war on Saturday. 

I like the chances of the Buds in this one. The Jets Youth just haven't looked that good in recent weeks and Adamstown will no doubt sense a chance to climb up the table with a win on Saturday.

My Tip: Jets Youth 1-3 Adamstown


Under 22's: Emerging Jets U/18's (4th) v Adamstown (9th)
Kickoff: Saturday 6/6 12:45pm

Both these sides are coming off victories in Round 8 but looking at form and the table, I think the Emerging Jets 18's will be a tad too strong on Saturday. Adamstown have won just twice this season and against a Jets side that will be looking at holding on to a top four spot, I just don't like the chances of the Buds here.

My Tip: Emerging Jets U/18's 2-1 Adamstown


Under 19's: Emerging Jets U/16's (5th) v Adamstown (8th)
Kickoff: Saturday 6/6 11:00am

The Buds are just three points behind the Under 16 Emerging Jets on the table and a win on Saturday could shake the 19's table up a fair bit. Looking at form though I think the Emerging Jets have a chance of picking up the points here. After an impressive win over Edgeworth last weekend, the young Jets could move into the top four with a win on Saturday.

My Tip: Emerging Jets U/16's 2-0 Adamstown



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1st Grade: Maitland F.C (9th) v Hamilton Olympic (1st)
Kickoff: Sunday 7/6 2:30pm

Maitland's first season in the top flight in over a decade has been a tough one so far and it gets no easier on Sunday when ladder-leaders Hamilton come to town. Olympic remain the only unbeaten side in the Northern NSW NPL after Magic's 4-3 loss to Weston last weekend.

Maitland have some decent players in their squad but I think gelling as a side has taken a while longer than they would have wanted. If Maitland can stay up then they'll be a much improved side in 2016 but staying up is the challenge. I can't see them getting the win on the weekend but wouldn't be surprised to see them take the fight to their higher-ranked opponents. It should be routine for Hamilton though as they continue their charge towards the half-way point of the season.

My Tip: Maitland 1-3 Hamilton


Under 22's: Maitland F.C (7th) v Hamilton Olympic (6th)
Kickoff: Sunday 7/6 12:45pm

The Magpie reserves are just one place behind Hamilton Olympic on the table however the sides are separated by four points. Maitland were disappointing in a 4-1 loss to Lambton last weekend and with Hamilton's last match an impressive 4-2 win away from home at Weston, I think Olympic's reserves will get the job done again on Sunday.

My Tip: Maitland 0-2 Hamilton


Under 19's: Maitland F.C (10th) v Hamilton Olympic (3rd)
Kickoff: Sunday 7/6 11:00am

Maitland's Under 19's picked up their first win of the season last week, defeating Lambton 2-1 but they face a much tougher test on Sunday morning when 3rd-placed Hamilton Olympic come to Cooks Square Park. Olympic went down to Weston last time out but I like their chances here.

My Tip: Maitland 0-3 Hamilton



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1st Grade: Charlestown (10th) v Broadmeadow (3rd)
Kickoff: Sunday 7/6 2:30pm

I did some interview work for Broadmeadow on Wednesday night at their training season (not sure if I'll be putting it on the site just yet) and their was a sense of disappointment in the air after last weekend's loss to Weston. The former ladder-leaders know they have to bounce back on Sunday.

I don't think Magic can afford to get complacent against a struggling Charlestown City side. A slip-up on Sunday will dent Magic's confidence and it's not a game I see them losing if they play to their best potential. Peter Haynes is a rumoured inclusion this week, which is good news after the Magic captain limped off following a challenge last weekend.

No word on defender Josh Piddington but Magic should have the depth to cover 'Piddo' if he's unable to play on the weekend. Charlestown have one or two players that can score a goal on their day but they don't look like a side that can beat a top four side at the moment. Magic by a few.

My Tip: Charlestown City 0-4 Broadmeadow Magic


Under 22's: Charlestown (8th) v Broadmeadow (5th)
Kickoff: Sunday 7/6 12:45pm

With the addition of Kale Bradbery and Dino Fajkovic to the 1st team squad, Magic's reserves have been boosted by a couple of handy additions that didn't play too much reserve grade last season. They were beaten 1-0 by Weston last weekend but a 8-1 victory over South Cardiff a couple of weeks back proves how good this side can be. A top four spot could be theirs with a win on Sunday and with pace like Paul Sichalwe and playmakers like Callan Lewis, both with 1st team experience, I can see them picking up the points on Sunday.

My Tip: Charlestown 1-4 Broadmeadow


Under 19's: Charlestown (9th) v Broadmeadow (2nd)
Kickoff: Sunday 7/6 11:00am

This is as one sided a match up as you'll see in the Under 19's this week and that's with all due respect to Charlestown City. Magic picked up a 6-0 win over South Cardiff a couple of weeks back and took top of the table Weston to the limit last week in a 1-1 draw. It should be a routine win for Magic's 19's here.

My Tip: Charlestown 0-4 Broadmeadow



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Newysports.com's Match of the Round
1st Grade: Weston Workers (4th) v Edgeworth F.C (2nd)
Kickoff: Sunday 7/6 2:30pm

I've given my Match of the Round status to all three games at Rockwell Automation Park on Sunday as all three games are top four clashes between two very good sides. Weston's win over Broadmeadow last week was a confidence-booster for a side that are starting to hit some form.

Edgeworth though are no pushovers and can beat any side on their day. The Eagles have won their last two matches 3-1 against South Cardiff and then the Jets Youth last week. The problem for the Eagles is that the trip to Weston is in my opinion the toughest away trip in the NPL. Some of the locals up there aren't exactly unbiased and get behind their side loudly and proudly. It's not an easy place to win at.

I really thought the Bears rallied well last week to come from two goals down and if they're prepared to come back from that, then they can probably come back from anything. This one is a tough one to predict but I'm going to give the Bears my seal of approval here.

My Tip: Weston 2-1 Edgeworth


Newysports.com's Under 22 Match of the Round
Under 22's: Weston Workers (3rd) v Edgeworth F.C (1st)
Kickoff: Sunday 7/6 12:45pm

Edgeworth have some decent young players coming through the ranks in both the 22's and 1st grade. Success is widespread for the Eagles this season with all three senior NPL grades currently occupying a top four position. Weston have fallen to two straight home losses and are winless at home in the 22's this season so I'm going to tip the visiting side here.

My Tip: Weston 1-3 Edgeworth F.C


Newysports.com's Under 19 Match of the Round
Under 19's: Weston Workers (1st) v Edgeworth F.C (4th)
Kickoff: Sunday 7/6 11:00am

This should be an entertaining match up as ladder-leaders Weston host Edgeworth at Rockwell Automation Park. Edgeworth were beaten last week by the Emerging Jets Under 16's whilst Weston were held for just the second time this season by Broadmeadow.

As mentioned in my first grade preview, Weston is a hard place to travel to and after winning their last home game 4-1 over Hamilton, I think the Bears' 19's will get the job done on Sunday morning.

My Tip: Weston 3-2 Edgeworth


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1st Grade: South Cardiff (8th) v Lambton Jaffas (5th)
Kickoff: Sunday 7/6 2:30pm

The Gunners are down on both form and numbers at the moment with a couple of key injuries that will hinder their chances against the defending champions on Sunday. The Jaffas' main problem in season 2015 so far has been consistency and the boys in yellow will surely be aiming to build some form with a win over South Cardiff at Ulinga this weekend.

A loss for Lambton on Sunday could leave the Jaffas as far as six points outside the top four and in all honesty I can't see them losing this one. As I mentioned earlier, consistency is needed and with the side the Jaffas boast, they shouldn't be losing this one.

My Tip: South Cardiff 1-3 Lambton


Under 22's: South Cardiff (10th) v Lambton Jaffas (2nd)
Kickoff: Sunday 7/6 12:45pm

Looking at both the table and recent form, this one should only go one way to be honest. South Cardiff have improved since the 8-1 horror show at Magic Park not long ago but they'll need a big effort to overcome 2nd-placed Lambton on Sunday afternoon.

My Tip: South Cardiff 0-2 Lambton


Under 19's: South Cardiff (7th) v Lambton Jaffas (6th)
Kickoff: Sunday 7/6 11:00am

Neither of these sides are in good form at the moment and it is never easy to predict a mid-table clash between two out of form sides. Lambton have been the better of the two sides this year and have three wins compared to South Cardiff's two but being at Ulinga Oval, I'm going to back the home side here.

My Tip: South Cardiff 2-1 Lambton



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