Wednesday, 27 December 2017

COMPLETE LIST OF 2017 GAMES

Saturday 21st January: Johnston Park
Game 1: U17’s-WEST WALLSEND 4 def. Thornton Redbacks 0
Game 2: U19’s-WEST WALLSEND 3 def. Thornton Redbacks 1
Game 3: U23’s-WEST WALLSEND 3 def. Thornton Redbacks 1
Game 4: 1st Grade-West Wallsend 1 def by. THORNTON REDBACKS 3

Sunday 22nd January: Federal Park
Game 5: Wallsend U/15’s 1 def by. WALLSEND U/17’s 4
Game 6: Wallsend U/19’s 0 def by. WALLSEND U/23’s 8
Game 7: 1st Grade-Wallsend F.C 2 def by. NEWCASTLE SUNS 5

Tuesday 24th January: Macquarie Field
Game 8: 1st Grade-LAKE MACQUARIE CITY 7 def. Singleton Strikers 1

Saturday 28th January: Baxter Field
Game 9: NPL Under 18’s-Valentine F.C 0 def by. EDGEWORTH F.C 3
Game 10: NPL Under 20’s-Valentine F.C 1 drew. Edgeworth F.C 1
Game 11: NPL 1st Grade-Valentine F.C 1 def by. EDGEWORTH F.C 5

Sunday 29th January: Cooks Square Park
Game 12: MAITLAND U/18’s 5 def. Thornton U/19’s 0
Game 13: MAITLAND U/20’s 4 def. Thornton U/23’s 1
Game 14: 1st Grade-MAITLAND F.C 5 def. Thornton Redbacks 0

Friday 3rd February: Darling St. Oval
Game 15: HAMILTON OLYMPIC U/18’s 3 def. Cooks Hill U/23’s 1
Game 16: HAMILTON OLYMPIC U/20’s 1 def. Cooks Hill 1st Grade 0


Saturday 4th February: Johnston Park
Game 17: Under 15’s-West Wallsend 2 drew. Singleton Strikers 2
Game 18: Under 17’s-WEST WALLSEND 5 def. Singleton Strikers 1
Game 19: Under 19’s-WEST WALLSEND 7 def. Singleton Strikers 1
Game 20: Under 23’s-West Wallsend 1 def by. SINGLETON STRIKERS 2
Game 21: 1st Grade-West Wallsend 1 def by. SINGLETON STRIKERS 2

Sunday 5th February: Auston Oval & Lydon Oval
Game 22: Morisset United 3rd 0 def by. TORONTO-AWABA U/19’s 6
Game 23: Morisset United 2-1 Toronto 23’s at HT*
Game 24: 1st Grade-DUDLEY-REDHEAD 5 def. New Lambton 0

Thursday 9th February: Darling St. Oval
Game 25: HAMILTON OLYMPIC U/14’s 3 def. Kahibah F.C U/15’s 0
Game 26: Hamilton Olympic U/15’s 0 def by. KAHIBAH F.C U/17’s 1
Game 27: HAMILTON OLYMPIC U/16’s 1 def. Kahibah F.C U/19’s 0

Sunday 12th February: Smith Park, Maitland
Game 28: 1st Grade-Thornton Redbacks 4 drew. Edgeworth F.C 4

Monday 13th February: Magic Park
Game 29: 1st Grade-BROADMEADOW MAGIC 2 def. Liaoning Whowin 1

Wednesday 15th February: Jack McLaughlan oval
Game 30: 1st Grade-Edgeworth F.C 2 drew. Liaoning Whowin 2

Thursday 16th February: Novocastrian Park
Game 31-Under 19’s-NEW LAMBTON 2 def. Wallsend F.C 1
Game 32-Under 23’s-NEW LAMBTON 4 def. Wallsend F.C 2
Friday 17th February: Harold Knight Oval
Game 33-1st Grade-Kahibah F.C 1 def by. CESSNOCK CITY 2

Saturday 18th February: Johnston Park
Game 34-Under 15’s-WEST WALLSEND 3 def. Cooks Hill United 1
Game 35-Under 17’s-WEST WALLSND 4 def. Cooks Hill Untied 1
Game 36-Under 19’s-WEST WALLSEND 3 def. Cooks Hill United 2
Game 37-1st Grade-West Wallsend 0 def by. COOKS HILL UNITED 7

Sunday 19th February: Novocastrian Park
Game 38-Under 15’s-New Lambton 1 drew. Kahibah F.C 1
Game 37-Under 17’s-New Lambton 0 def by. KAHIBAH F.C 3
Game 38-Under 19’s-New Lambton 0 def by. KAHIBAH F.C 1
Game 39-Under 23’s-NEW LAMBTON 1 def. Kahibah F.C 0
Game 40-1st Grade-New Lambton 0 def by. KAHIBAH F.C 1

Tuesday 22nd February: Blacksmiths Oval
Game 41-Belmont-Swansea U/17’s 1 drew. Adamstown Rosebud U/16’s 1
Game 42-Belmont-Swansea U/19’s 0 def by. ADAMSTOWN ROSEBUD U/18’s 6

Thursday 24th February: Harold Knight Oval & Lydon Oval
Game 43: Under 19’s-KAHIBAH F.C 4 def. Wallsend F.C 0
Game 44-1st Grade-DUDLEY-REDHEAD 4 def. Belmont-Swansea 2

Friday 25th February: Harold Knight Oval
Game 45: KAHIBAH F.C U/23’s 2 def. Kanwal Reserves 1
Game 46: 1st Grade-KAHIBAH F.C 6 def. Kanwal 0


Saturday 26th February: Fishburn Field
Game 47: Westlakes Wildcats 3rd’s 0 def by. TORONTO-AWABA U/19’s 6
Game 48: Westlakes Wildcats Ressies 1 def by. TORONTO-AWABA U/23’s 3
Game 49-1st Grade-Westlakes Wildcats 1 def by. TORONTO-AWABA 2

Sunday 27th February: Tenambit Oval
Game 50-Under 23’s-Thornton Redbacks 2 drew. South Cardiff 2
Game 51-1st Grade-Thornton Redbacks 1 def by. SOUTH CARDIFF 2

Wednesday 1st March: Smith Park, Maitland
Game 52-Thornton Redbacks U/17’s 0 def by. MAITLAND ZL3 Ressies 3
Game 53-Thornton Redbacks U/19’s 0-2 Maitland ZL3 1st Grade at HT*

Thursday 2nd March: Harold Knight Oval
Game 54-KAHIBAH U/17’s def. Kahibah ZL2 Ressies
Game 55-Kahibah U/19’s def by. KAHIBAH ZL2 1st

Friday 3rd March (NNSW Heritage Cup): Turner Park
Game 56-EDGEWORTH F.C 6 def. Wallsend F.C 0
Game 57-Cessnock City 0 def by. WESTON 4

Saturday 4th March (NNSW Heritage Cup): Turner Park
Game 58-Wallsend F.C 1 def by. WESTON 4
Game 59-Cessnock City 0 def by. EDGEWORTH F.C 6
Game 60-Weston 0 def by. EDGEWORTH F.C 1
Game 61-Cessnock City 0 def by. WALLSEND F.C 4



Sunday 5th March (NNSW Heritage Cup): LMRFF & Pasadena Oval
Game 62-Edgeworth F.C 1-1 Adamstown Rosebud (Adamstown win via PENS)
Game 63-Beresfield Utd. Reserves 1 drew. Kahibah F.C U/23’s 1
Game 64-1st Grade-Beresfield Utd. 0 def by. KAHIBAH F.C 3

Wednesday 8th March: Lydon Oval
Game 65-Dudley 3rd Grade 1 def by. KAHIBAH F.C U/19’s 4
Game 66-DUDLEY RESERVES 1 def. Kahibah F.C U/23’s 0

Thursday 9th March: Lydon Oval
Game 67-DUDLEY-REDHEAD 3 def. Kahibah F.C 2

ROUND 1
Friday 10th March: Jack McLaughlan Oval
Game 68 -NPL-U18’s-EDGEWORTH F.C 2 def. Broadmeadow Magic 0
Game 69-NPL-1st Grade-Edgeworth F.C 1 drew. Broadmeadow Magic 1

Saturday 11th March: Macquarie Field: 8 Goals (8)
Game 70 (1)-17’s-BELMONT-SWANSEA 5 def. Singleton 0
Game 71 (2)-19’s-Belmont-Swansea 0 drew. Singleton 0
Game 72 (3)-23’s-BELMONT-SWANSEA 1 def. Singleton 0
Game 73 (4)-1st Grade-BELMONT-SWANSEA 3 def. Singleton 0

Sunday 12th March: The Gardens: 15 Goals (23)
Game 74 (5)-17’s-Wallsend F.C 2 drew. South Cardiff 2
Game 75 (6)-19’s-Wallsend F.C 2 drew. South Cardiff 2
Game 76 (7)-23’s-Wallsend F.C 1 drew. South Cardiff 1
Game 77 (8)-1st Grade-Wallsend F.C 2 def by. SOUTH CARDIFF 3



Monday 13th March: Johnston Park: 13 Goals (36)
Game 79 (9)-19’s-NEW LAMBTON 5 def. West Wallsend 0
Game 80 (10)-1st Grade-NEW LAMBTON 6 def. West Wallsend 2


Saturday 25th March: AthField: 24 Goals (60)
Game 81 (11)-17’s-COOKS HILL UNITED 4 def. Belmont-Swansea 1
Game 82 (12)-19’s-Cooks Hill United 2 drew. Belmont-Swansea 2
Game 83 (13)-23’s-COOKS HILL UNITED 6 def. Belmont-Swansea 1
Game 84 (14)-1st Grade-COOKS HILL UNITED 6 def. Belmont-Swansea 2

Sunday 26th March: The Gardens & LMRFF: 38 Goals (98)
Game 85 (15)-17’s-WALLSEND FC 6 def. Singleton Strikers 1
Game 86 (16)-19’s-Wallsend FC 1 def by. SINGLETON STRIKERS 3
Game 87 (17)-23’s-Wallsend FC 0 def by. SINGLETON STRIKERS 3
Game 88 (18)-1st Grade-WALLSEND FC 3 def. Singleton Strikers 1
Game 89 (19)-17’s-KAHIBAH FC 4 def. New Lambton 1
Game 90 (20)-23’s-Kahibah FC 1 def by. NEW LAMBTON 5
Game 91 (21)-19’s-Kahibah FC 2 def by. NEW LAMBTON 3
Game 92 (22)-1st Grade-Kahibah FC 2 drew. New Lambton 2

Tuesday 28th March: Turner Park: 11 Goals (109)
Game 93 (23)-1st Grade-Cessnock City 1 def by. SINGLETON STRIKERS 3
Game 94 (24)-23’s-Cessnock City 2 def by. SINGLETON STRIKERS 5

Wednesday 29th March: Lyall Peacock Field: 5 Goals (114)
Game 95 (25)-17’s-Toronto-Awaba 1 drew. Kahibah FC 1
Game 96 (26)-19’s-Toronto-Awaba 0 def by. KAHIBAH FC 3

Thursday 30th March: Lyall Peacock Field: 6 Goals (120)
Game 97 (27)-23’s-Toronto-Awaba 3 drew. Kahibah FC 3                  

Saturday 1st April: Blacksmiths Oval: 21 Goals (141)
Game 98 (28)-17’s-Belmont-Swansea 1 def by. CESSNOCK CITY 2
Game 99 (29)-19’s-BELMONT-SWANSEA 8 def. Cessnock City 0
Game 100 (30)-23’s-BELMONT-SWANSEA 1 def. Cessnock City 0
Game 101 (31)-1st Grade-Belmont-Swansea 1 drew. Cessnock City 1
Game 102 (32)-23’s-SOUTH CARDIFF 2 def. New Lambton 1
Game 103 (33)-1st Grade-SOUTH CARDIFF 4 def. New Lambton 0

Sunday 2nd April: Magic Park: NPL
Game 104 (34)-NPL 18’s-Broadmeadow Magic 1 def by. LAKE MACQUARIE CITY 2

Wednesday 5th April : Blacksmiths Oval: 2 Goals (143)
Game 105 (35)-23’s-Wallsend FC 0 drew. Belmont-Swansea 0
Game 106 (36)-1st Grade-Wallsend FC 0 def by. BELMONT-SWANSEA 2

Saturday 8th April : AthField: 11 Goals (150)
Game 107 (37)-17’s-Cooks Hill United 1 drew. Kahibah FC 1
Game 108 (38)-19’s-COOKS HILL UNITED 1 def. Kahibah FC 0
Game 109 (39)-23’s-COOKS HILL UNITED 1 def. Kahibah FC 0
Game 110 (40)-1st Grade-Cooks Hill United 3 def by. KAHIBAH FC 4

Sunday 9th April: Alder Park: 25 Goals (175)
Game 111 (41)-17’s-NEW LAMBTON 6 def. Singleton Strikers 2
Game 112 (42)-19’s-NEW LAMBTON 3 def. Singleton Strikers 1
Game 113 (43)-23’s-New Lambton 3 def by. SINGLETON STRIKERS 4
Game 114 (44)-1st Grade-NEW LAMBTON 4 def. Singleton Strikers 2

Tuesday 11th April: Kahibah Oval-FFA CUP
Game 115 (45)-KAHIBAH FC 4 def. Edgeworth JSC 0

Wednesday 12th April: Chapman Oval-FFA Cup
Game 116 (46)-Swansea FC v Cooks Hill United ABANDONED

Friday 14th April: Blacksmiths Oval: 12 Goals (187)
Game 117 (47)-17’s-Belmont-Swansea 0 def by. NEW LAMBTON 4
Game 118 (48)-19’s-Belmont-Swansea 2 drew. New Lambton 2
Game 119 (49)-23’s-BELMONT-SWANSEA 1 def. New Lambton 0
Game 120 (50)-1st Grade-BELMONT-SWANSEA 2 def. New Lambton 1

Saturday 15th April: Howe Park: 14 Goals (201)
Game 121 (51)-17’s-Singleton Strikers 0 def by. TORONTO-AWABA 3
Game 122 (52)-19’s-Singleton Strikers 2 def by. TORONTO-AWABA 3
Game 123 (53)-23’s-Singleton Strikers 0 drew. Toronto-Awaba 0
Game 124 (54)-1st Grade-SINGLETON STRIKERS 4 def. Toronto-Awaba 2

Sunday 16th April: Turner Park: 22 Goals (223)
Game 125 (55)-17’s-Cessnock City 0 def by. COOKS HILL UNITED 2
Game 126 (56)-19’s-Cessnock City 1 def by. COOKS HILL UNITED 6
Game 127 (57)-23’s-Cessnock City 1 def by. COOKS HILL UNITED 8
Game 128 (58)-1st Grade-Cessnock City 1 def by. COOKS HILL UNITED 3

Tuesday 18th April: Alder Park: 8 Goals (231)
Game 129 (59)-17’s-NEW LAMBTON 2 def. Thornton Redbacks 0
Game 130 (60)-19’s-New Lambton 2 def by. THORNTON REDBACKS 4

Wednesday 19th April: The Gardens: 9 Goals (240)
Game 131 (61)-23’s-WALLSEND FC 3 def. Cooks Hill United 2
Game 132 (62)-1st Grade-Wallsend FC 1 def by. COOKS HILL UNITED 3

Thursday 20th April: The Gardens: 9 Goals (249)
Game 133 (63)-17’s-Wallsend FC 0 def by. COOKS HILL UNITED 1
Game 134 (64)-19’s-Wallsend FC 0 def by. COOKS HILL UNITED 8

Saturday 22nd April: Johnston Park: 14 Goals (263)
Game 135 (65)-17’s-WEST WALLSEND 5 def. Singleton Strikers 0
Game 136 (66)-19’s-West Wallsend 2 drew. Singleton Strikers 2
Game 137 (67)-23’s-West Wallsend 2 drew. Singleton Strikers 2
Game 138 (68)-1st Grade-WEST WALLSEND 1 def. Singleton Strikers 0

Sunday 23rd April: Kahibah Oval: 7 Goals (270)
Game 139 (69)-17’s-KAHIBAH FC 1 def. South Cardiff 0
Game 140 (70)-19’s-Kahibah FC 1 def by. SOUTH CARDIFF 2
Game 141 (71)-23’s-Kahibah FC 1 drew. South Cardiff 1
Game 142 (72)-1st Grade-Kahibah FC 0 def by. SOUTH CARDIFF 1

Wednesday 26th April: Kahibah Oval: 7 Goals (277)
Game 143 (73)-23’s-Kahibah FC 2 drew. West Wallsend 2
Game 144 (74)-1st Grade-KAHIBAH FC 3 def. West Wallsend 0

Thursday 27th April: Kahibah Oval: 5 Goals (282)
Game 145 (75)-17’s-Kahibah FC 1 drew. West Wallsend 1
Game 146 (76)-19’s-Kahibah FC 1 def by. WEST WALLSEND 2


Saturday 29th April: Howe Park: 16 Goals (298)
Game 147 (77)-17’s-Singleton Strikers 2 def by. KAHIBAH FC 4
Game 148 (78)-19’s-Singleton Strikers 0 def by. KAHIBAH FC 4
Game 149 (79)-23’s-SINGLETON STRIKERS 2 def. Kahibah FC 1
Game 150 (80)-1st Grade-Singleton Strikers 0 def by. KAHIBAH FC 3

Sunday 30th April: Blacksmiths Oval: 19 Goals (317)
Game 151 (81)-17’s-Belmont-Swansea 2 drew. West Wallsend 2
Game 152 (82)-19’s-Belmont-Swansea 2 drew. West Wallsend 2
Game 153 (83)-23’s-Belmont-Swansea 2 drew. West Wallsend 2
Game 154 (84)-1st Grade-BELMONT-SWANSEA 4 def. West Wallsend 3

Tuesday 2nd May: Alder Park-FFA CUP
Game 155 (85)-NEW LAMBTON 2 def. Kahibah FC 1

Wednesday 3rd May: Adamstown Oval-FFA CUP
Game 156 (86)-ADAMSTOWN ROSEBUD 3 def. Thornton Redbacks 0

Saturday 6th May: Johnston Park: 13 Goals (330)
Game 157 (87)-17’s-WEST WALLSEND 2 def. Wallsend FC 0
Game 158 (88)-19’s-WEST WALLSEND 5 def. Wallsend FC 0
Game 159 (89)-23’s-West Wallsend 1 def by. WALLSEND FC 2
Game 160 (90)-1st Grade-WEST WALLSEND 2 def. Wallsend FC 1

Sunday 7th May: Kahibah Oval: 8 Goals (338)
Game 161 (91)-17’s-Kahibah FC 0 def by. BELMONT-SWANSEA 2
Game 162 (92)-19’s-Kahibah FC 0 drew. Belmont-Swansea 0
Game 163 (93)-23’s-KAHIBAH FC 3 def. Belmont-Swansea 1
Game 164 (94)-1st Grade-KAHIBAH FC 2 def. Belmont-Swansea 0
Wednesday 10th May: Alder Park: 9 Goals (347)
Game 165 (95)-23’s-New Lambton 2 def by. THORNTON REDBACKS 3
Game 166 (96)-1st Grade-New Lambton 1 def by. THORNTON REDBACKS 3

Saturday 13th May: Blacksmiths Oval: 11 Goals (358)
Game 167 (97)-17’s-BELMONT-SWANSEA 2 def. Thornton Redbacks 0
Game 168 (98)-19’s-BELMONT-SWANSEA 4 def. Thornton Redbacks 0
Game 169 (99)-23’s-Belmont-Swansea 0 def by. THORNTON REDBACKS 1
Game 170 (100)-1st Grade-Belmont-Swansea 1 def by. THORNTON REDBACKS 3

Sunday 14th May: The Gardens: 12 Goals (370)
Game 171 (101)-17’s-Wallsend FC 2 drew. Kahibah FC 2
Game 172 (102)-19’s-WALLSEND FC 3 def. Kahibah FC 0
Game 173 (103)-23’s-WALLSEND FC 3 def. Kahibah FC 1
Game 174 (104)-1st Grade-WALLSEND FC 1 def. Kahibah FC 0

Wednesday 17th May: Alder Park-FFA CUP
Game 175 (105)-New Lambton 0 def by. BROADMEADOW MAGIC 3

Saturday 20th May: Fearnley Dawes Athletic Centre: 15 Goals (385)
Game 176 (106)-17’s-COOKS HILL UNITED 2 def. Singleton Strikers 0
Game 177 (107)-19’s-COOKS HILL UNITED 5 def. Singleton Strikers 2
Game 178 (108)-23’s-COOKS HILL UNITED 4 def. Singleton Strikers 0
Game 179 (109)-1st Grade-Cooks Hill United 2 drew. Singleton Strikers 2





Sunday 21st May: Kahibah Oval: 21 Goals (406)
Game 180 (110)-17’s-KAHIBAH FC 7 def. Cessnock City 0
Game 181 (111)-19’s-KAHIBAH FC 3 def. Cessnock City 2
Game 182 (112)-23’s-KAHIBAH FC 2 def. Cessnock City 1
Game 183 (113)-1st Grade-KAHIBAH FC 5 def. Cessnock City 1

Saturday 27th May: Johnston Park: 11 Goals (417)
Game 184 (114)-17’s-West Wallsend 1 drew. New Lambton 1
Game 185 (115)-19’s-West Wallsend 1 drew. New Lambton 1
Game 186 (116)-23’s-WEST WALLSEND 2 def. New Lambton 1
Game 187 (117)-1st Grade-West Wallsend 2 drew. New Lambton 2

Sunday 28th May: Thornton Park: 8 Goals (425)
Game 188 (118)-17’s-THORNTON REDBACKS 2 def. Cessnock City 0
Game 189 (119)-19’s-THORNTON REDBACKS 1 def. Cessnock City 0
Game 190 (120)-23’s-Thornton Redbacks 0 def by. CESSNOCK CITY 1
Game 191 (121)-1st Grade-Thornton Redbacks 2 drew. Cessnock City 2

Thursday 1st June: Cardiff Oval No.2: 5 Goals
Game 192 (122)-ZPL-Cardiff City 1 def by. SWANSEA FC 4

Saturday 3rd June: Blacksmiths Oval: 16 Goals (441)
Game 193 (123)-17’s-Belmont-Swansea 0 def by. COOKS HILL UNITED 3
Game 194 (124)-19’s-BELMONT-SWANSEA 3 def. Cooks Hill United 1
Game 195 (125)-23’s-Belmont-Swansea 1 def by. COOKS HILL UNITED 7
Game 196 (126)-1st Grade-BELMONT-SWANSEA 1 def. Cooks Hill United 0

Sunday 4th June: Lyall Peacock Field: 14 Goals (455)
Game 197 (127)-17’s-Toronto-Awaba 0 def by. WEST WALLSEND 1
Game 198 (128)-19’s-Toronto-Awaba 1 def by. WEST WALLSEND 4
Game 199 (129)-23’s-Toronto-Awaba 1 def by. WEST WALLSEND 2
Game 200 (130)-1st Grade-TORONTO-AWABA 4 def. West Wallsend 1

Saturday 10th June: Blacksmiths Oval: 30 Goals (485)
Game 201 (131)-17’s-BELMONT-SWANSEA 3 def. Wallsend F.C 1
Game 202 (132)-19’s-BELMONT-SWANSEA 8 def. Wallsend F.C 1
Game 203 (133)-23’s-Belmont-Swansea 2 def by. WALLSEND F.C 6
Game 204 (134)-1st Grade-BELMONT-SWANSEA 9 def. Wallsend F.C 0

Wednesday 14th June: LMRFF
Game 205 -TRIAL-Kahibah F.C 0 def by. HAMILTON OLYMPIC 3

Saturday 17th June: Johnston Park: 13 Goals (498)
Game 206 (135)-17’s-West Wallsend 0 def by. KAHIBAH F.C 1
Game 207 (136)-19’s-WEST WALLSEND 2 def. Kahibah F.C 0
Game 208 (137)-23’s-WEST WALLSEND 4 def. Kahibah F.C 3
Game 209 (138)-1st Grade-WEST WALLSEND 2 def. Kahibah F.C 1

Sunday 18th June: Lyall Peacock Field: 10 Goals (508)
Game 210 (139)-17’s-TORONTO-AWABA 2 def. Thornton Redbacks 0
Game 211 (140)-19’s-Toronto-Awaba 1 def by. THORNTON REDBACKS 4
Game 212 (141)-23’s-Toronto-Awaba 0 def by. THORNTON REDBACKS 3

Tuesday 20th June: Howe Park: 7 Goals (515)
Game 213 (142)-23’s-SINGLETON STRIKERS 2 def. Cessnock City 1
Game 214 (143)-1st Grade-SINGLETON STRIKERS 4 def. Cessnock City 0


Thursday 22nd June: Kahibah Oval: 9 Goals (524)
Game 215 (144)-17’s-Kahibah F.C 1 def by. TORONTO-AWABA 3
Game 216-(145)-19’s-KAHIBAH F.C 4 def. Toronto-Awaba 1

Saturday 24th June: Thornton Park: 14 Goals (538)
Game 217 (146)-17’s-Thornton Redbacks 0 def by. WEST WALLSEND 4
Game 218 (147)-19’s-Thornton Redbacks 0 def by. WEST WALLSEND 3
Game 219 (148)-23’s-THORNTON REDBACKS 2 def. West Wallsend 1
Game 220 (149)-1st Grade-THORNTON REDBACKS 2 def. West Wallsend 1

Sunday 25th June: Kahibah Oval: 14 Goals (552)
Game 221 (150)-17’s-Kahibah F.C 2 drew. Cooks Hill United 2
Game 222 (151)-19’s-Kahibah F.C 0 def by. COOKS HILL UNITED 3
Game 223 (152)-23’s-Kahibah F.C 0 def by. COOKS HILL UNITED 2
Game 224 (153)-1st Grade-Kahibah F.C 2 def by. COOKS HILL UNITED 3

Tuesday 27th June: Johnston Park: 3 Goals (555)
Game 225 (154)-15’s-WEST WALLSEND 3 def. Cooks Hill United 0

Wednesday 28th June: Alder Park: 7 Goals (562)
Game 226 (155)-23’s-New Lambton F.C 0 def by. KAHIBAH F.C 4
Game 227 (156)-1st Grade-New Lambton F.C 1 def by. KAHIBAH F.C 2

Thursdsy 29th June: AthField: 0 Goals (562)
Game 228 (157)-15’s-Cooks Hill United 0 drew. Wallsend F.C 0




Saturday 1st July: AthField: 19 Goals (581)
Game 229 (158)-17’s-COOKS HILL UNITED 2 def. Cessnock City 0
Game 230 (159)-19’s-COOKS HILL UNITED 2 def. Cessnock City 0
Game 231 (160)-23’s-COOKS HILL UNITED 6 def. Cessnock City 1
Game 232 (161)-1st Grade-COOKS HILL UNITED 7 def. Cessnock City 1

Sunday 2nd July: Kahibah Oval: 18 Goals (599)
Game 233 (162)-17’s-KAHIBAH F.C 8 def. Thornton Redbacks 0
Game 234 (163)-19’s-Kahibah F.C 1 def by. THORNTON REDBACKS 4
Game 235 (164)-23’s-Kahibah F.C 2 drew. Thornton Redbacks 2
Game 236 (165)-1st Grade-KAHIBAH F.C 1 def. Thornton Redbacks 0

Tuesday 4th July: Johnston Park: 4 Goals (603)
Game 237 (166)-17’s-WEST WALLSEND 2 def. Cooks Hill United 1
Game 238 (167)-19’s-West Wallsend 0 def by. COOKS HILL UNITED 1

Wednesday 5th July: Kahibah Oval: 11 Goals (614)
Game 239 (168)-23’s-Kahibah F.C 2 drew. Toronto-Awaba 2
Game 240 (169)-1st Grade-KAHIBAH F.C 6 def. Toronto-Awaba 1

Thursday 6th July: Alder Park 5 Goals (619)
Game 241 (170)-17’s-NEW LAMBTON F.C 2 def. South Cardiff 0
Game 242 (171)-19’s-New Lambton F.C 0 def by. SOUTH CARDIFF 3

Saturday 8th July: Ulinga Oval: 5 Goals (624)
Game 243 (172)-17’s-South Cardiff 0 def by. KAHIBAH F.C 1
Game 244 (173)-19’s-SOUTH CARDIFF 1 def. Kahibah F.C 0
Game 245 (174)-23’s-SOUTH CARDIFF 2 def. Kahibah F.C 1
Game 246 (175)-1st Grade-South Cardiff 0 drew. Kahibah F.C 0

Sunday 9th July: The Gardens: 15 Goals (639)
Game 247 (176)-17’s-Wallsend F.C 1 def by. NEW LAMBTON F.C 2
Game 248 (177)-19’s-Wallsend F.C 1 def by. NEW LAMBTON F.C 2
Game 249 (178)-23’s-WALLSEND F.C 1 def. New Lambton F.C 0
Game 250 (179)-1st Grade-WALLSEND F.C 5 def. New Lambton F.C 3

Saturday 15th July: Thornton Park: 11 Goals (650)
Game 251 (180)-17’s-THORNTON REDBACKS 1 def. South Cardiff 0
Game 252 (181)-19’s-THORNTON REDBACKS 2 def. South Cardiff 1
Game 253 (182)-23’s-THORNTON REDBACKS 2 def. South Cardiff 1
Game 254 (183)-1st Grade-Thornton Redbacks 2 drew. South Cardiff 2

Sunday 16th July: Kahibah Oval: 22 Goals (672)
Game 255 (184)-17’s-KAHIBAH F.C 7 def. Singleton Strikers 1
Game 256 (185)-19’s-KAHIBAH F.C 3 def. Singleton Strikers 2
Game 257 (186)-23’s-KAHIBAH F.C 4 def. Singleton Strikers 0
Game 258 (187)-1st Grade-KAHIBAH F.C 4 def. Singleton Strikers 1

Tuesday 18th July: Johnston Park: 2 Goals (674)
Game 259 (188)-15’s-West Wallsend 1 drew. Kahibah F.C 1

Wednesday 19th July: Lyall Peacock Field: 10 Goals (684)
Game 260 (189)-15’s-TORONTO-AWABA 6 def. Thornton Redbacks 1
Game 261 (190)-1st Grade-Toronto-Awaba 0 def by. THORNTON REDBACKS 3




Saturday 22nd July: Turner Park: 18 Goals (702)
Game 262 (191)-17’s-Cessnock City 0 def by. TORONTO-AWABA 7
Game 263 (192)-19’s-Cessnock City 1 def by. TORONTO-AWABA 2
Game 264 (193)-23’s-CESSNOCK CITY 4 def. Toronto-Awaba 1
Game 265 (194)-1st Grade-Cessnock City 1 def by. TORONTO-AWABA 2

Sunday 23rd July: Blacksmiths Oval: 9 Goals (711)
Game 266 (195)-17’s-Belmont-Swansea 1 drew. Kahibah F.C 1
Game 267 (196)-19’s-Belmont-Swansea 0 def by. KAHIBAH F.C 2
Game 268 (197)-23’s-Belmont-Swansea 1 drew. Kahibah F.C 1
Game 269 (198)-1st Grade-BELMONT-SWANSEA 2 def. Kahibah F.C 1

Tuesday 25th July: Kahibah Oval: 7 Goals (718)
Game 270 (199)-15’s-Kahibah F.C 1 def by. TORONTO-AWABA 6

Wednesday 26th July: Thornton Park: 3 Goals (721)
Game 271 (200)-23’s-Thornton Redbacks 1 drew. New Lambton F.C 1
Game 272 (201)-1st Grade-THORNTON REDBACKS 1 def. New Lambton F.C 0

Saturday 29th July: Turner Park: 12 Goals (733)
Game 273 (202)-17’s-Cessnock City 2 drew. Kahibah F.C 2
Game 274 (203)-19’s-Cessnock City 0 def by. KAHIBAH F.C 4
Game 275 (204)-23’s-Cessnock City 1 def by. KAHIBAH F.C 2
Game 276 (205)-1st Grade-Cessnock City 0 def by. KAHIBAH F.C 1





Sunday 30th July: Blacksmiths Oval: 15 Goals (748)
Game 277 (206)-17’s-Belmont-Swansea 0 def by. SOUTH CARDIFF 2
Game 278 (207)-19’s-BELMONT-SWANSEA 5 def. South Cardiff 1
Game 279 (208)-23’s-BELMONT-SWANSEA 4 def. South Cardiff 0
Game 280 (209)-1st Grade-BELMONT-SWANSEA 2 def. South Cardiff 1

Saturday 5th August: AthField: 15 Goals (763)
Game 281 (210)-17’s-COOKS HILL UNITED 2 def. New Lambton FC 0
Game 282 (211)-19’s-COOKS HILL UNITED 2 def. New Lambton FC 0
Game 283 (212)-23’s-COOKS HILL UNITED 3 def. New Lambton FC 0
Game 284 (213)-1st Grade-COOKS HILL UNITED 5 def. New Lambton FC 3

Sunday 6th August: Kahibah Oval: 14 Goals (777)
Game 285 (214)-17’s-KAHIBAH FC 3 def. Wallsend FC 0
Game 286 (215)-19’s-Kahibah FC 0 def by. WALLSEND FC 2
Game 287 (216)-23’s-Kahibah FC 1 def by. WALLSEND FC 2
Game 288 (217)-1st Grade-KAHIBAH FC 6 def. Wallsend FC 0

Saturday 12th August: Thornton Park: 12 Goals (789)
Game 289 (218)-17’s-New Lambton FC 0 drew. West Wallsend 0
Game 290 (219)-19’s-New Lambton FC 1 drew. Cooks Hill United 1
Game 291 (220)-23’s-WEST WALLSEND 4 def. Cooks Hill United 3
Game 292 (221)-1st Grade-Thornton Redbacks 0 def by. COOKS HILL UNITED 3

Sunday 13th August: Blacksmiths Oval: 11 Goals (800)
Game 293 (222)-17’s-Toronto-Awaba 2 drew. Cooks Hill United 2
Game 294 (223)-19’s-West Wallsend 1 drew. Belmont-Swansea 1
Game 295 (224)-23’s-Thornton Redbacks 1 def by. WALLSEND FC 2
Game 296 (225)-1st Grade-Belmont-Swansea 0 def by. KAHIBAH FC 2
Saturday 19th August: Kahibah Oval: 13 Goals (813)
Game 297 (226)-17’s-COOKS HILL UNITED 4 def. Toronto-Awaba 0
Game 298 (227)-19’s-BELMONT-SWANSEA 2 def. West Wallsend 1
Game 299 (228)-23’s-WALLSEND FC 2 def. Thornton Redbacks 1
Game 300 (229)-1st Grade-Kahibah FC 0 def by. BELMONT-SWANSEA 3

Sunday 20th August: AthField: 16 Goals (829)
Game 301 (230)-17’s-WEST WALLSEND 1 def. New Lambton FC 0
Game 302 (231)-19’s-Cooks Hill United 2 drew. New Lambton FC 2
Game 303 (232)-23’s-Cooks Hill United 1 def by. WEST WALLSEND 2
Game 304 (233)-1st Grade-COOKS HILL UNITED 7 def. Thornton Redbacks 1


Sunday 27th August: Magic Park: 20 Goals (849)
Game 305 (234)-15’s-Cooks Hill United 1 def by. WEST WALLSEND 2
Game 306 (235)-17’s-West Wallsend 1 def by. COOKS HILL UNITED 2
Game 307 (236)-19’s-Belmont-Swansea 2 def by. NEW LAMBTON FC 3
Game 308 (237)-23’s-WALLSEND FC 4 def. West Wallsend 1
Game 309 (238)-1st Grade-COOKS HILL UNITED 4 def. Belmont-Swansea 0

Saturday 2nd September: Pasadena Oval
Game 310-Third Grade-SWANSEA FC 4 def. Cardiff City 3
Game 311-Reserve Grade-Dudley-Redhead 3 def by. SWANSEA FC 4
Game 312-1st Grade-BERESFIELD UNITED 3 def. Swansea FC 2

McDonald Jones Stadium:
Game 313-1st Grade-Edgeworth Eagles 0 def by. LAMBTON JAFFAS 2


Sunday 3rd September: Connolly Park
Game 314-Third Grade-DUDLEY-REDHEAD 2 def. Newcastle Suns 1
Game 315-Reserve Grade-CARDIFF CITY 5 def. Kotara South 0
Game 316-1st Grade-Newcastle Suns 0 def by. DUDLEY-REDHEAD 1

Saturday 9th September: Lisle Carr Oval
Game 317-Reserve Grade-HAMILTON OLYMPIC 4 def. New Lambton FC 2
Game 318-1st Grade-Argenton United 0 def by. HUNTER SIMBA 1

Sunday 10th September: Magic Park
Game 319-Third Grade-DUDLEY-REDHEAD 2 def. Cardiff City 1
Game 320-Reserve Grade-CARDIFF CITY 3 def. Swansea FC 0
Game 321-1st Grade-Newcastle Suns 2 def by. BERESFIELD UNITED 3

Sunday 12th November: Johnston Park
Game 322-West Wallsend 19’s 3 def by. CHARLESTOWN CITY 16’s 5

Sunday 19th November: Croft Oval
Game 322-EDGEWORTH FC 15’s 2 def. Kahibah FC 17’s 1
Game 323-Edgeworth FC 16’s 1 def by. KAHIBAH FC 19’s 7
Game 324-Edgeworth FC 18’s 0 def by. KAHIBAH FC 23’s 4

Wednesday 6th December: Fred Wright Oval
Game 325-Kahibah FC 19’s 1 def by. WESTON 20’s 7

Thursday 7th December: Arthur Edden Oval
Game 326-Lambton Jaffas 0 def by. WESTON 4


Wednesday 20th December: Arthur Edden Oval
Game 327-LAMBTON JAFFAS 6 def. Kahibah FC 1


JETS GAMES:
Game 328-ROUND 15-Jets 2 drew. Perth 2
Game 329-ROUND 19-Jets 0 drew. Victory 0
Game 330-ROUND 22-Jets 1 def by. BRISBANE 3
Game 331-ROUND 1-CCM 1 def by. JETS 5
Game 332-ROUND 2-Jets 2 drew. Perth 2
Game 333-ROUND 4-Jets 1 drew. WSW 1
Game 334-ROUND 5-JETS 3 def. Wellington 0
Game 335-ROUND 7-SYDNEY 2 def. Jets 1
Game 336-ROUND 8-JETS 4 def. Victory 1
Game 337-ROUND 9-Jets 1 def by. CITY 2
Game 338-ROUND 11-JETS 2 def. Adelaide 1


Game 339-ROUND 12-JETS 4 def. WSW 0




Game 340-Thursday July 13th-ARSENAL FC 2 def. Sydney FC 0
Game 341-Tuesday September 19th-AUSTRALIA (Matildas) 3 def. Brazil 2
Game 342-Wednesday November 15th-AUSTRALIA 3 def. Honduras 1


Thursday, 24 August 2017

PREVIEW: New-FM Northern League One Grand Final Day 2017


Under 15's Grand Final:
Cooks Hill United (3rd) v West Wallsend SFC (4th)
Kickoff: 8:30am
2017 Meetings: CHU 1-0 WWB & WWB 3-0 CHU

For the very first time we welcome the Under 15's to the senior matchday and with changes next year adding 14's and bringing 17's to a junior matchday, this will be the only time the 15's get to play on the same day as the 19's, 23's and 1st. Needless to say, it's brilliant to see them added onto a big GF day and for them to get their much-deserved spotlight.

What Happened In Semi's: Last Sunday at Alder Park, the 15's produced two games that went the distance, all the way to penalty shootouts. Firstly it was Cooks Hill who with the help of top scorer Marty Willson and Nicholas Collins took a talented Toronto-Awaba side to penalties and prevailed. Brilliant for a side that have fought hard all year to make it this far.

Minor premiership winners New Lambton were stunned as West Wallsend came away with a penalty shootout win. Goalkeeper Shaun Simpson pulled off a vital save and Jacob Mason buried his former club. A fantastic result for the young Bluebells and both lower-ranked sides knocking off the top two in the Under 15's.

2017 In A Nut-Shell: Cooks Hill have enjoyed a free-scoring season where all but three outfield players have bagged a goal or more. Eleven different goalscorers and the Golden Boot winner in Marty Willson in their squad. The first half of the year saw them overcome all top four sides but they lost all three games in the second half. They need to turn that stat around on Sunday.

West Wallsend don't possess the same amount of different goalscorers but have two impressive attackers in Ethan Wright and Tom Maddock. They've defended gallantly in their run to the Grand Final. Only three goals conceded in the past nine games. They've got the belief they can bring West Wallsend their first Grand Final win in over a decade.

Previous Meetings: Cooks Hill won the first match between these two sides. It was a closely-though match-up at the AthField on a Friday night. The only goal of the game was a spectacular finish from range by Jimmy Nduwayesu. It was part of a run of four straight clean sheets for the Cookers at the time.

The return leg was featured on Newysports on a cold night at Johnston Park. That night saw Westy show all class as they breezed past Cooks Hill. An attacking masterclass saw two goals from Tom Maddock and a superb goal from long range by Ethan Wright. It was one of Westy's best victories of the season.

Potential Weak-Points: Due to not seeing too many 15's games this year, it's hard to come up with weak points but no doubt nerves will be a major issue for both sides. They'd be few if any players who've played in a major Grand Final at an NPL ground.

The possibility of yet another penalty shootout is indeed a big one. Goals will be tough to come by with both sides possessing solid defences. So if there is a potential weak spot, it is there. Both attacks are brilliant on their day so any slip-ups could prove very costly.

Key To Victory: It's pretty much the same thing for both sides. The attack. Cooks Hill's Marty Willson is top scorer but will likely be marked heavily which might mean some extra space for his teammates. The Cookers aren't a one-man show and they could prove that on Sunday.

Westy's key are their two leading scorers and their main attacking partnership in Ethan Wright and Tom Maddock. Like Marty Willson, these two possess a height and size advantage. They can definitely do some damage to Cooks Hill like they did last time they met them. To see Westy lift the trophy without one of these two on the scoresheet would be unexpected.

Prediction: It would not surprise to see this one go the difference. These sides are evenly-matched and the defences both got the job done last week. Based on their last meeting and current form, it's quiet possible that Westy are the slightly favourites despite finishing lower on the table.

My Tip: Cooks Hill United 1-2 West Wallsend

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Under 17's Grand Final:
West Wallsend SFC (1st) v Cooks Hill United (3rd)
Kickoff: 10:15am
2017 Meetings: CHU 1-2 WWB & WWB 2-1 CHU

It's the end of an era on Newysports as the Under 17's play on the senior matchday for the final time. Changes to the competition structure will see the 17's join the 15's and either 14's or 13's on a junior matchday. It's a significant hit to Newysports' audience but it is what it is. The good news is that plenty of the current 17's players will be 'ageing up' to the 19's.

What Happened In Semi's: West Wallsend won the minor premiership with an 8-1 flogging of Cessnock City but goals were so very hard to come by against a resilient New Lambton side. The Bluebells attack just couldn't find a way but eventually got the goal that mattered thanks to some luck and good positioning from centre back Brad Jackson. It wasn't pretty but they got to the GF.

Cooks Hill were cruising at 2-0 in the first leg against Toronto after a Nick Hart screamer but the Stags fought back to 2-2. The second leg was tight, scoreless at half-time and then complete carnage as Cooks Hill ran rampant over a hapless Toronto defence. Four goals later and a 6-2 aggregate win would seal the Cookers' path to the Grand Final.

2017 In A Nut-Shell: It's been a near-perfect season for West Wallsend. The equal-best attack, the best defence and only one loss all season. With just two goals conceded in their past six games, confidence is sky high at the back for the Bluebells. They're battled hardened from two tight tussles with New Lambton.

Cooks Hill also possess a dominating defensive record. 12 clean sheets in 22 matches this season. With last week behind them, they've now scored more goals than West Wallsend. With talent like Rory Kalnins, Bobby Carter and Nick Hart looking for goals, it's a tough ask to stop the in-form Cookers.

Previous Meetings: Westy won both meetings between the two sides this season. Blake Ciappara and Sam Whyburn scored at the AthField in a night game to see off Cooks Hill 2-1. Later in the year on a cold night at Westy, the Bluebells prevailed 2-1 again. A goal to Blake Arthur and a screamer of a free-kick curled into the goal by Jack Blomfield. With two victories over the Cookers this season, Westy will believe they can do it again.

Potential Weak-Points: West Wallsend's attacking confidence would have to be at arguably the lowest point of the season after being held out by New Lambton over two legs. A rebound goal for centre back Brad Jackson is what got them to the Grand Final. Their attacking threats were either off-target or stopped by a gallant defence. They need to tune up for the big game.

The two losses to West Wallsend will play in the minds of Cooks Hill. That's something that coach Bruce O'Donnell will want his side to forget. Focus could be a weak-point as well. They really dropped their bundle against the Stags in Week 1 of the finals. If they find themselves in front, they need to keep working on the job at hand. Unlike the Stags, Westy won't go away easily.

Key To Victory: It has to be the defence for West Wallsend. Their attack hasn't be firing over the last two weeks but their defenders and goalkeeper Josh Snedden worked so hard last week to keep a vital clean sheet. They're going to be difficult to find a way past. If the likes of Drayton, Ciappara and Whyburn can find the target, then it is no doubt Westy's game to lose.

Cooks Hill need their main threats to be on point. Rory Kalnins was arguably their best last week and has a good partnership going with their skipper Bobby Carter. Nick Hart has been super impressive and the threat of left-footer Louis Rothfield on corners and free-kick could cancel out Westy's lefty Jack Blomfield.

Prediction: Grand Finals are always difficult to predict. Westy are the minor premiers and deserve the favourites tag based on that but recent form shows Cooks Hill as a serious threat. Based on the Semi Finals, it's hard to go past the Cookers. It might just go the distance and from there who knows.

My Tip: West Wallsend 2-2 Cooks Hill United (WWB Win via PENS)

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Under 19s Grand Final:
Belmont-Swansea UFC (2nd) v New Lambton FC (4th)
Kickoff: 12:15am
2017 Meetings: BEL 2-2 NLE & NLE 0-2 BEL

Ask anyone two weeks ago what the Grand Final would be and most would have answered Cooks Hill v Belswans, possibly Cooks Hill v Westy. Few gave New Lambton hope but with some luck last week they got past the minor premiers to set up a date with the defending champions. It's simply a mouth-watering match between two highly-rated attacks in the 19's.

What Happened In Semi's: Belmont-Swansea's road to the Grand Final was an incredibly tough one, having to get past last season's runners-up West Wallsend. Two physical and testing Semi Final legs saw Belswans prevail thanks to a maiden goal of the season from Arch Johnson. So often the assist-maker, Johnson got his moment in the sun in a big way.

New Lambton did things a little different. They found themselves down 2-1 on aggregate to Cooks Hill last week thanks to poor marking. Thanks to a hugely controversial goalkeeper send-off, the game turned to the Eagles favour and they'd score twice before leaving hostile territory with a win on the away goals rule.

2017 In A Nut-Shell: Belswans' title defence got off to a poor start by their standards. Six draws in their first eight games left them frustrated but they started winning and in solid fashion. Their only loss was to Kahibah that finished their 29-game unbeaten run. With the best attack in the comp and the equal-best defence, it's a tough, tough team to beat.

New Lambton's inaugural season started with a bang, a 5-0 hammering of Westy. Their season had its ups and its down. They managed to hold off Thornton in the race for finals with some decent form late in the season. A highly explosive attacking threat in Golden Boot winner Luke Homer and Lachlan Jones did really well but their defence leaked a fair few goals. 

Previous Meetings: Their first meeting came at Blacksmiths when Belswans were going through their 'draw' phase. Jacob Stevens would give the Eagles the lead with a superb left-footed free-kick but eventually it'd finish 2-2. Goals to Matt Ellis and Lachlan McMaster earned Belswans a point.

Their second game saw Belswans show their class with a 2-0 away victory. Instead of the normal goalscoring threats it was two unexpected providers in Ned Gain and Jesse Harvey who won it for the visitors at Alder Park. 

Potential Weak-Points: It's very difficult, almost impossible to pick a weak point for the defending champions from Belmont-Swansea. If anything it's their mindset. They need to be firmly on the job. That one loss all year came at a time when they were losing their way a little. Their defence and goalkeeping has been superb.

New Lambton's weak point is a lot easier to pinpoint, their defence. 29 goals conceded in the regular season and just last week an example of poor man-marking as Cooks Hill opened the scoring early. Allowing openings like that will never win a Grand Final. With only three clean sheets in 22 games, it's truly a worry for them.

Key To Victory: Belmont-Swansea's squad across the park is very solid. It's hard to say where their best chances will be. If everyone plays to their potential then they'll like their chances. The danger man are always up top in Joel Nicholson, Will Dundas, etc but it's through players like Arch Johnson and David Swain where the chances are built up from.

New Lambton's two centre backs (Jack Fisher & Jack Neenan) scored last week but it's their attacking trio of Lachlan Jones, Luke Homer & Maurice Bechelli where the damage will come if it does, more so Jones and Homer. Their combination is superb and Jones in particular is a very tough player to handle, as Cooks Hill showed in that now infamous red card moment.

Prediction: With respect to New Lambton, this is the easiest tip of the 2017 Grand Final day. Any 19's players who've faced these sides in the second half of the year will agree. Belswans have the quality across the park, they have confidence, they're looking to go back-to-back. It's hard to be sold on New Lambton's defence.

My Tip: Belmont-Swansea 3-1 New Lambton

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Under 23's Grand Final:
Wallsend F.C (2nd) v West Wallsend SFC (4th)
Kickoff: 2:15pm
2017 Meetings: WWB 1-2 WAL & WAL 2-3 WWB

In the 'Newysports era', both 23's Grand Finals have been fairly boring walkovers. Thornton 4-0 over Lakes and Lakes 3-0 over Southy. This proves to be the best game of the lot and perhaps even a show-stealer of the lower grades on Sunday. The Wallsend Derby between two very fierce rivals in the 23's. It promises to be highly entertaining.

What Happened In Semi's: Wallsend did the double over the Thornton Redbacks. 2-1 wins in both legs meant a 4-2 aggregate victory. Last week they had some good luck with Trent Richards scoring a questionable free-kick and some bad luck with Calum Caldwell sent off for a "stomp" on a Thornton player. Nonetheless they got into the Grand Final like expected.

What wasn't expected was Westy's thrilling 4-3 1st Leg win over Cooks Hill. Many were calling them out for celebrating early but they shut everybody up (this reporter included) with a convincing 2-0 win at the AthField last week in tough conditions. The Bluebells simply out-enthused the minor premiers.

2017 In A Nut-Shell: Wallsend started slowly but they'd quickly get going with a win over previously unbeaten Cooks Hill. All year they matched it blow for blow with the Cookers and would beat them again in the second round. Back-to-back losses cost them a shot at the minor premiership, the first of which was a 3-2 loss to you guessed it, West Wallsend.

The Bluebells were in indifferent form for the first half. A 6-1 hammering by Thornton had them worried but the second half of the year saw them take off from the pack and stamp their spot inside the top four. It's a long way from where they were and they've made the Grand Final on the back of seven straight victories. Superb form.

Previous Meetings: The first 23's Derby of the season saw Wallsend prevail on enemy territory. Goals from Trent Milton and Ty Cousins handed the Red Devils a win whilst Westy returned the favour in the return game. The Maxton brothers (Mitch & Bailey) were joined on the scoresheet by Jackson Couper as Westy pulled off their best win of the year to that point to deny Wallsend a shot at the minor premiership.

Potential Weak-Points: Wallsend were fairly focused in their two games against Thornton but they do have some young players who might be overawed by the occasion of Grand Final day at Magic Park. The likes of Manning, Hall, Cousins, Karvelis, Sullivan & Meyrick are all young players. Experience in games like this in the form of Trent Richards and Cody Simpson will be vital.

West Wallsend's weak point is their defence. They've let in a fair few goals this year, almost twice as many as Wallsend. They were torn apart and error-prone in the Semi Final 1st Leg until they seemingly pressed a button and said enough's enough. They played well to keep a clean sheet last week but it's not the most confident defence/goalkeeping unit going round.

Key To Victory: It's amazing to look at the team sheet and see how young this Wallsend side is. Whilst it was mentioned their lack of experience, it could work in their favour. They'll be fired up for the biggest game some of them have ever played. They've got something up their sleeve with a proven and experienced goalscorer in Trent Richards in attack.

Westy's key isn't pretty football, it's not hard defence, it's the pure wave of emotion and will that has driven them the last two weeks. They're on a mission to prove everybody wrong and so far they've done just that. In terms of the game, keep an eye out for the Maxton brothers. Since Bailey's arrival they've combined for a lot in attack.

Prediction: As much as West Wallsend are probably craving another tip to go against them, it's not going to happen this time. They've been superb in the last two weeks and have fought tooth and nail to get this far. They've got the players to bully a youngish Wallsend side right out of this and that's exactly what could happen at Magic Park. The Bluebells are hungry for the title.

My Tip: Wallsend FC 1-2 West Wallsend

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1st Grade Grand Final:
Cooks Hill United (1st) v Belmont-Swansea UFC (3rd)
Kickoff: 4:15pm
2017 Meetings: CHU 6-2 BEL & BEL 1-0 CHU

For the most part of the year, plenty were expecting a Cooks Hill v Kahibah Grand Final. That was on track after Week One of the Semi Finals but last weekend Belmont-Swansea pulled off a comeback for the ages on a wild, windy day at the home of their rivals.

Cue the Grand Final where the two most entertaining sides meet, the two sides who play the best attacking brand of football. No defence-minded "boring football", no aimless long balls to no-one. Two sides that have proved to be highly entertaining in the back end of the year.

What Happened In Semi's: Cooks Hill United's job was done in the 1st Leg. They travelled to Thornton Park and scored three vital away goals. Once the first goal went in last week the Redbacks rolled over and were lapped by a ruthless Cookers' outfit. 7-1 on the day and a whopping 10-1 on aggregate for the premiers to secure a Grand Final spot.

Belmont-Swansea on the other hand did things very differently. They were average in the first leg and were pretty much "booed" for the lack of a better term by their own Old Boys'. Last week they showed sheer determination to prove doubters wrong and send Kahibah packing once again. Those two clubs do not like each other and last week saw wild scenes of celebration for Belswans.

2017 In A Nut-Shell: Cooks Hill were cruising for the first half of the season but endured a mid-season slump. Some frustrating results saw them almost lose the premiership but they got back in their best form at the perfect time to secure their first piece of NewFM silverware in their final regular season game. 

They brought in a proven coach in Graham Law and a lot of NPL experienced players. Their preferred starting 11 doesn't feature any players left from 2016. It's an entirely new line-up and they've delivered immediate success and a serious football culture that has trickled down across all five grades.

Belmont-Swansea recruited heavily too albeit more New-FM players than the "Cooks Hill Rosebud". A few faces from Wallsend joined up and despite probably having the oldest average age side in the league, they're all mates playing for a coach they like and a club they love. It's been a very solid year under Josh Rufo at Belmont-Swansea although it did start slowly.

The second half of the season has seen Belswans rocket their way up the table. A 9-0 victory over Wallsend was their biggest win in years and beating Cooks Hill and Kahibah were great victories for the side. It's such a similar story to last year but this time they have more experience and perhaps even more quality.

Previous Meetings: There's no bigger difference in prior meetings than this. In the first half of the season Belswans struggled to get going and an early trip to the AthField saw them brushed aside 6-2 in complete style. Lee Ashton bagged a hat-trick on the day and Belswans' keeper Ben Parmenter would have had nightmares about that day. It was the day Cooks Hill confirmed themselves as serious title contenders.

The second meeting was played on an overcast day at Blacksmiths. There was no sign of the flogging Belswans copped earlier in the year and this time they'd prevail in dramatic fashion. Defender Dan Rufo scored his first goal of the year to give Belswans their biggest win yet. Funny enough he'd be the one to seal their Grand Final spot too. He likes scoring in the big games!

Potential Weak-Points: Anyone who has followed Cooks Hill's results this year will know their defence has been leaky. They always find a way to do things the hard way. Although lately they've shut up shop. Goalkeeper Jake Hamilton has built up confidence in the past few weeks. 

His performance in the win over New Lambton was absolutely superb but they still let in three goals. Graham Law himself said after that game it's pretty simple, if the opponents net four goals then the Cookers will net five. It could lead to a more open Grand Final than the two previous years.

Belmont-Swansea need confidence. Their performance against Kahibah in the 1st Semi Final was poor and uncharacteristic. They replied to the questions being asked of their chances. For the best part of two years the club has thrived on being written off at every turn.

Their potential weak-point is their slow ball movement. They got caught once or twice by Kahibah in the 1st Leg and their back-line is simply nowhere near the pace that is shown by the Cookers attack. What they do possess is smartness to deal with that gap. Still, they will need to be extremely careful.

Key To Victory: Cooks Hill's scored more goals than any other side this season. 76 goals scored in 22 matches. It's some record and it's due largely to their quality in attack. Lee Ashton, Nick Russell and Cal Gallagher have been mentioned all year but lately Cal Lewis has been scoring goals for fun.

Lewis bagged three (apparently the other was an own goal) last week against Thornton. He knows exactly where to be when the chances come. The Cookers also have a stack of experience. Players who have been to Grand Finals and won them and indeed a coach who has claimed silverware before.

Belmont-Swansea don't possess the same amount of pure goalscorers as the Cookers but their best scorer is also the Golden Boot winner. Tega Marcus has been a threat in front of goal all season and bagged no less than 20 this season. With an NPL club or two apparently keeping tabs, he'll be keen to make the ultimate impact.

The Cookers cannot afford to focus all their defensive attention on Marcus. Last week Belswans proved to be deadly from the set-piece. Club captain Joel Shearer is a solid free-kick taker and lately they've focused on refining their corner routine. Big defender Dan Rufo in particular is a tricky one to stop.

Prediction: Let's hope firstly that there's goal. No repeat of last year's scoreless draw please! Belswans have the form and love the underdog tag. That tag stays the same this week. The Cookers are in goal-scoring form and have a lot of speed where it counts. It's been a near-perfect year for the club and this could cap it off with the greatest prize ever won for Cooks Hill.

My Tip: Cooks Hill United 2-1 Belmont-Swansea

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