Wednesday, 30 May 2018

New-FM NL1 Stats (Round 11 2018)



Results:





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Standings:

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Top Goalscorers:

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Clean Sheets:



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Newysports Tips:
Tip Counter: 98/165 (59.4%)
Correct Score: 12/165 (7.3%)






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Next Week:


Friday, 25 May 2018

PREVIEW: New-FM Round 11 2018





Under 19's:
Thornton Redbacks (10th) v South Cardiff (11th)
Kickoff: 10:45am
2017 Meetings: SOU 0-0 THO & THO 2-1 SOU

Newysports is heading to Thornton Park on Saturday for what could be one of the games of the season in 1st Grade but on paper the 19's and indeed 23's might not match it. The 19's especially is a battle of the cellar-dwellers but with that being said, it could be similar to an entertaining tussle between then winless Thornton 17's and Cessnock last season. Similar stage of the season and expecting a similar effort from the Redbacks. If they don't win this then surely they won't win any.

South Cardiff are a very similar side to Thornton. A somewhat strong-ish defence and a couple of handy players in the midfield and out wide but an attack force that hasn't fired enough at times this season. Southy's goalscoring record is the worst in the 19's and that showed against Kahibah last weekend.

Prediction: The Redbacks haven't been a free-scoring outfit but have scored four goals now in the past two games. Unfortunately they've conceded five and thus a draw and a loss were the results. They desperately want that first win and Newysports can almost guarantee, two goals here is enough to win it against a "blunt" Southy attack (pun definitely intended).

My Tip: Thornton Redbacks 2-0 South Cardiff

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Under 23's:
Thornton Redbacks (1st) v South Cardiff (9th)
Kickoff: 12:30pm
2017 Meetings: SOU 2-3 THO & THO 2-1 SOU

The Thornton 23's have beaten all that have come before them this season and face their only unconquered challenge this Saturday. Scott Winslade's side had a patchy performance or two but in recent weeks have upped the ante to produce some of their most sound wins of the season. Jack Stoneman has now hit double digits for the season whilst their impressive defence will be boosted by the re-debut of Blake McDonnell in goals after New Lambton denied him a chance to be eligible for immediate Redbacks' selection last week.

South Cardiff on the other hand remain in 9th despite a positive result in a 1-1 draw with Kahibah. The Gunners had an element of luck in that game to not be down by three goals at half-time and maybe even four after the break but nonetheless they were able to get something out of the match. With Singleton having the bye and rooted to the bottom of the table, there's nothing to lose for the young Gunners outfit.

Prediction: There's been some significant upsets this season in all grades but this is beyond Southy's reach. With just two goals in the last three games, they struggle to find the back of the net and their defence has lapses. Just cannot see them scoring against the best defence in the competition. Even if they do find a goal, Thornton will likely get three plus and it ultimately will mean very little in the grand scheme of things.

My Tip: Thornton Redbacks 3-0 South Cardiff

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1st Grade Match of the Round:
Thornton Redbacks (3rd) v South Cardiff (4th)
Kickoff: 2:30pm
2017 Meetings: SOU 0-6 THO & THO 2-2 SOU

This week's Match of the Round is certainly a big one! Both sides sit inside the top four but certainly a loss could see either of them drop out so definitely it is an important fixture. Thornton Redbacks have shown some inconsistency as of late. With just one win from their last four games, it's not exactly the sort of form that would please coach Gary Wand. His side need to prove their credentials and pick up more wins.

The Redbacks were hindered last week by a fairly testing midweek cup game against Magic and whilst they performed well against the NPL powerhouse, they were unable to put together a similar performance against cellar-dwellers New Lambton. That is a sign of fatigue so it's safe to expect a more switched-on effort this weekend. Their form at home has been better than away. Three wins from four starts at 'the Park this year.

South Cardiff have endured their own patchy form as of late. Last week's win over Kahibah saw them overtake both Wallsend side's and jump back into the top four but certainly they're in need of raising the bar themselves. Apart from the goalfest over a depleted Toronto-Awaba side, they've struggled at times to find the back of the net. Averaging one goal a game is always going to put extra pressure on the backline.

Talking of goals, their main threat going forward is clearly Nathan McAllister and the former Golden Boot, Club Captain and standout player of the Redbacks returns to his former ground for the first time. Since the draw was announced this was a game a lot of people wanted to see and we've certainly had to wait for it. Can Macca sink his old club or will the Redbacks get the last laugh on the day?

Prediction: Newysports is a bit questionable on the scoreline tip below as looking at form, expecting Southy to score twice may be a bit generous, especially against a rather solid Thornton defence. A 1-1 draw would likely be more of a believable prediction but got to stick with the original thought. Can definitely see this ending in a stalemate.

My Tip: Thornton Redbacks 2-2 South Cardiff

Additional Tip: Macca to score one at Thornton Park...of course!

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Under 19's Match of the Round:
Toronto-Awaba (3rd) v Cooks Hill United (2nd)
Kickoff: 10:45am
2017 Meetings: TAW 0-1 CHU & CHU 7-0 TAW

For the second time this season Toronto-Awaba 19's faced a fellow top four side and yet again they were brushed aside by a couple of goals. Their 3-0 loss to West Wallsend highlighted a void which the Stags are so far yet to fill. When playing teams from outside the top four they have six wins and a draw. Eventually they'll need to overcome this stat if they are to win any silverware so hence they'll be fired right up for the visit of the in-form Cooks Hill.

The Cookers were handed a big win on a silver platter as Wallsend's defence crumbled in a shocking second half collapse. Cooks Hill eventually scored six goals (headlined by Chad McCarter's unexpected two headers) but on the day should have scored more. Now they face a firmer test and certainly they won't want the gap to Kahibah stretching any further than seven points. Their record against top four opposition isn't quiet eye-catching either. 

Prediction: It's too early to call this a finals preview but in reality it most likely is as the top four looks set in stone based on the first half of the year. The Stags would love nothing more than a confidence-boosting win and a chance to jump back into second place but they seemingly were put in their place last week and with Cooks Hill in form, it may happen again.

My Tip: Toronto-Awaba 1-3 Cooks Hill United

Additional Tip: Free-kick goal to be scored by Dimitri Patsan.

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Under 23's:
Toronto-Awaba (10th) v Cooks Hill United (2nd)
Kickoff: 12:30pm
2017 Meetings: TAW 2-10 CHU & CHU 10-0 TAW

Toronto 23's had a horrific season last year but nothing was worse than their two games against eventual Premiers Cooks Hill. 20-2 was the aggregate score over just 160 minutes of football as the Stags were dismantled. Those scores will resonate with the players left and no doubt they'll look to close the gap and perhaps produce a big shock and pick up their first win since Easter. Belief and morale is growing after a close loss to Westy last week.

Cooks Hill enter Round 10 a massive nine points behind ladder leaders Thornton. They've only lost the one game but their premiership rivals have just been another level or two better and more consistent. Last week's 2-0 win over Wallsend was unspectacular but solid. Emerson Augey scored two goals in quick succession during the second half but went off injured. Whether or not he plays will greatly affect their attacking plans.

Prediction: The Stags will be primed for the biggest upset of the 23's season but even with their form not exactly super impressive, Cooks Hill have the players to get the job done over an undermanned Toronto side. If the Cookers are any hope of a second-straight Premiership, they simply need to win every game and hope that the Redbacks somehow lose three or more games.

My Tip: Toronto-Awaba 1-3 Cooks Hill United

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1st Grade:
Toronto-Awaba (10th) v Cooks Hill United (1st)
Kickoff: 2:30pm
2017 Meetings: TAW 0-5 CHU & CHU 2-2 TAW

Who would have thought a month ago that Round 11 would see Blake Glennie coaching Toronto-Awaba against his former club Cooks Hill? The Stags have certainly had a fair share of drama and turmoil to get through in the last few years and going through a coach change is always a difficult task. To reply the way they did was incredible with a 3-1 victory away to West Wallsend lifting Toronto off the bottom of the table.

Glennie understands that the finals is likely a bit of a reach but team performance across the park seems to be the immediate focus. The result last week of course was a big positive but even more so was the uplift in belief and attitude that even filtered down into the 23's as well. Penfold, Roberts and Mackay all scored last week and certainly the Stags have a few dangerous players going forward. They need to fire once again.

Cooks Hill have scored 12 goals in their last two trips to Lyall Peacock Field and it's definitely one of their favourite away venues in the league. Their drop in form coincided with Graham Law's absence and rather unsurprisingly they've now returned to being the the benchmark of the competition with Law back patrolling the technical area. Reminiscent of a substitute teacher, class is quiet obviously back in session for the Champions.

Newysports was at the AthField and Ulinga last weekend and felt contrasting feelings to the opening goal. When Sam Bradshaw fired Wallsend ahead, panic did not set in and it was obvious that the Cookers were every chance of coming back whereas when Southy went ahead against Kahibah, the win suddenly seemed out of reach for the away side. That shows how good Cooks Hill's attack is. The next few weeks could see them strengthen their chances for another Premiership.

Prediction: Toronto's win at Kahibah Oval earlier this year was certainly a big one but a surprise upset here would be their biggest win in several years. Blake Glennie faces his former club (albeit with no starting players remaining from his stint as coach) but it's Graham Law who'll likely come away with the coaching win here. Toronto are slowly on the improve but realistically this might be beyond them.

My Tip: Toronto-Awaba 1-3 Cooks Hill United 

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Under 19's:
Belmont-Swansea (6th) v West Wallsend (4th)
Kickoff: 10:45am
2017 Meetings: BEL 2-2 WWB, WWB 0-2 BEL, WWB 1-1 BEL & BEL 2-1 WWB

This game is an absolute six pointer for Belswans in the 19's. Barring a huge victory, they'll be unable to overtake Westy but a win would draw them level on points with the fourth-placed side. Coming off a bye, it'll be interesting to see how Belswans shape up as their recent form has seen them improve a fair bit. They've won their last three games but now they face one of the competition's top sides. A big test of the home side's credentials.

West Wallsend really took their Derby Day loss to heart. Their efforts against Cooks Hill showed that they were serious about upping the ante and then last weekend they'd return to the winners' circle in a big way with a convincing 3-0 display over Toronto. Jaryd Hayter's return to scoring form comes at a very good time for the forward and the team will be full of belief after brushing the Stags aside.

Prediction: These two sides met in a pretty fiery Semi Final series last season although a fair few players have moved on from those squads. Westy defender Zac Annesley will get his first chance to face his former team and ultimately it's defence where this game will be won. Westy's attack is slowly coming into form but can't see Belswans breaking through their defence.

My Tip: Belmont-Swansea 0-2 West Wallsend

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Under 23's:
Belmont-Swansea (7th) v West Wallsend (5th)
Kickoff: 12:30pm
2017 Meetings: BEL 2-2 WWB & WWB 2-0 BEL

Consistency goes a long way in the Under 23's. The stunning rise of Cessnock City into 3rd place shows what a couple of wins can do. For Belmont-Swansea, they can no longer afford to go win-loss-win-loss; it's all about stringing some results together. They of course had the bye last weekend and their stocks have been boosted recently thanks to some returns and additions to the senior squad. This is certainly a big one for them.

West Wallsend did things the hard way against lowly Toronto-Awaba last weekend but the goalscoring form of Josh Knight will certainly have the Bluebells hierarchy pleased. In a year where so many teams across all grades are struggling to find a consistent scorer, players like Knight are extremely valuable. This is a side that work very hard for each other and definitely will be looking to thrust themselves back into the top four this weekend.

Prediction: Belswans sit with four wins and five losses. Even turning some of those losses into draws would be a good start so it's a key period for them over the next couple of weeks. West Wallsend know they can win well and also win "ugly" so to speak. Their attack needs to fire but can see Westy getting the job done on the day.

My Tip: Belmont-Swansea 1-2 West Wallsend

Additional Tip:  Josh Knight to continue his scoring form.

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1st Grade:
Belmont-Swansea (8th) v West Wallsend (5th)
Kickoff: 2:30pm
2017 Meetings: BEL 4-3 WWB & WWB 2-2 BEL

Newysports surprisingly won't be back at Blacksmiths for this one and ironically it's probably the biggest match of the year so far for Belmont-Swansea. They got the job done against Cessnock City albeit in a scrappy game on a windy day to head into the bye with a little bit of belief but now with the season at the halfway point, they simply need to produce. This game is a genuine six pointer without any shadow of a doubt.

Belswans have addressed their attacking issues with some signings and now with a few weeks of training the likes of Clayton Poole and Klaudon Ahmataj will likely be a bit more settled in. Match fitness for Poole is crucial as he will no doubt become a real threat towards goal once he brushes off the rust after returning to the game. Time is ticking towards Ben Parmenter's departure to the World Cup so very likely Will Reeves will be in between the sticks for 1st Grade within the next few games.

Inconsistency haunted West Wallsend last season and ultimately cost them a chance of breaking their long-standing Semi Final drought in 2017. We'd all thought they'd turned a corner with four-straight victories after a harrowing loss to Thornton. A loss to ladder leaders Cooks Hill was not exactly a surprise but a loss at home to lowly Toronto certainly raised some eyebrows.

What separates great teams from good teams is the ability to overcome adversity. It's all about how Westy responds to their drop of form. What is a positive for the Bluebells is that they are more than capable of producing the goods against Belswans. The home side have been a bit off at times this year and Gary Rowe will have his side prepared for battle. Expect a very physical contest between two of the more hardened sides in the competition. 

Prediction: This is a very big game for both sides in the course of the season. With the halfway point of the year ticking by, Belswans need to really start stringing together the wins whilst Westy will be looking to move back towards the top four. Home advantage will play a big part in the result here as Belswans are always a little bit sharper on home turf. They simply need to get the win.

My Tip: Belmont-Swansea 2-1 West Wallsend

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Under 19's:
Kahibah FC (1st) v Cessnock City (7th)
Kickoff: 10:45am
2017 Meetings: KAH 3-2 CES & CES 0-4 KAH

Not many teams wipe all before them. Kahibah 19's stand just one win away from being able to claim they've won 10 in a row and beaten every team in the league. You couldn't ask for a better first half of the season. Their performance at South Cardiff was convincing albeit with a few missed chances. Their rock solid defence has really built the platform for their success. Ryan Stuchbury the best and most consistent player at the Kahibah club this season. Just supreme in the backline.

Two weeks ago Newysports watched as Cessnock City coughed up a fairly poor loss to Belswans. Their effort levels were high but 90% of the effort was put into hoofing the ball down the field. No doubt the players shared some frustrations and coach Jason Zechel equally would have been displeased but last week they bounced back with a 2-0 win over Singleton. A nice return to form and definitely they'll need to focus on attack as going into their shells like the Belswans game won't end well.

Prediction: The home side are the overwhelming favourites as they have been in most games this season. You don't win nine in a row by accident and Kahibah have proven they can do things the hard way. For Cessnock they simply need to get in their faces early and try to catch them off-guard whilst Kahibah will look for a more high-scoring performance after an underwhelming attacking outing last week.

My Tip: Kahibah FC 3-0 Cessnock City

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Under 23's:
Kahibah FC (8th) v Cessnock City (3rd)
Kickoff: 12:30pm
2017 Meetings: KAH 2-1 CES & CES 1-2 KAH

Has there been a more frustrating team in all of the New-FM league than Kahibah 23's. For the past few years it's been a case of so close yet so far. Their result at Ulinga Oval last weekend pretty much summed up their season to this point. A load of missed chances and a scrappy equaliser conceded and ultimately points dropped when all three seemed achievable. When missed opportunities happen so often, it's very difficult to weed that mentality out of their game. They need confidence and belief in front of goal.

Cessnock City had no issues like those in their 5-0 win over cellar-dwellers Singleton. With a five goal lead at half-time over the worst attack in the league, the Hornets put the cue in the rack so to speak although Singleton did defend better in the second half. Probably 90% of their goals are coming from Ben Priest, Kyle Gillis and Brodie Williams. With some teams struggling to find one consistent scorer; to have three of them goes a long way to showing why the Hornets sit in 3rd position.

Prediction: The result hinders greatly on Kahibah's scoring ability. If they can find the back of the net then they'll do well for themselves but if last week is anything to by, that may be a tough ask. Cessnock are the form side and are playing a good brand of attacking football at the moment. It's very hard to go past the visitors in this one.

My Tip: Kahibah FC 1-2 Cessnock City

Additional Tip:  Alex Evans to get a yellow card. How he hasn't to this point is amazing!

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1st Grade:
Kahibah FC (9th) v Cessnock City (6th)
Kickoff: 2:30pm
2017 Meetings: KAH 5-1 CES & CES 0-1 KAH

Triple Semi Finalists Kahibah sit firmly on the brink of collapse when it comes to finals potential in 2018. Since arriving in the competition the Green and Blacks have been a mainstay in the top four but currently with just two wins from their first nine matches, it's safe to say alarm bells are ringing for their campaign. Injuries hampered them from the start but it's still quiet a slide the club have endured.

The Rams had seemingly turned a corner with a gutsy win at Thornton and then of course were denied a win by former glove-man Josh Cox in the New Lambton game. Defensively Kahibah have fixed things but their go-forward against South Cardiff was lacklustre. The attack has been hounded but in reality there were little chances created as the visiting side simply couldn't patch it through midfield. Their season hangs in the balance on Sunday.

It's not all doom and gloom for Cessnock City but Brendan Slade's side are in need of returning to the winners' circle sooner rather than later. With just one win in their last six games, their form has to improve in such a tight competition. The pleasing thing last weekend was a late determination to get something out of the game as Jason Zechel scored a very late goal to deny Singleton a win.

Defence was always the key for the Hornets. This time last year they'd let in 24 goals, whereas now it's only 11 goals conceded in nine games. It's attack that's causing the most headache for the coaching staff. You simply don't stand much chance of making finals without a recognised goalscorer. A couple of players sit on three goals but there's quiet frankly no out and out goalscoring striker in the side. And heading into Round 11, that remains their key concern.

Prediction: The home form of Kahibah has been nothing short of shocking. Two losses and a draw to start the year at home and whilst they have a lot of home matches coming up, it's safe to say now is the time if they want to be a hope of finals. Can see Kahibah losing this but with Cessnock's inconsistent attack a draw is probably the fair tip.

My Tip: Kahibah FC 1-1 Cessnock City

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Under 19's:
Wallsend FC (9th) v New Lambton FC (5th)
Kickoff: 10:45am
2017 Meetings: NLE 2-1 WAL & WAL 1-2 NLE

It was a game of two halves for Wallsend 19's last weekend at the AthField. After a tough 2-2 draw with winless Thornton, the Red Devils faced the defending Premiers and took the game to them in the first half. 2-1 down at half-time, things didn't look too bad for them. The second half was a defensive shambles as the scoreline blew out to 6-1. Very disappointing and even more so as the team have proven they're much better than that. Fortunately it's a new week and a new challenge ahead.

New Lambton have had some reality checks of their own as of late but continue to sit on the edge of the top four. The young side have battled hard some weeks but inconsistency has cost them a chance to perhaps sit even higher on the table. They beat Thornton 3-2 last weekend and will be looking to keep the pressure on fourth-placed West Wallsend with three points here. Both teams have a couple of good wingers so the fullbacks will likely be busy on the day. 

Prediction: This is a very tough game to call as both teams are just so incredibly inconsistent. New Lambton have had some attacking woes in games but their defence has been reasonably solid compared to most. Wallsend's defensive confidence will be shattered after last week and it might be too much of an ask for such a dramatic turn-around. The Eagles need to win to keep their eyes on the top four.

*Edit: No sign of New Lambton's new keeper either. Aidan Galvin was the GK last weekend so not sure a clearance came through for whoever Blake McDonnell's replacement is.

My Tip: Wallsend FC 1-2 New Lambton

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Under 23's:
Wallsend FC (6th) v New Lambton FC (4th)
Kickoff: 12:30pm
2017 Meetings: NLE 1-1 WAL & WAL 1-0 NLE

Inconsistency. Like "The Power of Love" sermon, it's just a repetitive feature of the Under 23's competition for most clubs this season. The Red Devils have slumped to back-to-back 2-0 losses to top two sides Thornton and Cooks Hill but remain very capable of getting things back on track with a victory in this game. It's a long campaign that's only reaching it's halfway point this weekend so Wallsend will know that a tweak here or there will get the machine rolling once again.

New Lambton are in a similar boat, albeit with one extra win this season. Their good form has come undone with back-to-back losses. First they were outdone 4-1 by Kahibah and then the ladder leaders Thornton beat them 3-0 on their home turf. Perhaps a wake-up call of sorts for the Eagles and certainly they'll be doing all they can in this game to keep their lock on a top four spot and ward off the 5th-placed West Wallsend.

Prediction: This is a genuine "six-pointer" for the defending Champions Wallsend as they look to build back towards the top four. With New Lambton also coming off recent losing form, it's poised to be a very interesting encounter. Both games were tight last year and it's safe to expect similar this time round. Home advantage may help Wallsend a fair bit and they might just edge a result. They certainly need it.

My Tip: Wallsend FC 2-1 New Lambton

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1st Grade:
Wallsend FC (7th) v New Lambton FC (11th)
Kickoff: 2:30pm
2017 Meetings: NLE 2-1 WAL & WAL 5-3 NLE

It was around six weeks ago that these sides met in the FFA Cup and Wallsend were 5-0 winners. A lot has happened since that night and lately the Red Devils have dropped off their early season form. Three-straight losses has seen Wallsend drop down to seventh on the ladder and certainly a return to form is certainly desired. Even with the recent losses, they sit just two points outside the top four.

Injuries have hit the Reds with their last home game seeing the substitutes bench cleared in the first half as Ty Goldsmith, Matt Williams and Travas McCabe all had to be taken off. They all featured at the AthField last weekend although top scorer Goldsmith was a second half addition and is still not at full fitness. Despite losing 4-1 to the ladder leaders, there was a lot of positives to take out of the game.

New Lambton's horror start to the season was compounded on A-League Grand Final day as they slumped to their biggest home loss in years and an 8-2 hammering to Singleton. Since then they've managed to turn a significant corner and record back-to-back draws against Kahibah and Thornton. The Eagles though now sit alone at the bottom of the table due to Toronto's win on the weekend.

Improvement was never going to happen overnight but Jim Foley's impact as coach is now being felt with the team playing some better football and picking up better results. No player in the Eagles' ranks has more confidence in front of goal than Riley Taylor who has nine goals for the season and is making a habit of scoring every single week.The visitors will look to improve on their back-to-back draws with just their second win of the year. 

Prediction: It wasn't that long ago that Wallsend were up around the top two. That form has dropped off and it's safe to expect a determined effort on the weekend to return to winning ways. New Lambton are good for a goal and Riley Taylor will probably score it but can see the Wallsend attack doing enough on the day to get over the top of an improving Eagles side.

My Tip: Wallsend FC 2-1 New Lambton

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YOUTH GAME(s) OF THE WEEK: Two games to keep an eye out for this weekend. It's a top of the table match in the 14's as Cooks Hill host Wallsend. The free-scoring form of the young Red Devils has slowed down so it'll be interesting to see who wins this. And in the 17's, last year's beaten Semi Finalists Toronto and New Lambton meet. Ironically both were beat in the 15's finals too. Lots of quality in both lineups.