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PS4 NPL NNSW Youth Grand Final Preview

August 24th, 2017

BEN HOMER

16 YEARS

EMERGING JETS 15 YEARS v BROADMEADOW MAGIC

Rockwell Automation Park

Saturday 26 August, 3:15 pm 

Broadmeadow Magic knocked over the Premiership-winning Lambton Jaffas 2-1 to qualify for this year’s Grand Final and while it may be a shock that fourth knocked over first, in the u/16s competition the closeness of the table indicates it may not have been so surprising.

Just three points separated first from fourth and Magic proved too strong on the day last Saturday.

The Emerging Jets had a more comfortable score line against Football Mid North Coast, winning 2-0 with the second-placed Jets knocking over third placed Mid North Coast.

Magic and the Emerging Jets meet for the third time this season with their two previous encounters going one each way. In round nine at Magic Park, Broadmeadow won 5-3 and in round 16 at the Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility the Emerging Jets won 3-2.

While this weekend’s fixture could go either way, one thing that is likely is plenty of goals.

The Jets and Magic have the two best-attacking records in the competition, with the Jets averaging a whopping 4.3 goals per game, scoring an incredible 79 times in 18 matches.

While Magic may have scored fewer, their record is still impressive. They have managed 56 goals in their 18 matches at just over three per game. Tyrell Paulson (16 goals) is Magic’s leading scorer while Sascha Montefiore (21 goals) has been the star for the Jets.

Expect the final match of the day to be an eye-catching one.


15 YEARS

HAMILTON OLYMPIC v BROADMEADOW MAGIC

Rockwell Automation Park

Saturday 26 August, 1:30 pm 

Premiers Hamilton Olympic will meet derby rivals Broadmeadow Magic in the u/15s Grand Final as the free-scoring Olympic look to complete the Premiership-Championship double.

Olympic finished five points clear of their nearest rival – the Emerging Jets – in 2017 and scored 75 times in 20 regular season matches.

Their defence was matched by their attack as they conceded a league low 16 goals. Last weekend though their defence wasn’t quite as good, however, their front third fired in a 4-3 win over fourth-placed Lake Macquarie.

Meanwhile, third-placed Broadmeadow Magic defeated second-placed Emerging Jets to make the Grand Final. Their attack has been superb throughout the year, scoring 63 goals across 20 matches this season.

The sides met just once this season, in round three and that afternoon Magic recorded a 3-2 victory, however, a lot of water has passed under the bridge since then.

Magic will need to be wary of Jared Muller and Josh Lynch who have been in fine form this season, scoring 29 and 23 goals respectively in the regular season.

For Magic, their go-to player is Ethan Talevski (15 goals). Expect a fiery derby, albeit on neutral ground.


14 YEARS

LAMBTON JAFFAS v ADAMSTOWN ROSEBUD 

Rockwell Automation Park

Saturday 26 August, 11:45 am

The top two sides from the regular season were both knocked over in the semi-finals last weekend in the u/14s, which sets up a local derby of sorts between Adamstown and Lambton.

The fourth-placed Rosebuds knocked over the Premiers Broadmeadow Magic 2-1 last weekend at Darling Street Oval, while third-placed Lambton crushed regular season runners-up Hamilton Olympic 3-0 at Adamstown Oval.

Adamstown and Lambton finished level on 38 points after the season proper, however, it was the lower-placed Rosebuds who got the better of Lambton on both occasions this season. In round 10, Adamstown won 4-1, followed by a tighter 2-1 victory in round 18.

Adamstown only has one player on double figures in the goal-scoring department, with Kyle Munns scoring 26 times.

For Lambton, it has been a more even spread, with Mitch Bettles on 13 goals and Matt Berrigan next best with 9.

With Adamstown gaining the upper hand so far in 2017, they deserve to be favourites, but a Lambton side with one of the best defences in the competition should not be underestimated.


13 YEARS

NORTH COAST FOOTBALL v EDGEWORTH EAGLES 

Rockwell Automation Park

Saturday 26 August, 10 am

Incredibly, more fourth-placed sides have reached Grand Final Day than their Premiership winning counterparts with Edgeworth one of three sides to knock off the Premiers in the semi-finals.

It was a high-scoring affair for the Eagles last Saturday at Darling Street Oval, as they defeated Hamilton in a penalty shoot out in front of Olympics’ home crowd.

The second semi-final saw yet another upset, with third-placed North Coast Football thrashing second-placed Emerging Jets 5-1 to reach the Grand Final and be the only side from the North Coast to make the PlayStation®4 National Premier League Youth Grand Final.

North Coast Football and Edgeworth finished level on 44 points this season and met on two occasions and both were high-scoring encounters.

In round eight it was a 3-3 draw in Coffs Harbour and in round 16, North Coast recorded a thumping 7-3 win at the Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility.

The Eagles Jameson McLean has been a standout this season with 14 goals, as has Kyle Deyzel who has scored 10.

Incredibly, just three members of the Eagles 15-man squad are yet to score this season and the same has been the case for North Coast Football.

Kyan Page (20 goals) and Charlie Kelly (19) are the two players to watch for, in the side from Coffs Harbour.

 

 

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