Herald Women’s Premier League Round 9 Review

May 7th, 2018



Match of the Round
Merewether 5 (Nicki Jones 3, Rhali Dobson, Indie Asimus) defeated Adamstown 0 at Adamstown No.1 on Saturday. Half-time: Merewether led 2-0. 

Merewether came out on top in this fierce rivalry and put on a clinical performance to hand Adamstown their fifth loss of the season. 

The visitors opened the scoring early when Nicki Jones capitalised on a loose ball from Buds keeper Olivia Sneddon in the seventh minute.

From there, it was to and fro until an absolute thunderbolt from Indie Asimus just before half-time put Merewether up 2-0 heading into the sheds.

Adamstown had a chance early in the second half when Chelsea Lucas made a break but shot-stopper Alison Logue made the save.

Merewether was able to put the game to bed with Nicki Jones scoring a double in the 56th and 78th minute and Rhali Dobson adding to her tally in the 60th.

Adamstown coach Paul Devitis says it came down to executing opportunities.

“I thought the game was actually quite even in regards to periods of dominance,” Devitis said.

“They scored the first and third goal in periods of the game when we were playing well and they were two sucker punch goals.

“Injuries caused us problems and we ended up with only nine players for the last 10 minutes.

“We will be aiming to improve on closing down opposition players around the box in preparation for next week.”

Merewether coach Cass Koppen was pleased her side was able to score early and continue dominating throughout the match.

“The girls executed what we have been working on at training and played a far more attacking style of football,” Koppen said.

“We managed to put Adamstown on the back foot early and kept them there which is something we haven’t always held onto in the past.”


New Lambton 4 (Jenna Kennedy, Carson McGovern, Tara Andrews, Joey Burgess) defeated Warners Bay 2 (Nadja Squires, Jenna Kingsley) at Alder Park on Sunday. Half-time: New Lambton led 2-1. 

A match that had plenty of talking points with New Lambton taking the chocolates in a 4-2 victory over Warners Bay.

Warners Bay scored in the 18th minute through Nadja Squires but the celebrations didn’t last long with Jenna Kennedy equalising three minutes later.

New Lambton had the upper hand heading into half-time after Carson McGovern was able to put one away in the 44th minute.

The second half had barely started when Jenna Kingsley levelled for the Bay but Tara Andrews answered five minutes later and Joey Burgess scored the match winner in the 67th minute.

The Eagles have been full of surprises this season and after downing a top of the table team, they are certainly proving to be genuine contenders.

New Lambton coach Keelan Hamilton said their commitment at training paid off on Sunday.

“I am really happy for the players and it was a great reward for their efforts,” Hamilton said.

“We were blown off the park in Round one but we came into the match with a plan we believed could work.

“Full credit to the girls as they worked extremely hard and executed it well.

“It was a great result for the club but it’s only one match and we have to keep working hard each week if we want to remain competitive.”

Warners Bay player-coach Cass Davis thought her team was tired and flat.

“We knew we couldn’t afford to slack off against a team that is improving and has a lot of confidence but we did,” Davis said.

“Credit to New Lambton, they shut us down in the midfield which made it really difficult.

“It’s done now and we need to move forward and lift our heads for Wednesday’s match against South Wallsend.” 


Wallsend 4 (Laura Hall 2, Sophie O’Brien, Sass Seaborn) defeated Thornton 1 (Brooke Meredith) at The Gardens on Sunday. Half-time: Wallsend led 1-0. 

Wallsend returned to their stomping ground in style with a 4-1 win over a struggling Thornton on Sunday.

In the first half, the momentum shifted back and forth with both sides unable to string something together.

Wallsend headed into the sheds at half-time with a narrow 1-0 lead after Sophie O’Brien scored just before half-time.

In the second half, the Devil’s scored early through Laura Hall but Thornton answered with Brooke Meredith scoring from a free-kick.

It wasn’t meant to be for Thornton however, with Laura Hall grabbing her second and Sass Seaborn putting the nail in the coffin just before full time.

Wallsend coach Marc Hingston thought his side put in a 90-minute performance which they had been lacking in recent weeks.

“We played really good football for 90 minutes so I was really happy with the performance,” Hingston said.

“We had 27 shots so our completion rate wasn’t the best but our focus was a complete performance.

“It’s been a goal for weeks now and we will gain a lot of confidence through achieving it.”

Thornton coach Rob Richardson said he is running out of soldiers with a mounting injury list.

“Wallsend threw everything at us and we were still in it at 2-1 but unfortunately we conceded two late goals and they deserved the win,” Richardson said.

“We had three girls back up from Saturday and Lauren Faulkner played a full game in 17’s and first grade.

“The girls played their hearts out for no result but we will keep pushing on for next weekend.”


20s: Adamstown 3 beat Merewether 0, Warners Bay 2 beat New Lambton 1, Thornton 2 beat Wallsend 1, Mid North Coast 5 beat South Wallsend 0.

17s: Merewether 2 beat Adamstown 0, New Lambton 3 beat Warners Bay 1, Wallsend 4 beat Thornton 2, Mid North Coast 2 beat South Wallsend 0.

14s: Adamstown 3 beat Merewether 1, Warners Bay 5 beat New Lambton 0, Wallsend 1 beat Thornton 0, Mid North Coast 11 beat South Wallsend 0.

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