Herald Women’s Premier League Round 7 Review

April 26th, 2016


Renee Valentine


Wallsend 0 drew Merewether 0 at The Gardens

Mid North Coast 0 defeated by Warners Bay 6 (Sass Seaborn 3, Nadja Squires, Adriana Jones, Toria Campbell) at Taree Zone Field. Half-time: Warners Bay led 4-0

South Wallsend 2 (Maddy Searl, Laynee Field) defeated Thornton 1 (Emily Blanch) at Walker Fields. Half-time: 0-0

Adamstown had the bye


Match-By-Match Review

Sunday, April 24, 2.15pm

Wallsend 0 drew Merewether 0 at The Gardens

 It was far from their best performance of the season but defending champions Merewether improved to the top of the Herald Women’s Premier League ladder after a dour nil-all draw with Wallsend yesterday.

The match was anticipated as a blockbuster but did not live up to the hype with neither side unable to break down the other to score and with neither goalkeeper particularly tested.

The draw moved Merewether to 13 points, level with unbeaten Adamstown but on top of the league ladder with a superior goal difference.

Wallsend remain undefeated in six outings but they have recorded draws in half of the matches.

Merewether coach Cassie Koppen thought her side looked flat yesterday and said “in the end we lacked personnel and fresh legs”.

They lost midfielder Tayla Braithwaite in the warm-up through illness, Hannah Sunasky was a late withdrawal and Sarah Halvorsen had already played a full game of rugby union that morning in Sydney.

“Considering all of that we did well and I was happy we didn’t concede any goals,” Koppen said.

“Both sides had chunks of possession but neither did anything dangerous with it,” Koppen concluded.

Red Devils coach Marc Hingston was disappointed with the result and felt his side at times allowed Merewether to dictate the pace of the game, which unsettled their usual high-tempo style of play.

He described his side as “careless with the ball” and said they “didn’t play to instruction”.

Wallsend back up on Wednesday night to replay their round-five match with Thornton.

Merewether go head to head with Adamstown this weekend in a battle for the top of the table.


Mid North Coast 0 defeated by Warners Bay 6 (Sass Seaborn 3, Nadja Squires, Adriana Jones, Toria Campbell) at Taree Zone Field. Half-time: Warners Bay led 4-0.

 Sass Seaborn scored a hat-trick as Warners Bay surged into third place on the league ladder with another dominant performance, this time a 6-0 win over Mid North Coast.

The game was not even two minutes old when Seaborn found the back of the net and by half-time she had scored a treble, Nadja Squires had also found the back of the net and the visitors held a 4-0 lead.

Mid North Coast rarely got out of their half in the first period and by the second half the damage was already done.

Adriana Jones and Toria Campbell added goals in the second half and in total Warners Bay have now scored 16 goals in their past three outings.

Visiting coach Leon Davis was pleased with another dominant performance but said Warners Bay still needed to be more ruthless in front of goal as they prepare to do battle with ladder leaders Merewether and Adamstown then unbeaten Wallsend in coming weeks.

“We created 30 or 40 chances and scored only half a dozen,” Davis said.

“When we come up against stronger sides we are not going to have as much time on the ball and are going to need to be putting away all of our chances.”

Warners Bay have the bye this weekend and Davis was hoping it did not disrupt their momentum.


South Wallsend 2 (Maddy Searl, Laynee Field) defeated Thornton 1 (Emily Blanch) at Walker Fields. Half-time: 0-0.

South Wallsend broke through and got their first win of the season, downing Thornton 2-1 yesterday.

Thornton had the better of the game in the first half but were unable to put away their chances. However in the second half, South Wallsend came out firing and flattened the Redbacks with two quick goals.

Maddy Searl scored from a free kick then Laynee Field finished from in front of goal after some great build-up work by Kirralee Gardner down the left wing.

Thornton regained composure late in the match and managed to bridge the gap to one goal with 12 minutes remaining when usual defender Emily Blanch used her pace to beat the South Wallsend defence and goalkeeper to score.

The goal breathed life into Thornton and South Wallsend had to withstand a late charge from their opponents to seal their first win.

South Wallsend player-coach Elyce Bates was relieved to finally break through for a win and hoped it proved a turning point for their season.

“We have been preparing all week for this because for us it was a massive game,” Bates said.

“In the first half we were a bit shaky but we came out much stronger in the second half and just pumped them. A few things went our way as well.

“We changed the formation today; we went back to a 4-4-2 and just tried to play simple and I think that worked.

“Our goalkeeper Faith Lewis played unreal today and really stepped up, all of the girls did.”

South Wallsend were without centre-back Gemma Pearce yesterday through unavailability and Bates felt the win without “one of our stronger players” would give her side immense confidence ahead of their clash with Wallsend this weekend.

Thornton coach Alan Primmer was disappointed with the loss because he felt they had chances to win it but was encouraged by his side’s desperation in the dying stages.

“It was very close, we had chances early and in the first half it really just seemed like a matter of when we’d score, but we didn’t,” Primmer said.

“But I felt in the last 15 minutes of the game the girls got a bit of desire and a sense of urgency. We now need to take that from the game and take that desperation into the Wallsend game Wednesday night,” Primmer concluded.


Adamstown had the bye


 Herald WPL Points table: Merewether 13, Adamstown 13, Warners Bay 10, Wallsend 9, South Wallsend 4, Thornton 3, Mid North Coast 1.


 18s, 16s and 14s Rd 7 results:

 18s: Wallsend beat Merewether 2-0; Warners Bay defeated Mid North Coast 5-2; South Wallsend drew 1-1 with Thornton.

16s: Merewether beat Wallsend 8-1; Mid North Coast drew 2-2 with Warners Bay; Thornton beat South Wallsend 5-0.

14s: Wallsend beat Merewether 7-2; Mid North Coast defeated Warners Bay 2-1; South Wallsend defeated Thornton 6-1.



Upcoming fixtures

 Wednesday 6.30pm

Thornton v Wallsend at Thornton Park


Sunday, 2.15pm

Adamstown v Merewether at Adamstown Oval

Thornton v Mid North Coast at Thornton Park

South Wallsend v Wallsend at Walker Fields

Warners Bay have the bye

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