Herald Women’s Round 5 Review

April 11th, 2016

Renee Valentine


Warners Bay 5 (Sass Seaborn 2, Cassidy Davis, Adriana Jones, Tulia Palozzi) defeated Thornton 0 at Thornton Park. Half-time: Warners Bay led 4-0.

Merewether 1 (Lori Depczynski) defeated Mid North Coast 0 at Taree Zone Field. Half-time: Merewether led 1-0.

Adamstown 2 (Elodie Dagg, Rhali Dobson) defeated South Wallsend 0 at Walker Fields. Half-time: Adamstown led 1-0.

Wallsend had the bye


Match-by-Match Review

Saturday, April 9

Warners Bay 5 (Sass Seaborn 2, Cassidy Davis, Adriana Jones, Tulia Palozzi) defeated Thornton 0 at Thornton Park. Half-time: Warners Bay led 4-0.

Warners Bay registered their first win of the season in sensational fashion, defeating Thornton 5-0 on Saturday, but coach Leon Davis said there was plenty of improvement still to make.

Warners Bay made an indifferent start to the season but now look to be gaining more confidence and cohesion with each outing and showed it on Saturday that they would be semi-finals contenders.

“They were some good team goals and that was pleasing, but we could’ve had more,” Davis said.

“If we had won 10-0 I would’ve been happy. I always look at where we can improve. We hit the post seven times and we weren’t clinical enough in the second half.

“We were so much more agile and fluid in the way we went about things and the pleasing thing for me was that we could quite comfortably change the tempo of the game when required.

“Things are slowly coming together for us,” Davis concluded.

The visitors led 4-0 at the break after a versatile Sass Seaborn scored a brace and Jets players Cassidy Davis and Adriana Jones got on the scoresheet as well.

The visitors were kept to just one goal in the second half, which came through Tulia Palozzi.

Thornton coach Alan Primmer said “we just weren’t good enough”.

“We sat too deep and just let them play and similar to Merewether, we turned the ball over too much,” Primmer said.

Thornton were still without injured players Ashley Vickery and Skye Preston and enigmatic striker Naomi Abbott was nursing a shoulder injury and played from the bench.


Sunday, April 10

Merewether 1 (Lori Depczynski) defeated Mid North Coast 0 at Taree Zone Field. Half-time: Merewether led 1-0.

 Merewether coach Cassie Koppen identified “consistency” as something to work after a hard-fought 1-0 win over Mid North Coast.

The defending champions scored 12 goals in their previous two outings whereas Mid North Coast were coming off a 6-0 loss to Wallsend in round three.

But the hosts, who had the bye in round four, played with renewed vigour against the competition heavyweights.

“We didn’t play well at all but credit to Mid North Coast; they played like we thought they would. They put a lot of pressure on us and played with a lot of enthusiasm,” Koppen said.

“We needed to get on top of them early and put one or two goals on them but we didn’t.”

Merewether got on the scoresheet midway through the first half when Lori Depczynski scored a header off a Jamee Ellis corner.

United lost Bronte Walters (ankle) and Nicki Jones (hamstring) in the second half through injury and started the game without Hannah Sunasky after discovering a last-minute registration issue.

“It got quite tough there at the end but we managed to hang on,” Koppen said.

Mid North Coast coach Matt Baker was encouraged by the turnaround of his charges after their six-goal drubbing at the hands of the Red Devils.

“From our last game to this game and considering they put five goals on South Wallsend last week and we only had 11 fresh players, I was pretty happy with that,” Baker said.

Baker said “at times I thought we looked good in attack” but suggested they needed to develop confidence to play the ball out from the backline in order to retain possession, saying United dominated at least 65 per cent of possession.


Adamstown 2 (Elodie Dagg, Rhali Dobson) defeated South Wallsend 0 at Walker Fields. Half-time: Adamstown led 1-0.

Adamstown continued their unbeaten start to the competition with a 2-0 win over South Wallsend yesterday.

South Wallsend are still searching for their first win of the season but player-coach Elyce Bates felt they were heading in the right direction and were well in the match yesterday but for a couple of moments of inexperience which resulted in goals.

“I could not fault any of the girls today,” Bates said. “We come off the field and we were run off our feet.

“I thought we played some really nice football and showed we can definitely match it with these teams, we just can’t get that bit of luck at the moment.

“We didn’t deserve to lose that game, but I think today’s performance was definitely a massive improvement.”

Adamstown opened the scoring 35 minutes into the game when Elodie Dagg tapped in the rebound off a corner.

The game remained tight in the second half but Jets player Rhali Dobson gave her side a more comfortable lead in the 70th minute when she beat South Wallsend goalkeeper Faith Lewis in a one-on-one situation to score.

The win keeps Adamstown on top of the table with 13 points and a one-point buffer over second-placed Merewether.

Adamstown coach Ben Herron said they “did not value the ball very much and turned over a lot of needless ball” which at times upset their rhythm.

“I never felt like we were going to lose the game but it was just a matter of killing it off,” Herron said.

“We need to work on developing our confidence in front of goal so we can convert some of these chances we are creating.”

Jasmin Courtenay and Emily Frost were in doubt through injury for the match but both managed to take the field for Adamstown.

Bates tinkered with the South Wallsend line-up, moving herself from central defence to a more accustomed midfield role and pushed Lauren Austin into the backline and felt the move proved successful.

She was looking forward to welcoming back striker Layney Field from injury this weekend to add some punch up front.


Wallsend had the bye


 WPL Points table: Adamstown 13, Merewether 12, Wallsend 8, Warners Bay 4, Thornton 3, Mid North Coast 1, South Wallsend 1.


WPL 18s, 16s and 14s results:

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

16s: Thornton drew 0-0 with Warners Bay; Adamstown beat South Wallsend 2-0; Mid North coast defeated Merewether 7-1.

14s: Warners Bay drew 1-1 with Thornton; Adamstown drew 1-1 with South Wallsend; Mid North Coast downed Merewether 12-0.


WPL Round 6 Fixtures

Sunday, April 16

All games kick off at 2.15pm


Adamstown v Mid North Coast

At Adamstown No.2 Oval


Warners Bay v South Wallsend

At John St Oval


Thornton v Wallsend

At Thornton Park


Merewether have the bye

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