Herald WPL 14s, 17s & Reserves Grand Final Previews

August 30th, 2019



Under 14s – 9:00am

Football Mid North Coast vs Merewether United FC

The best of the best come face to face in the first match of the day at Rockwell Automation Park as Premiers Football Mid North Coast play against runners-up Merewether.

First-placed Mid North Coast overcame Wallsend at Lisle Carr Oval, drawing on a 3-2 aggregate lead from the first leg to get the job done last Sunday. Merewether joined their rivals in the big dance with a win against Warners Bay.

Mid North Coast shone across the season, chalking up 18 victories and two draws to finish on 56 points. The seven-point buffer ahead of second-place saw them claim the second straight Under 14s top spot.

United’s youngsters weren’t far behind the Premiers, with 49 points from 16 wins and a single draw. The team lost just four games, conceding 16 goals and finding the back of the net a hefty 74 times in 21 games. It was only the Middies who outshot the Baby Llamas scoring 88.

The tale of the tape can’t separate the two Grand Finalists. Their first meeting in Round 3 at Wayne Richards Park saw each team leave with a point after a 1-1 battle. Merewether took the lead with a 4-3 epic at Myamblah Oval in Round 10, before Mid North Coast claimed revenge with a tight 2-1 win at home in Round 17.

Both clubs boast four of the top five goal scorers ahead of the big dance. Golden boot winner Jessica Watts slotted 35 for Mid North Coast and was backed up by teammate Alira Knight with 24. Jessica McMorrow scored 23 and Cassie Corder scored 19 for United.

Key: Can Mid North Coast take advantage of the mental edge their 2-1 victory in Round 17 will give them, or can Merewether claim revenge against the premiers?





Under 17s – 11:00am

Warners Bay FC vs Adamstown Rosebud JFC

Adamstown head into the Grand Final as favourites after bowling over third-placed Football Mid North Coast 2-0 in both of their Semi-Final legs.

Warners Bay scored a major upset at Lisle Carr Oval though, knocking off the table-topping Wallsend squad with a nil-all draw last weekend to punch their ticket to the Grand Final in style after a 3-1 victory in the opening leg.

Adamstown had a strong run in the regular season, losing just twice on their way to 17 wins and 53 points. The Rosebud peppered their opponent’s goals in 2019, scoring a league-high of 102 goals and conceding just 18 along the way.

Their fourth-placed opponents, Warners Bay, had a more mixed season before recording their Semi-Final upset over the Premiers. Warners Bay finished 22 points behind Adamstown on 31, with nine wins and four draws. Defensively they were rock-solid, however, allowing just 34 in their 21 appearances from March to the postseason.

The Rosebud’s hold the advantage in the head-to-head, though it took time for the Buds to find their feet. The squads finished deadlocked in a 0-0 clash in the opening round before Adamstown won 2-0 in Round 8. Their last meeting was a little tougher for Warners Bay, however, as the Buds clocked up a 9-1 victory.

Tayna Jones and Imanee Burke have been dangerous in front of goals for Adamstown too, netting 26 and 21 respectively. Zara White topped Warners Bay’s scoring chart with 11 goals.

Key: Adamstown are the favourites, but Warners Bay have proven they have what it takes to pull out an upset. Can they repeat their Semi-Final magic on the season’s biggest stage?





Reserves – 1:00pm

New Lambton FC vs Adamstown Rosebud JFC

In another battle of the regular season, Premiers New Lambton will take on second-placed Adamstown for the Reserve Grade title.

There was barely anything to split New Lambton and the Rosebud’s in their 21-game campaigns, as each team finished on 44 points with 13 wins, five draws, and three losses.

New Lambton led the way in goalscoring, notching a league-high of 50 goals with top-scorer Taylah Bryde chipping in 18. Maddison Stockham (14 goals) and Isabella Cosentino (10 goals) also helped the Eagles in their attacking strengths.

On the other side of the coin, Adamstown was the strongest defensive team in the league, conceding just 17 goals in 21 games. The squad missed the top spot on goal difference, after only scoring 39 goals alongside their rock-solid efforts.

The Buds waved away a challenge from third-placed Warners Bay in the two-legged Semi-Finals with a 2-1 victory to win the tie after a 0-0 in the first meeting, while New Lambton defeated Wallsend 5-3 on aggregate despite losing the second leg.

New Lambton holds the advantage in the head-to-head after winning two of the three meetings between the two teams this season. The first-placed squad won 2-0 at No.1 Oval, and 3-1 at Alder Park, with their victories split by a 2-1 win for the Buds in Round 10.

Key: Can Adamstown level the head-to-head record between the two teams with a win in the biggest game of the season?





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