Match of the Round
Newcastle Olympic 6 (Jemma House 3, Laura Hall, Stacey Day, Georgia Amess) defeated Adamstown Rosebud 0
It was a tough day at the office for Adamstown Rosebud who were battered by a composed and experienced Newcastle Olympic on Sunday afternoon.
Olympic scored six unanswered goals in the thumping, including a second hat-trick in as many weeks for Jemma House.
Laura Hall and Georgia Amess also found the back of the net for the home side, while Stacey Day marked her second game at the club with a spectacular header.
Olympic coach Harmonie Attwill was impressed by the attitude shown by her experienced squad.
“Adamstown are a very physical team and early on tried to unsettle our game plan,” she said.
“The maturity of my players showed through in the end. We responded and allowed our football to do the talking.
“Today showed we are a contender for one of the top spots.
“We have the players who show the commitment and a club with support personnel who will ensure quality in the program we deliver.”
Adamstown sit third on the ladder following the loss, one point behind second-placed Merewether.
“I thought that we were a little overawed by the occasion but I didn’t think that the score was completely telling of the game,” Adamstown coach Ryan Campbell said.
“Defensively we need to be more resolute and ensure that we defend our goals with more desperation at times… we will have this as a major focus this weekend leading into next week.”
The loss of keeper Olivia Sneddon was a huge blow for the young Adamstown squad.
“Losing our keeper early on to a very poor challenge had a major effect on the game and changed the momentum,” Campbell said.
“Overall Olympic were too strong though and deserved the result.
“I feel that we are still a couple of weeks away from playing at our ultimate level… we had a great preseason before COVID whereas now we are still working our way back into some rhythm.”
Merewether 4 (Katy Gray, Ellie Butler, Tamara Nash, Jamee Ellis) defeated Broadmeadow Magic 3 (Adriana Jones 2, Lucy Jerram)
It was hardly ideal weather for football at Arthur Edden Oval on Friday night but it did little to dampen the on-field spectacle as Merewether downed newcomers Broadmeadow Magic in a high-scoring affair.
Jamee Ellis and Katy Gray combined to open the account for the Lammas. Ellis’ corner finding the head of Gray in the fourth minute.
Adriana Jones proved to be a handful at the other end. The women in red created plenty of chances early but were unable to convert into goals.
Magic did eventually find the back of the net thanks to Lucy Jerram, despite the best efforts of Merewether keeper Alison Logue.
The Lammas returned to the lead not long after, as Ellie Butler got the last touch in a scrappy contest close to goal. Merewether once again extended the margin thanks to Tamara Nash.
A two-goal difference did little to break the resolve of Broadmeadow who forced an error in the 18-yard box on half time with Jones too good for Logue from the spot, giving the Lammas 3-2 half-time lead.
Scores were again level not long after the break, before Jamee Ellis found the match-winner from a free kick from distance.
Merewether coach Scott Ellis was happy to have walked away with all three points.
“We had some really good moments going forward. We defended extremely well at times but again we let them have a lot of the ball which was again a bit frustrating,” Ellis said.
“We definitely improved… we played better, [it was a] short week. We only got one session in. [We] didn’t really have a chance to work on much.”
Ellis saw the spectacle as a glowing endorsement for local women’s football.
“It’s going to be a really interesting season is going to be the bottom line. We’ve now got a number of sides who are going to be competitive,” he said.
“For women’s football, anyone who wants to come out and watch it’s a very entertaining game.”
Broadmeadow coach Jake Curley was also quick to draw positives from the narrow loss.
“I was really happy with how they played. I thought they controlled the possession really well, created plenty of chances. In the end it was just one of those nights,” Curley said.
“[We] just played to where the strengths were tonight and I thought Lucy Jerram was really good.”
Magic now turn their attention to a Wednesday night catch up game with Warners Bay at Magic Park.
“We’ve got training on Monday, game Wednesday, training Thursday and Saturday, game Sunday and Monday we’re going to bring them in for Yoga,” Curley said.
New Lambton 0 defeated by Mid Coast 3 (Jess James 2, Layni Fens)
Jess James bagged a brace as Mid Coast recorded its second win in as many weeks, defeating New Lambton at Alder Park on Sunday afternoon.
Layni Fens was also on the scoresheet for the visitors, who were dominant in the second half. The score at half-time was locked at nil-all, despite chances on both sides.
“Something I took away that we improved on last week was our willingness to see out the match and fight for the result,” Mid Coast coach Mick Grass said.
“Overall, I thought the game was a bit of a scrappy grind. Both teams put some nice combinations together at times but nothing consistent.”
Mid Coast now sit fifth on the Herald Women’s Premier League table having recorded two wins and two losses.
“The suspension of the season gave us an opportunity to assess where we were at as a group and individually and our conditioning was targeted as an area where we could make real gains,” Grass said.
“We’re definitely much stronger in that area than we were at the start.”
The loss for New Lambton means last year’s premiers are still yet to record a win this campaign.
“This season was always going to be a steep learning curve for the girls so it’s an ongoing process. But we are definitely moving forward,” Eagles coach Brad Jones said.
“The first half was a really tight arm wrestle where both sides had good chances… the second half was not good enough by us.
“I can’t fault the effort of the girls, however, the execution of our game plan wasn’t good enough and middies [Mid Coast] capitalised.
“At the end of the day they deserved their win.”
Next up for the Eagles is Warners Bay at Arthur Edden Oval on Saturday. It will be the Panthers’ third game in seven days but that will not changed the perspective of the New Lambton coach.
“There isn’t an easy match and if you aren’t ready to play each and every week you will be punished,” Jones said.
Thornton Redbacks 1 (Taleah Mountford) defeated by Warners Bay 3 (Ellie Brown 2, Tomeeka Davies)
Warners Bay will head into Wednesday night’s catch up game against Broadmeadow Magic with valuable momentum after the Panthers recorded a 3-1 win over Thornton on Sunday.
Ellie Brown bagged a double as Warners Bay moved into fourth on the ladder. The visiting Panthers still have a game in hand over the top three sides, meaning a win on Wednesday could push them into second place, only behind leaders Olympic on goal difference.
Coach Craig Atkins was overall impressed with the performance but was quick to analyse the need for the side to be more clinical in the final third.
“The girls dominated possession and moved the ball around well for the majority of the match,” Atkins said.
“We gave away another soft goal which is something we can’t afford to do each week… we need to be taking our chances more regularly. We should have scored more goals.”
Sunday’s game was the first of three in seven days for the Panthers who will back up from Wednesday’s game to play New Lambton at Alder Park on Saturday.
“The girls are definitely improving each game we play, which gives us confidence heading into every game,” Atkins said.
“The girls reflect really well on their own and the team’s performance each game, which is really positive for themselves and for the squad.”
It was another luckless afternoon for Thornton, who are yet to record a win from three starts.
“It was a fantastic effort and a solid performance from the girls,” Thornton coach Alan Primmer said.
“We started well, lost Bella Wotzil inside the first 10 minutes after she took a bad knock, then Chelsea Gay after 20 minutes, so I lost my two front girls.
“We then lost Celeste Edwards at half-time. So the effort was fantastic but we still let ourselves down in simple areas.”
Managing injuries and depth will be one of the big challenges for Primmer who will now turn his attention to Sunday’s clash with ladder leaders Newcastle Olympic.