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NEWFM Northern League One 19s & 23s Grand Final Previews

September 6th, 2019

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 JAMES WARD


 

Under 19’s – 11:00 am

West Wallsend SFC v Cooks Hill United FC

Grand Final day kicks off with a blockbuster showdown between Premiers West Wallsend and the third-placed Cooks Hill United.

The Bluebells ran away with the Premiership in 2019, remaining unbeaten to finish with a remarkable 56 points and 18 wins out of a possible 20.

The blue and white will also be featuring in their second straight Grand Final in the Under 19’s division and will be eager to add another highlight to an already incredible campaign.

Cooks Hill fought hard to make it to the final day and will be the first of three teams to represent the black and white colours at Jack McLaughlan Oval.

The Cookers also had a great season claiming 16 wins along the way and knocked over another quality team in New Lambton to make the decider.

The side progressed with a 4-1 victory on aggregate to defeat the Eagles, while West Wallsend beat Kahibah 5-1 over two legs on their way to the final game.

Both outfits boast prolific goal-scoring attributes with the Bluebells racking up an astonishing 83 goals in their 20 games at an average of just over four goals a game.

Backed up by an equally impressive defence that only leaked 17 goals in 2019, West Wallsend certainly have a formidable line-up.

Cooks Hill finished second on the goal scoring charts with 59 goals, and have strike weapons across the park.

Andrew Benbow looks to be a star of the future, finishing with the Golden Boot for the division with a superb 28 goals for Cooks Hill and will be wanting to make the difference for his team while Samuel Marr is also one to watch knocking in seven goals for the year.

The Premiership winning team from West Wallsend is stacked with quality players including Jed Conway who has led the way with 16 goals to his name while Blake Ciappara and Blake Arthur will look to combine having also scored 12 goals each this season.

The Bluebells defeated the Cookers on both occasions in 2019 with a 3-2 and a 3-1 victory.

The Under 19’s Grand Final shapes up to be an absolute belter of a fixture with a grandstand finish in the works between two high quality teams.

TEAM LISTS

WEST WALLSEND SFC

COOKS HILL UNITED FC


Under 23’s – 1:00 pm

Cooks Hill United FC v Kahibah FC

Cooks Hill United and Kahibah will collide in the Under 23’s Grand Final in what will be a terrific matchup.

Like the First-Grade squad, The Cookers finished as Premiers in the 23’s division, embarking on a sensational campaign that saw them claim 44 points and score 72 goals along the way.

The incredible 72 goals were the highest in the division and at an average of more than three goals a game, the black and white certainly boast an imposing attack.

Also, the side has an equally high standard in defence leaking only 18 goals on the road to the Premiership.

Kahibah found their way into the semi-final after a closely fought finals race to finish in third and also boast a very strong attack that has returned 60 goals this season.

A final day win over West Wallsend in Round 22 was enough to see them make the top four, and then the side defeated the Bluebells with a commanding 7-3 scoreline over two legs in the semi-final series.

The side will be representing Kahibah on the day and will be desperate to bring another trophy back to Kahibah Oval while the Cookers will be the second of three teams from the club to feature on Grand Final day, with all three senior grades making it to the big dance.

Due to both sides high goal ratios, the two teams have a number of lethal weapons in attack with Cooks Hill’s Emerson Augey claiming the Golden Boot with 19 goals and he will be a key figure for the black and white.

Jonah Kinnavong will also be one to watch after scoring 14 goals for the year and he’ll look to link up with Reid Murray who put away 13 goals for the season, while the three attackers were also the three top goalscorers in the division.

Kahibah’s Cameron Wamsley and Jensen Hunt will be the danger men for the Rams with both tallying 11 goals each this season, while the green and black will have to be resolute in defence to shut out the Cookers attack.

Cooks Hill claimed both wins over their upcoming Grand Final opponents in their regular season games, winning 2-0 in both fixtures.

The Under 23’s Grand Final is set to deliver a mammoth showdown between two heavyweights of the division and it will come down to who wants the title more.

TEAM LISTS

COOKS HILL UNITED FC

KAHIBAH FC

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