11:00 am – 18 Years Grand Final
Newcastle Jets – 16 Years vs. Adamstown Rosebud FC
Grand Final day of the 2019 NPL Northern NSW is set to be another cracker and it gets underway with a match between the 16 Years Newcastle Jets side against Adamstown Rosebud in an intriguing contest.
While the young Jets picked up the Premiership and finished six points clear of the Rosebuds in second, they still haven’t managed to defeat Adamstown this season having a 2-2 draw in the first encounter before the Buds turned out a 2-1 win in the reverse fixture.
Adamstown spent the first 13 weeks of the season unbeaten and at the top of the table before then enduring a four-game winless drought where they picked up their only three losses of the season.
They breezed through their Semi-Final series beating Charlestown 4-0 on aggregate but so too did the Jets who defeated Edgeworth 6-1 on aggregate and have been a barnburner of a team in the goal-scoring department.
Over the course of the season, they have totalled a huge 79 goals all while keeping solid at the back with just 21 conceded.
Jets’ forward Josh Benson produced a solid 22 goals for the year to earn himself the league’s Golden Boot, also in the top five of the charts was teammate Sam Haren who managed 12. Mason Wells is also another name to watch out for with his creativity in the midfield.
Adamstown also have scorers of their own in Ewan von Essen who scored 15 this year, and also Kyle Munns who scored 12, while elsewhere on the pitch, Dane Lawther and his tackling ability will prove challenging for the young Jets forwards to evade and has been a key contributor in his team attaining the equal-best defensive record in the league and nine clean sheets.
Both teams have fairly contrasting styles of play and so far, despite their positions on the table, it’s been Adamstown who have won out. Will the young Jets be able to save their biggest game for the biggest occasion and win a second straight 18 Years Grand Final? The Rosebuds will be hoping not.
NEWCASTLE JETS – 16 YEARS
1:00 pm – 20 Years Grand Final
Newcastle Jets – 18 Years vs. Hamilton Olympic FC
The Under 20s Grand Final sees the Newcastle Jets feature in the club’s second match of the day, and while they’ll enter this one as heavy favourites, Hamilton will be confident they can nail out another upset win and take the championship crown for the second year in a row.
The Jets dominated Lake Macquarie City in the Semi-Finals, pouring out an 11-1 aggregate win and lead the competition in both offensive and defensive stats totalling 65 goals whilst conceding just 19.
Olympic scraped through the Semi-Finals beating the Premiers, Broadmeadow Magic, thanks to the away goal rule. They have managed to do fairly well in the big games as well having attained seven points when competing against the other top four sides.
When the two sides met in the regular season, the Jets won out in rather comfortable fashion with 3-0 and 3-1 victories but with stars such as Kane Treble, Jakob Cresner and goalkeeper Jez Murray, who have all had a heap of First Grade experience, along with their go-to scorer Jared Muller who has scored 10 this year, it would be silly to write them off.
Two of the main goal-scorers of the competition come from the Jets squad though – Nick Martinelli who has scored 16 from 17 games and Blake Archbold who has notched up 11 from 14 – as well as one of the stronger and more resilient defenders in the league in Patrick Bond.
Much of the team who will feature against Olympic were the same side that pulled out a tremendous 7-1 Grand Final win in the 18 Years game last year, while seven of the same Hamilton side which won the 20 Years Championship in 2018 will play in this year’s edition.
The underdog tag is clearly something Olympic have embraced in this year’s finals and while they have their work cut out for them against a top-quality and highly structured Jets team, a shock could be on the cards if they can continue their clean sheet streak.
NEWCASTLE JETS – 18 YEARS