13 Years – 9:00am
Newcastle Jets – 12 Years vs. Broadmeadow Magic FC
The 2019 NPL NNSW Youth Grand Final Day kicks-off with an intriguing fixture as an underdog Broadmeadow Magic side look to register the Newcastle Jets 12 Years’ first loss of the year in the biggest game of the season.
The Jets have been dominant all year taking out an undefeated Premiership whilst scoring a whopping 185 goals from their 27 matches played with four players in the side scoring over 20 including the league’s Golden Boot winner Jesse Hill who managed 43 throughout the year.
Goalkeeper Oscar Archbold is also a man to be watched out for having only conceded 20 this year, however, Magic also have their stars including the second-leading goal-scorer for the year, Cooper Vimpani (41) as well as creative midfielder Kalen Routley who can also be a danger in front of goal.
The Jets have only dropped points on one occasion this season, and dispelled Broadmeadow in both regular-season encounters with a big 8-1 win in Round 1, followed up by a 4-1 victory in Round 14.
They flexed their muscles last week with a 5-2 Semi-Final win over Adamstown, but the third-placed Magicians proved they can punch above their weight defeating Hamilton 3-1 to progress to the Grand Final, setting up what should be a terrific opener to a great day.
NEWCASTLE JETS – 12 YEARS
BROADMEADOW MAGIC FC
14 Years – 11:00 am
Broadmeadow Magic FC vs. Hamilton Olympic FC
It’s a Red and Blue Derby in the 14 Years Grand Final as the league’s top two teams battle it out in what should be an enthralling fixture for the ultimate crown.
The two rivals met back in the 13 Years’ Grand Final last year, and this year have both traded intense victories earlier in the season, with the Premiers Broadmeadow, beating Olympic 3-2 in their most recent match in Round 21, however, in Round 10, the boys in blue won 4-3 in a high-scoring contest.
Hamilton’s Cohen Bartrop has been one of the more consistent stars in the 14 Years competition, and you can’t go past the league’s Golden Boot winner Aswin Gurung, who totalled an incredible 50 goals and has already scored multiple times when facing Magic. Broadmeadow’s Mason King has also been clinical for his side, scoring 35 goals throughout the regular season and has assisted numerous as well.
Hamilton and Broadmeadow have both been a clear level above the rest of their opposition having managed to score over 100 goals – 138 for Hamilton and 112 for Broadmeadow – while also possessing a solid defence – Olympic has conceded just 19, while Magic has only leaked 22. They proved it in the Semi-Finals as well as both recorded 7-0 victories over the Newcastle Jets – 13 Years, and North Coast Football.
If the two matches earlier this year between these two are anything to go by, on-lookers this weekend at Hamilton’s home will be treated to one of the most exciting matches of the day.
BROADMEADOW MAGIC FC
HAMILTON OLYMPIC FC
15 Years – 1:00 pm
Hamilton Olympic vs. North Coast Football
In another match that sees a 1st v 2nd tussle, Premiers Hamilton will host North Coast Football looking to keep their undefeated streak going for just one more game to take out the 15 Years title.
Although the Olympic side will enter this match as favourites, North Coast Football has taken points off them once before this season nabbing a 0-0 drawback in Round 4, which proved to be the only time the premiers were kept scoreless, before then going down later 4-1 in Round 17.
This time it’ll be a battle between the best defence in the league against the best attack in the league – Hamilton only conceded 19 goals this season while the North Coast squad propelled 105 goals over the course of the year.
Another interesting match-up will be that of the two best strikers in the league, Lachlan Griffiths from Olympic who finished the year with the Golden Boot and 35 goals, and North Coast’s Jarret Power-Casson who managed 28, while midfielder Marcus Field and his terrific dribbling skills will also be something pundits should look out for.
While North Coast Football pulled off a robust 5-1 victory over the Jets – 14 Years in the Semi-Finals, Hamilton only snuck their way through beating rivals Broadmeadow on penalties.
The home ground advantage and the long travel for their opposition may play into Hamilton’s favour, but don’t expect North Coast to go down without a fight as the squad look to acquire their second Grand Final win a row.
HAMILTON OLYMPIC FC
NORTH COAST FOOTBALL
16 Years – 3:00 pm
Newcastle Jets – 15 Years vs. North Coast Football
The 16 Years competition proved to be one of the closest and most exciting in all the Youth grades as the Newcastle Jets – 15 Years side narrowly took out the Premiership but will now have their work cut out for them in the Grand Final against North Coast Football.
While the Jets finished the year with a huge 137 goals scored to their name, the North Coast team finished with the best defensive record in the competition, conceding just 24 goals, and defeated their Grand Final opponents once before back in Round 20, 5-3.
In Round 7 though, the Jets won 2-1 and pose multiple threats when going forward including three of the top four goal-scorers in 2019 – Ian Matthews who scored 20, Lachlan West who scored 22, and the Golden Boot winner Archie Goodwin who knocked in 26.
For North Coast, Frederick Alderman proved to be their most lethal striker nailing 19 over the regular-season, but another man their opposition will need to pay close attention is that of midfielder Charlie Kelly who has been one of the best in the competition.
Both sides could have easily found themselves missing out on this year’s big dance as two extremely tight contests took place in the semi-finals – North Coast just edged out Hamilton with a 2-1 win, while the Jets came from behind to win on penalties against Lambton.
The final match of the day is one to stick around for as this one could finish in either’s favour and in so many different ways.
NEWCASTLE JETS – 15 YEARS
NORTH COAST FOOTBALL