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NPL Women’s NNSW Round 15 Review: Warners Bay, Magic continue charge towards premiership

July 18th, 2022

Grace Clegg

Sproule Sports Focus


BROADMEADOW MAGIC FC 3-1 ADAMSTOWN ROSEBUD JFC

Broadmeadow Magic maintained the pressure on Warners Bay at the top of the table with a 3-1 win over Adamstown Rosebud on Friday night.

The victory at Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility saw Magic remain three points behind the Panthers, with Lucy Jerram giving Broadmeadow the lead in the opening minute.

Lucy Kell took advantage of another Adamstown mistake in the 12th minute before Rhali Dobson made it 3-0 going into half-time.

Rosebud managed to get one back in the second half to make it 3-1 but it was too little too late for Ryan Campbell’s side.

Adamstown have won just three games all season with their hopes of playing finals football all but extinguished.

But Campbell was pleased with his team’s efforts despite the defeat.

“I thought we did really well in possession of the ball,” Campbell said.

“The girls were challenged but remained calm and composed under Magic’s pressure on the whole.”

But simple errors proved costly for Rosebud with mistakes leading to Broadmeadow goals.

“We made a few errors which lead directly to [Magic’s] goals which is something we have to address quickly before Tuesday’s game,” Campbell said.

It does not get any easier for Adamstown as they travel to John Street Oval to face leaders Warners Bay in their rescheduled round 14 match on Tuesday night.


MID COAST FC 1-4 MAITLAND FC

Maitland kept their top four dreams alive after downing Mid Coast FC 4-1 in Taree on Saturday night.

The Magpies came from a goal down to beat Mid Coast and move within two points of the top four, hot on the heels of Newcastle Olympic.

The visitors found themselves 1-0 down going into half-time after Chelsea Hall’s goal for Middies in the 11th minute.

Maitland bounced back quickly in the second half with a goal to Maddy Howard followed by an own goal.

Kaitlin Radstaak’s penalty put Maitland 3-1 in front before Sophie Stapleford sealed the points with a free kick to make it 4-1.

Maitland coach David Walker was more than pleased with his side’s showing despite the wet weather and missing several key players.

“It was a good win for us,” Walker said.

“The players did really well in sort of wet conditions but it was good we could still play the same. We’re still struggling a bit with squad numbers. We’re missing some key players but the group worked well together.”

The Magpies are still missing Ainsley Childs and Mercedes McNabb due to injury but both girls are on track to return over the coming weeks.

Toria Campbell will not return this season with a long-term injury while Emily Wicks was missing against Middies due to illness.

“Losing players to injury and illness has been a big thing this season whether it be the flu or Covid. We’re still losing two to three players a week on average at the moment,” Walker said.

It was a double celebration for Maitland with goalkeeper Imogene Tomasone celebrating her 150th first grade game across the NPL Women’s NNSW and Women’s Premier League competitions.

“It was Imogene’s 150th game… so that was a good milestone and it was good to get the win for her on that occasion,” Walker said.

The win was also crucial in ensuring the Magpies remain within top four reach.

“The result was what we needed from a table perspective,” Walker said.

“We’ve got a mid-week catch-up game this week and then we play the weekend, so we’ve got a bit of a heavier schedule with three games in that seven-day period. It will be good though, hopefully we can continue to build momentum.”

Maitland travel to Alder Park to play their rescheduled round 14 match against New Lambton on Wednesday night before backing up to host Newcastle Olympic in the match of the round on Sunday.


NEW LAMBTON FC 0-12 WARNERS BAY FC

Five goals to Newcastle Jets captain Cass Davis helped Warners Bay to a commanding 12-0 win over New Lambton on Sunday.

The Panthers were dominant at John Street Oval, with the victory maintaining their three-point advantage over Broadmeadow at the top.

Davis and Jets teammate Tara Andrews did the brunt of the heavy lifting for Warners Bay, with Davis scoring five and Andrews a hat-trick.

With the wet weather causing havoc for the competition, Warners Bay coach Craig Atkins was pleased his side got the chance to play.

“It was important to play this weekend and moving the game to our home ground which has held up quite well was very important to keep the match fitness up and continue building on our momentum,” Atkins said.

Atkins’ side made a fast start and went on to score 12, the third time they have notched double figures in a match this season. The Panthers have now scored 87 goals in 14 matches so far this season at an average of more than six per game.

“I thought the girls started well. We got a nice early goal and then it took us a little while to sort of hit our straps but we had the combinations and that started working,” Atkins said.

“The first half was great and then at half-time we made some changes amongst the group. It’s always good to keep a clean sheet and we scored a few more goals in the second half and we’re looking forward to moving on from here.”

With Andrews back in their side, the Panthers proved as lethal as ever.

“It was good to have Tara back,” Atkins said.

“She’s been struggling with Covid but she played an hour’s worth and got herself a hat-trick.”

With another three points gained Atkins and his squad are turning their attention to next week.

“It was great to get the three points and we’re looking forward to next week,” Atkins said.

New Lambton remain without a point as their dismal season continued.

The Eagles will try to change that when they take on Adamstown Rosebud on Saturday night, while Warners Bay host Mid Coast on Sunday afternoon.


The match between Newcastle Olympic and Charlestown Azzurri was postponed.


Meanwhile, Northern NSW Football announced on Friday its plan to complete its 2022 Premier Competitions.

See the changes to the NPL Women’s NNSW competition HERE

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